The zesty scent that assaults your nostrils when you bite into an orange? It’s thanks to limonene. Limonene is one of the most common terpenes found in nature. This organic compound is responsible for some of our favourite flavours and aromas.   

What are the health benefits of limonene?  

Beyond its refreshing citrus aroma, Limonene may offer a variety of health benefits including: 

  • Anti-inflammation: Emerging studies suggest limonene’s strong anti-inflammatory capacity, potentially benefits conditions such as arthritis, asthma and allergies. 
  • Stress relief: Limonene’s scent imparts a calming effect, offering potential relief for stress, anxiety and depression. 
  • Digestive wellness: By fostering digestive enzyme production and curbing gut inflammation, limonene may contribute to healthier digestion. 
  • Skin health: With its anti-inflammatory and healing attributes, limonene is a favoured ingredient in skincare products. 

How can I include more limonene in my diet?  

You’ll find limonene in lemons, oranges, grapefruits and limes, but also in rosemary, juniper and peppermint.  

  • Oranges: Oranges are a great limonene source packed with vitamin C, which is essential for immune health.  
  • Lemons: Lemons are another excellent source of limonene, and their juice and zest can be used to add flavour to many dishes.  
  • Cannabis: Some strains of cannabis contain high levels of limonene, which is one of the reasons why some people find it an effective treatment for anxiety and depression.  
  • Rosemary: Rosemary is a versatile herb used to enhance roasted meats, soups and stews.  
  • Peppermint: Peppermint tea is a delicious and refreshing way to get more limonene into your diet, and it’s also great for digestion.  
  • Juniper berries: Juniper berries are packed with limonene. Often used in gin, juniper can also flavour meats and stews.  

Limonene is a versatile and powerful terpene that may offer many health benefits. Whether you’re looking to reduce inflammation, improve digestive health, or enjoy the refreshing aroma of citrus fruits and herbs, getting more limonene into your day-to-day may be a great place to start. So go ahead and enjoy that juicy orange or hot cup of peppermint tea – your body will thank you for it! 

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This article is intended as general information and is not a substitute for medical advice from your treating doctor.  You must always speak with your doctor about the appropriate treatment for you based on your individual health circumstances.

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