Terpenes are highly aromatic compounds that create the distinctive scents of many plants and herbs, such as rosemary, sage, and lavender. They are the essential oils of all plants, including cannabis, and are the reason why fresh oranges, mint and pine trees all smell so amazing.
Terpenes play a vital role in plants, attracting pollinators and in some cases acting to repel insects. They are also known for a wide range of wellness benefits. Some of the most common of these include Myrcene, found in various plants including wild thyme, lemon grass and mango, and which is believed to give a calming, relaxing effect; Pinene, found in pine needles, conifers and sage, for example, and which be used to help with alertness and enhance memory retention; and Limonene, found in the peels of oranges and other citrus fruits, which is recognised as a mood elevator and good for combatting stress.