Bacteria are the most abundant form of life on the planet and are essential to the well-being of every living thing. Bacteria help us digest food and plants grow, and they clean the soil and water and help cycle nitrogen and phosphorus, which are essential for life. The majority of bacteria help us and the environment. However, some bacteria or the wrong bacteria in the wrong places can make us sick, create chronic rashes, or otherwise contribute to ill health.
The Limits of Traditional Antibiotics
Traditional or synthetic antibiotics are life-saving in an emergency. However, there are two problems:
They are indiscriminate and kill beneficial bacteria while they take care of the problem ones.
The overuse of antibiotics has created drug-resistant harmful bacteria.
Many Hemp Terpenes Have Natural Antibiotic, Antiviral, and Antiseptic Properties
The 26 hemp terpenes listed below are in different tinctures of Jampha’s Synegy Enhanced Terpene Infusions CBD oils, and topicals. For additional researched benefits of each terpene or to locate a product containing a specific terpene, check out our blog on The Health Benefits of Hemp Terpenes. Since Jampha’s CBD products are made with organic hemp, so they are legal nationwide, we’ll focus on the hemp plant in this article. However, most of the terpenes in hemp are also in cannabis.
Pungent and herbal-scented camphene is sourced from rosemary as well as from hemp. Historically, it was used as a lamp fuel before kerosene was widely available. As an antibiotic, camphene is not only selective about the bacteria it targets it also enhances the effectiveness of synthetic antibiotics. This helps fight bacteria that are resistant to traditional treatments.
Camphor has the interesting ability to help other substances penetrate through the skin. So, if you have a healing lotion with camphor, the other molecules can better get through the skin barrier and deliver their benefits.
Gram-positive and negative refer to how the bacteria show up on a standard test. Gram-negative bacteria cause things like pneumonia and wound infections, while gram-positive bacteria cause strep and staph infections.
Substances like citral that work against gram-negative bacteria can support wound healing as well as fight infections. Citral also combats the fungus Candida by stripping the biofilm that thrives in moist areas of the body. Candida is a common and harmful fungus often found in different areas of the body, including the digestive tract. It doesn’t cause any trouble in some people, but for others, it can create a spectrum of symptoms, from toenail fungus to bloating and diarrhea.
Citronellol is found in the oils of roses and geraniums, as well as hemp. Bugs hate citronellol, which is why it’s common in some bug-repellant formulas. Citronellol is effective against fungus and can be applied topically. However, researchers found that it had to be used daily until the fungus was completely gone.
G-terpinene is found in many plants, including celery, grapes, cumin, ginger, and hemp. With a strong lemon odor, it is frequently added to everything from soaps to tobacco. G-terpinene is not as powerful an antibiotic as many other hemp terpenes, but it does fight fungus.
Geraniol can be extracted from several plants, including geranium, thyme, rose, and hemp. Various studies have demonstrated geraniol fights both bacteria and fungi. A research review showed geraniol to work against 78 different microorganisms. It’s also a natural insect repellant.
Myrcene is an abundant terpene found in hops, tea tree oil, basil, lemongrass, mango, and hemp. It is also found in a medicinal shrub used in Brazil to treat diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, and hypertension. Myrcene has a peppery, spicy scent and flavor.
Nerolidol can be extracted from ginger, lavender, honeysuckle, and hemp. It is floral and fruity with woodsy back notes. A 2016 review of studies demonstrates nerolidol’s wide variety of health applications. It was effective against more than 25 different bacteria strains. Nerolidol also is effective against bacterial biofilms. The biofilms can be hard to treat because the bacteria form complex structures and are more resistant than on their own. Nerolidol was able to inhibit the formation of biofilms by as much as 80%. The same reviews cover various studies where nerolidol effectively killed or inhibited fungi, including Candida. The antifungal benefits were found in both humans and plants. Nerolidol also enhances skin penetration and kills parasites, including the one responsible for malaria. It is also effective against some viruses.
Found in citrus fruits as well as hemp, valencene smells and tastes like a fresh orange. Because of its abundance and great scent, valencene is commonly used in perfume and cleaning products. It is effective as an antiseptic.
Hemp Terpenes are Natural Preservatives with Remarkable Health Benefits
Terpenes are specialized plant molecules designed to support the health and growth of the plant, so it is not surprising that so many active plant compounds have powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Nature is designed to thrive, and these protections are a necessity for plant survival. Some customers have wondered why we don’t add preservatives to our
Jampha products. Some artificial preservatives are harmful to your health, and with the natural bacteria, fungus, and virus-killing properties of terpenes, chemical preservatives are unnecessary. The natural terpenes we add to our unique tinctures are packed with power! In addition to keeping our oils and topicals fresh, these plant molecules deliver health benefits and support to crucial systems in your body.
Jampha Tibetan Pharmacy has created Turquoise Dragon a Full Spectrum Anti Biotic, Anti-viral and anti-bacterial super botanical infusion. Combining Synergy Enhanced Terpenes with many rare and precious Tibetan Medicine Botanicals.
Because Tibetan treatments, therapies and medicine are not yet recognized, licensed, or regulated by the AMA or FDA or any US agency. This document is not to be construed as a diagnostic tool and/or that of prescribing medicines or therapies, it is for informational support only. Consult your doctor before taking any medications.