Cymene is known to be a popular terpene that is quite well-known for its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. Not only is it found in marijuana cultivars, but it can also be found in mace, cilantro, eucalyptus, oregano, and anise. Many different types of essential oils contain cymene and aside from just being used in oils, it has some potential therapeutic benefits as well.
Users of thyme, cumin, or eucalyptus oil have probably come across cymene in their aromatherapy sessions or while applying some of the oils to their skin. Pepper spray is said to include cymene. Cymene hasn’t been researched in-depth on humans for too many medical issues, but studies on animals have shown some positive results.
It is said to have the ability to decrease the growth of various microbes. Because it is included in thyme oil, this is what makes it so effective as an antimicrobial ingredient in many cleaning sprays for the house. The natural antibacterial features of cymene can make it effective for keeping food from bacteria.
One study that was conducted in 2013 showed that cymene has anti-inflammatory properties in the body’s cellular messaging system. Another study that was conducted in Germany confirmed these anti-inflammatory benefits and was able to alleviate some of the pain in mice. Some research in Brazil revealed that cymene has antioxidant properties and could potentially be used as a neuroprotectant because of that.
Laboratories have used cymene on human cells in cancer research and found that it inhibits the growth of tumors in certain tissues in ovarian and lung cancer. Some strains of cannabis that have low concentrations of cymene have the aroma that it produces of lemon or old wood.
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I recently used some eucalyptus oil and my skin and noticed that it had cymene in it as one of the ingredients.