Alpha Pinene is a main ingredient in many essential oils. Used in perfumes and deodorants and comes from the Coniferous Pine.
Alpha Pinene is a bronchodilator in humans and is bio-available with 60% Pulmonary uptake and quick metabolism and redistribution, meaning its benefits will be experienced quickly.
Anti-Inflammatory, anti-biotic and aids memory, focus and can bring an energetic feeling.
Alpha-pinene has been found to have protective effects on the pancreas and lungs. In one study into pancreatitis, such treatments reduced the production of TNF-alpha, the pancreatic tumor necrosis factor. Alpha-pinene could potentially be formulated into a treatment for pancreatic cancer
Alpha-pinene has been found to be toxic to certain bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, when tested using solid medium diffusion techniques.
Many dementia drugs work by inhibiting cholinesterase and thereby enhancing cholinergic activity. Alpha-pinene may act as a supplement to help with such conditions, in small concentrations alongside other essential oils such as sage, camphor, or bornyl acetate.
One of the main reasons that people like to use alpha-pinene as a chemical compound found in essential oils is because it is a powerful bronchodilator.