Terpene Spotlight: Nerolidol

by | Jul 4, 2017

Nerolidol is useful terpene found in several strains of cannabis. It has multiple therapeutic uses, but it seems to excel at killing things that can harm plants and humans. Bacteria, fungi, parasites, spider mites, head lice, and malaria all quail in the face of this mighty terpene. Despite its mercenary qualities, humans can safely ingest it and inhale it.

It also helps the body absorb things through the skin. That makes it an excellent addition to topicals such as lotions, moisturizers, and salves. Like many terpenes, nerolidol is a common ingredient in perfumes and cosmetics. It has a pleasant scent that can be described as floral, citrus, and woodsy.

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Therapeutic Uses of Nerolidol

Cannabis Strains High in Nerolidol

  • Island Sweet Skunk
  • Jack Herer
  • Skywalker OG
  • Sour Diesel
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Blue Dream
  • Chem Dawg
  • Dieseline
  • Black Lime

Other Sources of Nerolidol

  • Neroli
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Tea tree oil
  • Citrus peels
  • Lemongrass

Nerolidol as a Functional Ingredient

The sedative effects of nerolidol pair beautifully with our Gold Country Afgoo. Our Ginger truffles are a great way to get the most out of these soothing properties. Many people find that these dark chocolate truffles calm their anxiety and help them go to sleep and stay asleep through the night.

How to Eat More Nerolidol

lemongrass ginger chicken nerolidol

Image source: Rustic Garden Bistro

Recipe from Rustic Garden Bistro.

Grilled Lemongrass Ginger Chicken


  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 fresh square inch ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 3 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 chicken wings, thighs, and drumsticks


  1. Peel outer layers of lemongrass. Cut off top third of stalk, Cut off root end of stalk. Thinly slice stalk crosswise, then finely chop to mince.
  2. Cut away outer peel of ginger, then mince. Peel garlic clove and mince. Cut Serrano pepper and mince. Discard seeds for more mild flavor.
  3. In a small sauté pan, combine palm sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, canola oil and rice wine vinegar. Slowly heat and stir until palm sugar has dissolved. Then add in lemongrass, ginger, garlic and Serrano pepper. Bring up to simmer until lemongrass is fragrant; then turn off heat and let mixture cool.
  4. Once mixture cools completely, pour into zip lock bag, add in chicken, zip up top (squeezing air out) and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and grill over low heat for approximately 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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