Great question! But you might be wondering, what exactly is Alpha Pinene? This is an organic compound that is responsible for the “piney” smell in Pine trees, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Orange peels. This is not to be confused with Beta Pinene which is responsible for the smells in basil, dill, and parsley.
Moreover, Alpha Pinene has been shown to help increase the efficacy of the “Entourage Effect.” We use Alpha Pinene for a variety of reasons, the first of which is it’s anti-inflammatory properties. According to this study, scientists found it has anti-inflammatory effects when they studied its use on Acute Pancreatitis in Mice. While FDA studies are needed to learn more, it may help with muscle trauma.
Alpha Pinene is also considered an effective antimicrobial agent to fight against bacterial and fungal cells. In fact, this study suggests that it could help fight antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA). It has also been shown to reduce Gastic Ulcers in Mice.