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Isoborneol

Isoborneol is an isometric form of borneol, a terpene found in cannabis, as well as citrus peel oils, nutmeg, ginger, and thyme. It is used for fragrancing perfumes, and should not be ingested in large quantities. There is evidence that isoborneol, when in concert with other essential oils, can offer relief from minor pains and aches, treat hemorrhoids, and even have anticoagulant effects that could be beneficial for cardiovascular patients. 

“This ginger has isoborneol in it.”

“I use isoborneol as part of my hemorrhoid treatment.” 

What is isoborneol used for?

As the name implies, isoborneol is an isometric form of borneol, a natural plant terpene found in citrus peel oils, spices like nutmeg, ginger, and thyme, as well as in some strains of cannabis. 

Commercially, borneol is mostly used to fragrance perfumes. However, borneol is consumed in large amounts in China and Southeast Asian countries, in both food and drink. It is also associated with many therapeutic benefits when ingested or used as a topical. 

Topically, it is sometimes used in combination with other essential oils, to treat local itching and many of the discomforts associated with hemorrhoids, as well as temporary relief from minor aches and pains of muscles and joints from various conditions like arthritis, strains, bruises, sprains, and common back pain.

When ingested, it is often used in combination with other compounds as a preventative for cardiovascular disease. In fact, in one study from 2008, it was found to be effective against thrombosis due to anticoagulant effects. 

It may also help with sleep, as a study on mice suggested it can have sedative effects when inhaled. While more research is needed to confirm these effects, it shows potential for this condition. 

How do you use isoborneol?

Isoborneol is found in many foods and drinks as a flavoring, and is generally considered safe to consume in small amounts. It naturally occurs in citrus peel oils and ginger, so you can enjoy these natural foods to get small amounts.

However, when isolated, isoborneol should be used with caution. It can be fatal at high concentrations and can also irritate the throat and lungs when inhaled, so never use it in its isolated form without supervision of a qualified medical professional who can advise on dosing.

It can be used as a component in different topicals for various therapeutic applications, such as pain relief from hemorrhoids, as well as other minor aches and pains. Eye and skin irritation have been known to occur.