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Nerolidol is an acyclic sesquiterpene alcohol and the main compound of cabreuva oil.

Other names

Peruviol, penetrol

Molecular formula

C15 H26 O

Molar mass

222.37 g

Physical state



hard to dissolve in water


This terpene may be found primarily in the orange blossom (neroli, from which the name derives), but also in ginger, hemp, jasmine, and lavender.

Medicinal properties

Nerolidol provides a broad spectrum of effects, with antiparasitic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. In aromatherapy, it is used for relaxing, antispasmodic and harmonizing purposes, but may also act as a stimulant.

antispasmolytic antimicrobial antimycotic sedative