Terpene Profile: Curcumene


Curcumene is one of the major chemical constituents of turmeric, and it has a number of interesting properties that make it a useful compound for aromatherapy. Indeed, many studies have examined the medicinal properties of curcumin, with some jokingly calling it “curecumin.” 1

There are several curcuminoids found in turmeric and other plants. These are all diarylheptanoids, which are derivatives of curcumin. Some of them are merged with other chemical groups, which can help increase their solubility and therefore make them more suitable for drug formation. They tend to be yellow in color and are usually not very soluble in water.

Curcumene is one of several components of curcumin, which was first identified in 1910. The way that it is biosynthesized is not clear.2

Uses for CurcumeneTurmeric

Improves Digestion

Curcumene can help with stomach cramps and improve digestion, making it easier for you to live a healthier lifestyle overall.

Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory

The anti-inflammatory properties in curcumene can reduce the symptoms of arthritis—both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, curcumene contains antioxidant properties that can destroy free radicals in the body, consequently reducing the effects of aging.

In addition to reducing signs of aging, topical applications of low concentrations of curcumene treat acne, rosacea, and other skin issues.

Promotes Healing of Wounds

The antiseptic properties in curcumene prevent infection and help speed up wound healing. For example, inflammatory skin conditions will often heal more quickly with the use of turmeric, which contains curcumene.3

Boosts Weight Loss

The cholesterol-managing effects, and the way that certain chemical compounds in turmeric, including curcumene, help with bile secretion, indicates that using turmeric as part of a healthy diet can help promote fat loss.4

There are several mechanisms at play here, including the thermic effect of the food, which can provide a modest boost to the metabolism, and the psychological effects that can help promote satiety, thereby making it easier for a person to stick to their diet.

The “fat burning” impact is minimal but quite effective and can help balance energy levels so that the user does not feel the urge to snack.

All of these factors combine to produce a powerful diet aid.

Curcumene Infographic


When used as a component of essential oils, such as turmeric essential oil, curcumne has been widely used for fighting inflammation, in addition to a range of other benefits.

If you are buying an essential oil product that contains curcumene, look out for turmeric essential oil to get the best results and for optimal health benefits.

Classification: Diarylheptanoid

The chemical formula for curcumene: C21H20O6

Molar mass: 368.38 g/mol

Melting point: 183°C (361.4°F; 456.2 K)

Boiling point: 591.4°C (1096.5°F; 864.6 K)


By Aaron Williams

Aaron is an freelance writer and avid fan of anything having to do with essential oils. In his spare time he can be found taking care of his 2 cats and exploring the world of virtual reality.

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