The Science of Scent

The Wonderful World of A-Pinene

So, what is A-Pinene and what has it got to do with our Kanuka Oil?

A-Pinene or Alpha-Pinene is the main component in Royal Oils Kanuka Oil. It is a naturally occurring organic compound jam packed with health benefits. Royal Oils are proud that our Premium Kanuka Oil yields the highest A-Pinene content available.

A-Pinene alone is responsible for the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties within the Kanuka Oil. It is also an effective memory aid and increases alertness.


A-Pinene plays a strong role in inhibiting acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain. This helps you retain memories more efficiently.

A-Pinene opens the airways and therefore can be a great help for people with asthma.

Study was carried out to establish an understanding on α-pinene and its anti-osteoarthritic activity. The results focused positive feedback on the effects of α-pinene as an anti-inflammatory, anti-catabolic and anti-osteoarthritic and should be studied further for its promising activity as an anti-osteoarthritic drug.

A-Pinene tests high in inhibitory growth against hepatoma carcinoma cells. Simply put, A-Pinene can potentially stop tumour growth and be an effective compliment to chemotherapy. Royal Oils recommends the instruction of a certified aromatherapist if you are considering any essential oil for internal consumption.

What does Kanuka do that Tea Tree and Manuka do not do?

  • On a molecular level, Kanuka absorbs into the skin much more effectively and deeply than Tea Tree or Manuka.
  • Kanuka supports immune systems and can trigger an immune system response. Research has shown this to be valuable for those with auto immune disease and antibiotic resistance. More work and research are being done in this area.
  • Kanuka is more bactericidal, therefore more effective against bacteria and viruses than Manuka or Tea Tree.
  • Kanuka acts as a natural mild analgesic. Analgesic translates to “pain relief”.
  • The smell alone has been proven more desirable to many people. This is based on a survey where volunteers were offered the three different oils in unlabelled bottles. The volunteers were asked to indicate which oil they prefer to smell and what they thought the oil of choice was.