Sabinene is a bicyclical monoterpene whose aromas are reminiscent of the holidays (pine trees, oranges, spices). The results of an ongoing study by Valente et al. suggest that sabinene should be further investigated as a natural source of new antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents for the development of food supplements, nutraceuticals or herbal medicinal products.
Sabinene is found in many plants, including spruce, black pepper, basil and Myristica fragrans (an evergreen native plant in the Moluccas) from the Indonesian Spice Islands. The seeds of Myristica are the world's most important source of nutmeg. Sabinene exists as (+)- and (-) enantiomer.