Linalool: Terpene Highlight

Linalool is a monoterpene alcohol that is found in many plants. It can be found in over 200 species of plants, with many of them being herbs, laurel trees, and citrus fruit trees. Being present in plants also means that linalool is a chemical compound found in quite a few essential oils. Linalool has been found to contain beneficial calming and soothing properties that affect both the body and mind as well as possessing a scent that is widely used in cosmetics and perfumery. Its unique aroma can be described as floral and woodsy with a citrus-like freshness. 

Benefits of Linalool

Linalool helps to calm the mind and promote feelings of relaxation. It works to reduce stress and anxiety and lead to a more positive mood. This also makes it useful to combat depression and negative emotions. Linalool’s sedative qualities can help to improve sleep for more restful nights and more energy in the morning. Linalool contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce pain in muscles and joints. These properties mean it can also work to reduce congestion and promote healthy circulation. Linalool has been found to contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that work to combat germs and bacteria. It also helps to support the immune system to help avoid and fight off illness. Linalool can also effectively deter mosquitos to help protect against disease and skin irritation.

Essential Oils Containing Linalool

Linalool comprises at least 10% of over 50 essential oils.

Rosewood Essential Oil contains a high percentage of linalool at approximately 82-90%. Rosewood works to ground and center the emotions and lead away from negative feelings during times of stress. It is also useful for calming and guiding the mind during meditation.

 

Sweet Basil Essential Oil contains around 53-58% linalool. Sweet Basil has an anti-inflammatory effect that allows it to calm skin conditions, soothe muscle pain, and ease respiratory distress. Basil can also reduce cold symptoms and boost the immune system.

 

Neroli Essential Oil generally contains around 31-54% linalool. Neroli has been known to calm the mind while uplifting the overall mood. It helps to relieve feelings of anxiety and depression and combat insomnia.

 

Lavender Essential Oil can be found to be around 25-45% linalool. Lavender is widely loved for its ability to calm the mind and relax the body. This allows it to combat anxiety as well as improve sleep onset and quality.

 

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil can contain anywhere from around 1-30% linalool. Ylang Ylang has a unique rich floral aroma and is known to soothe stress and anxiety while also fighting against depression and fatigue. 

Check out some DIY recipes below using essential oils containing Linalool...

Sleep Linen & Room Spray

Sleep Linen & Room Spray

Creating relaxing and comfortable energy in our bedroom can help to encourage a deep and restful night of sleep. The power of Linalool in Lavender and Neroli essential oils can help to relax our body and mind while the soothing floral aroma helps us drift off to sleep.

Ingredients

Instructions

Add 2 ounces of high percentage alcohol to the bottle. Add the essential oils and fill the remainder of the bottle with Witch Hazel, leaving a little space at the top. Shake well before each use. Spray on linens and around the bedroom before sleep.

 

Say No to Negativity Roll-On

Say No to Negativity Roll-On

When stress and negative emotions present themselves, quick action to relax and regroup can help avoid the onset of anxiety. The Linalool content of Ylang Ylang and Rosewood essential oils helps to ground us and balance our emotions while the woody floral scent uplifts our mood.

Ingredients

Instructions

Add the essential oils to the bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Replace the rollerball and cap and gently shake to combine. Roll across the skin for a boost of calm and positivity.

Skin Saver Spray

Skin Saver Spray

A little burn or scrape can cause us a lot more discomfort than we might think when we live active lives. Linalool in Sweet Basil and Lavender essential oils helps to soothe the pain and inflammation in our minor wounds and burns to help us heal faster. 

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to the bottle and shake well to combine. Spray on minor cuts, scrapes, or sunburns to help ease pain and reduce inflammation.