Contributed by Jeff Dorsett, MSHS and Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
Known primarily for the pleasant floral scent that it provides Lavender oil, linalool is a naturally occurring monoterpene alcohol (a volatile unsaturated element composed of two units, carbon and hydrogen) that is present in high concentrations in many flowers and spices. It comprises approximately 30% of the chemical makeup of Lavender oil, but Coriander, Cilantro, Basil, and Petitgrain essential oils are also rich sources. Although commercially it is primarily used for its scent, when isolated, linalool has been shown to have a number of health-benefitting properties. Linalool has been examined for its cleansing properties, ability to promote calmness and relaxation, and support of several body systems.*
Although citrus oils are usually viewed as the “cleansing” essential oils due to their high concentration of the monoterpene limonene, experimental research suggests that linalool also possesses cleansing properties.1,2 Looking for a way to improve the cleansing power of your DIY all-purpose or surface cleaner or a way to add a new, refreshing scent? Add a few drops of Lavender or Cilantro oil.
Experimental research suggests that linalool supports healthy immune function and response*.3,4 Put a few drops of Cilantro oil in a Veggie Cap or try adding Basil oil to your favorite Italian dishes to support the proper function of your immune system.*
Lavender oil is probably most well-known for its ability to calm and relax, but Petitgrain, Coriander, and other essential oils rich in linalool also have similar effects. Experimental research suggests that when inhaled, linalool may help to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation.5-7 To lessen feelings of anxiousness or distress, try diffusing Basil or apply a few drops of Petitgrain to your neck each morning for a unique personal scent and to help keep you relaxed throughout the day.
Coriander is commonly used to promote digestion.* The reason? Experimental research suggests that orally administered linalool may support gastrointestinal health and function.*8 Adding Coriander or Basil essential oil to meals not only provides a warm, exotic taste, but also the high linalool concentration may be just what you need to support gastrointestinal health.*
The powerful benefits of essential oils are based on their chemistry. Those powerful volatile aromatic compounds are made up of constituents that have a wide spectrum of health-benefitting properties. Try experimenting with oils rich in linalool to experience its cleansing, calming, and body system supporting benefits.* For a foundational understanding about the chemistry of essential oils and how you can use this knowledge for your own benefit, check out the doTERRA oil properties wheel.
doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.