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Contributed by Jeff Dorsett, MSHS and Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS

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What makes Lavender essential oil so great? One answer could be linalool, a molecule with many scientifically researched benefits. Not only is the powerful constituent potentially soothing, but it also has cleansing properties.

What Is Linalool?

If you love Lavender essential oil, chances are good you love linalool. Linalool gives Lavender its floral scent. Like menthol, linalool is a monoterpene alcohol. A monoterpene is a molecule with a backbone made of 10 carbons. An alcohol is an oxygen atom bonded to both a hydrogen atom and a carbon atom in that backbone. (Check out the doTERRA Chemistry Handbook to learn more.) While Lavender essential oil has one of the highest amounts of linalool, you can also find linalool in Coriander, Cilantro, Basil, and Petitgrain essential oils.

Benefits of Linalool

Through research, scientists have found that linalool has a lot to offer.

Topical Use Benefits

  • Possesses cleansing properties based on experimental research.1-3

Aromatic Use Benefits

  • May help to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation based on experimental research.4,5

Internal Use Benefits

  • May help to promote a healthy circulatory system based on experimental research.*6
  • In vivo research indicates that linalool-rich lavender may be beneficial to the immune system. While more research is required, internal use of an oil containing linalool might lend support to this body system.*7

Using Linalool

Now that you know some of the amazing benefits linalool provides, check out the list below for ideas on how to add linalool to your life.

  • Add a few drops of Lavender or Cilantro oil to your DIY all-purpose surface cleaner for added cleansing power and a refreshing scent.
  • Put a few drops of Cilantro oil in a Veggie Cap or try adding Basil oil to your favorite Italian dishes to support a healthy circulatory system.*
  • Diffuse Basil or Petitgrain along with your favorite oils each morning to help keep you relaxed throughout the day.

Linalool: It’s All About the Chemistry

When it comes to the benefits of essential oils, it’s all about the chemistry. Linalool is just one example of the many molecules that make essential oils the powerful gifts of the Earth that they are. The next time you need to unwind or want to support your cardiovascular system,* try an oil rich in linalool.


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.

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