Linalyl Acetate

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What do Clary Sage, Petitgrain, Lavender, and Bergamot have in common? You may have guessed that they have similar benefits, or that doTERRA sells all four of them. While these guesses are accurate, a look at their chemistry shows one more thing they all share: linalyl acetate, a potent and beneficial molecule that has a lot to offer.

What Is Linalyl Acetate?

Linalyl acetate is a monoterpene ester. A monoterpene is a molecule made up of 10 carbon atoms and 16 hydrogen atoms. This chain of carbon atoms is called a carbon backbone. An ester has a carbon center, which is double bonded to an oxygen. This is then single bonded to another oxygen and another carbon. (For more information, check out the doTERRA Essential Oil Chemistry Handbook.) This structure plays a part in the unique role linalyl acetate may have in your life.

Benefits of Linalyl Acetate

Through research, scientists have found that linalyl acetate may provide a variety of benefits.

Aromatic Use

  • May promote a relaxing atmosphere when used in combination with linalool based on experimental research1

Topical Use

  • May possess cleansing properties based on experimental research2

Using Linalyl Acetate

To incorporate linalyl acetate into your routine, try some of the uses below. What’s your favorite way to use linalyl acetate?

  • Set a calm tone by diffusing Lavender or Bergamot throughout the day.
  • Use Clary Sage or Petitgrain as part of a relaxing massage.
  • Add Lavender to your home surface cleaner to enhance its cleansing power and give its aroma a floral boost.


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