Although the monoterpene alcohol linalool is often credited for providing the benefits associated with Lavender essential oil, the lesser known monoterpene ester linalyl acetate is a chemical superstar in its own right. The acetate ester of linalool, linalyl acetate, is often partnered with linalool as chemical constituents in essential oil. Linalyl acetate is found in high concentrations in the essential oils of Clary Sage (up to 78%), Lavender (up to 35%), and several citrus oils, especially Bergamot oil. It is primarily known for providing the fruity note that is present in the aroma of Lavender, but it also contains numerous health-benefitting properties.* Research suggests that linalyl acetate may promote soothing and relaxation, support the function of several body systems, and provide cleansing abilities.*
According to clinical research, linalyl acetate-rich essential oils can help to promote relaxation and better mood when inhaled.1 Essential oils rich in linalyl acetate are commonly used in aromatherapy and massage therapy due to this property. Having a stressful day or still recovering from yesterday’s intense workout? Try diffusing Lavender throughout the day or massage Clary Sage and Bergamot oils into your body to stimulate calmness and relaxation.
Experimental research has suggested that linalyl acetate supports healthy immune function and response.2* To support a healthy immune system, add a drop or two of Bergamot oil to a glass of water or to your daily morning tea.*
Linalyl acetate may also help to soothe and support the gastrointestinal tract when administered orally.4* This property is why it is often suggested that Lavender be added to Veggie Caps and ingested to ease feelings of tension and anxiousness.* For daily support of gastrointestinal function with a unique floral flavor, try integrating Lavender oil into smoothie or dessert, like ice cream.*
Although the cleansing properties of citrus oils are generally attributed to the concentration of limonene, research suggests that linalyl acetate may also possess cleansing properties.3 To add a floral note and boost the cleansing properties of your all-surface cleaner, add a few drops of Lavender or Clary Sage oil.
Although similar chemically to linalool and often seen as its less important complement in many volatile aromatic compounds, linalyl acetate is a powerful constituent in its own right. To experience its benefits, find new and creative ways to integrate Lavender, Clary Sage, and Bergamot essential oils into your daily routines.