Linalool Oil

Linalool plant - Source of Linalool Oil

What is Linalool oil?

Linalool can be found in over 200 plant species and is the main component in citrus fruits, laurels, cinnamon, rosewood, and many mints and herbal plants. It has lent its properties to many plant extracts, especially essential oils, but now can stand on its own and be recognized for all its benefits. It is fast becoming a compound of interest due to its wide ranged benefits in the therapeutic field. Linalool oil is extracted mainly through the leaves of plants containing the compound through steam distillation of the leaves.

Properties

Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol with a colorless to pale yellow color with a sweet fragrance because terpenes are aromatic by nature. Linalool is also an active component in cannabis and is now being isolated for its antidepressant, and anxiolytic properties. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, analgesic, antipsychotic and sedative properties. Linalool is also potent to insects and certain vermin, so it is used as, and found in repellents. The compound is used commercially in cleaning agents, skin lotions, and perfumed healthcare products, due to its wide range application.

Precautions

  • The oil is a possible irritant and so should be used moderately and with care, preferably under medical supervision.
  • High concentrations can irritate skin and kill off cells, so the oil should be handled with care.
  • It is advisable to use pure linalool oil. Diluted forms may just be oxidized, and oxidized linalool is bad for the skin

Benefits

No pain, what a gain

Linalool has analgesic properties and can be used to relieve pain and aches. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce and prevent inflammation and inflammation-induced pain. This anti-inflammatory property can also be used for skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

Go to sleep

Linalool oil has sedative properties and can be used to induce a good sound sleep. It won't hurt to get a peaceful sleep every once in a while, right?

As calm as the sea

Want tranquility, ease, and calmness? Linalool oil has anxiolytic properties as shown by recent studies which can greatly relief you from anxiety. The oil also has antidepressant qualities and proves effective in relieving stress and depression.

No cuts, no seizures

Studies have shown linalool oil to have wonderful anti-convulsant powers, which means it is a possible and viable treatment option for seizures.

Enjoy your meal

More taste is never a bad thing, especially if it can double as a health agent. Linalool is one of the major components of coriander and is partly responsible for its warm, exotic taste. Linalool oil has the same effect on food and also helps your digestion and gastrointestinal health in general.

Natural deodorizer

Linalool oil can be used as a natural deodorizer and fragrance due to it sweet floral scent.

Side effects

  • Some of us are allergic to linalool, and can actually irritate our skin by applying it. In some cases, it may cause eczema.
  • Linalool oil is cytotoxic and can kill cells, when at high concentrations.