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Linalool is familiar to people all over the world, even those who have never tried cannabis. It’s most commonly recognized in lavender, but this terpene’s signature floral aroma can be found in over 200 types of plants.
Linalool has been used for a variety of therapeutic purposes throughout recorded history. Lavender flowers were once believed to ward off evil, and were commonly used in perfumes, hung in doorways and worn in satchels around the neck. It was thought to protect those who used it from “evil spirits” and “demonic fits” – or, what we now know to be contagious diseases (like cholera) and mental health conditions (like depression and anxiety).
Linalool is known among the terpene family to have a wide variety of benefits, particularly to the mind. Animal studies have shown that it has anti-anxiety and anti-depressant qualities, works well as an anticonvulsant, and can relieve pain caused by inflammation. One study even showed that linalool was able to reverse the some of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s in mice, and restore their cognitive and emotional functions.
In aromatherapy, linalool is used to calm the body and mind, relieve inflammation and help promote restful sleep. It’s also been known to have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
Experiment with some of these linalool-rich ingredients:
Linalool can be mixed with other oils or creams and used topically as a local anesthetic. Try adding a few drops of lavender oil to a warm bath to relieve sore muscles after a tough workout!
Set the stage to unwind and relax after a long day by adding linalool to an essential oil diffuser or burning a lavender-scented candle. An eye mask or small pillow filled with dried lavender flower may even help you fall asleep faster.
Lavender is a popular ingredient in desserts and teas. The delicate floral taste pairs well with citrus flavors and adds a bright touch to rich chocolates and creams.
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