Essential oils have been used for their healing attributes for thousands of years, earning the moniker of Mankind’s First Medicine.
Terpenes are the primary components that make up essential oils, they are the largest family of natural compounds found throughout nature. There are four classes of terpenes named after how many isoprene units are present: Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Triterpenes, and Tetraterpenes.
Today, we’re going to dive into a very special terpene: Linalool
Linalool is a monoterpene alcohol; similar to monoterpenes, monoterpene alcohols are comprised of two isoprene units but have a hydroxyl group bound to one of the carbons instead of a hydrogen group. Alcohols, in general, are commonly recognized for their antibacterial, anti-infective, and antiviral properties. Monoterpene alcohols are specifically known for their ability to stimulate the immune system (Aromatools, 20).
Linalool is a terpene found in rosewood, bergamot, coriander, rose, jasmine, lavender, and many Indica-dominant hybrids of cannabis. It emits a very soothing, floral aroma and is often used to scent soaps, shampoos, and perfumes.
But Linalool doesn’t just smell nice, it can also help relieve many uncomfortable symptoms people struggle with daily. It is antispasmodic, which means it can calm seizures; it is a strong enough antiseptic to kill anthrax spores, and it provides relaxing and sedative effects (Aromatools, 20).