The Health Benefits of Linalool

Learn more about this phytochemical, how you can get it, and what it can do for you.

You have probably heard about phytonutrients like beta-carotene, but have you ever heard of linalool? Pronounced lin-uh-lull. Don’t know what phytonutrients are? Read our article all about phytonutrients.

Linalool is a terpene, or monoterpene alcohol, contained in many plants including cilantro, coriander, basil, oregano, grapes, teas, bay, laurel, marjoram, lemon, mace, nutmeg, mandarins, cardamom, sage, thyme, mint, ginger, cinnamon, celery, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and more![1] It has also been found in rosewood, apricots, cranberries, and papaya.[2] 

According to the Tisserand Institute, linalool has antianxiety, calming, analgesic, and dopaminergic effects. Linalool has been used in perfumery being isolated from essential oils; most of this is synthetic, though.[3] Synthetic or isolated nutrients don’t even come close to natural nutrients in their whole food state; they are not the same. We believe in the synergistic effect of all phytonutrients. Read our helpful resource about how they are different and why natural nutrients, as opposed to isolated or synthetic, are safer and much more beneficial.

Linalool has displayed antimicrobial activity, particularly against Shigella sonnei and S. flexneri. One study showed that thyme essential oil reduced Shigella numbers on lettuce.[4] It has also exhibited anti-inflammatory activity. A study in Phytomedicine evaluated linalool’s anti-inflammatory properties in distilled or extracted essential oils and found that linalool played a major role in fighting inflammation.[5] 

Essential oils containing linalool are often used in aromatherapy. The aromas of the plants containing linalool have been shown to decrease anxiety and promote relaxation. In mice, inhaled linalool improved anxiety, aggressive behavior, and social interaction.[6]In another study, linalool inhibited convulsions.[7] In elderly individuals, aromatherapy using essential oils containing linalool and other compounds decreased sleep disturbance and lengthened total sleep time.[8]

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) in particular has been used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes due to its natural antioxidant power. Coriander and other medicinal plants/spices can act as reducing agents, can scavenge free radicals, and can quench singlet oxygen due to the phytochemicals they contain. Coriander has been called an “antidiabetic” plant and has been studied for its ability to help lower cholesterol, but has mostly been used for its anti-inflammatory properties.[9] 

Coriander has been used to treat:

  • Bed cold
  • Seasonal fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach disorders
  • Indigestion
  • Worms
  • Rheumatism
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea

The linalool in coriander specifically aids in digestion and liver function. You can use coriander in many recipes, such as curry. You can also get it by taking our Fiber & Spice supplement!

In addition, a study in Pharmacological Research says that linalool “has sedative effects at the central nervous system (CNS), including hypnotic, anticonvulsant and hypothermic properties.” Specifically, the Aeolanthus suaveolens G. Dom (Labiatae) species is used in the Brazilian Amazon as an anticonvulsant.[10] 

The Last Bite

Linalool can fight inflammation, reduce pain, deter mosquitoes, improve sleep, and is antimicrobial and anticonvulsant.[11] Though remember, there are many side effects that come with synthetic antioxidant supplements, so it’s best to get antioxidants through natural sources. Many plants and their essential oils containing linalool have been used for treating various health issues. Incorporate more of them like coriander, cardamom, celery, and lemon into your diet, or simply take your Balance of Nature!


[1] “Top Plants Containing Linalool,” Natural Medicine Facts (naturalmedicinefacts.info), accessed August 20, 2020, https://www.naturalmedicinefacts.info/chemical/16225.html.

[2] “Essential Oil Constituents in Food Part 2: Linalool,” Tisserand Institute, July 7, 2020, https://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/linalool/.

[3] “PDF,” 1997.

[4] C.F Bagamboula, M Uyttendaele, and J Debevere, “Inhibitory Effect of Thyme and Basil Essential Oils, Carvacrol, Thymol, Estragol, Linalool and p-Cymene towards Shigella Sonnei and S. Flexneri,” ScienceDirect (Food Microbiology/Elsevier, February 2004), https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0740002003000467.

[5] A.T. Peana et al., “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Linalool and Linalyl Acetate Constituents of Essential Oils,” ScienceDirect (Phytomedicine, 2002), https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0944711304701804.

[6] V.M. Linck et al., “Effects of Inhaled Linalool in Anxiety, Social Interaction and Aggressive Behavior in Mice,” ScienceDirect (Phytomedicine, July 2010), https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0944711309002578.

[7] E. Elisabetsky, L.F. Silva Brum, and D.O. Souza, “Anticonvulsant Properties of Linalool in Glutamate-Related Seizure Models,” ScienceDirect (Phytomedicine, May 1999), https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0944711399800440.

[8] Ai Takeda, Emiko Watanuki, and Sachiyo Koyama, “Effects of Inhalation Aromatherapy on Symptoms of Sleep Disturbance in the Elderly with Dementia,” NCBI (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Hindawi, 2017), https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5376423/.

[9] Ulagaddi Rajeshwari and Bondada Andallu ( Andhra Pradesh, India, 2011).

[10] L Re et al., “Linalool Modifies the Nicotinic Receptor-Ion Channel Kinetics at the Mouse Neuromuscular Junction,” U.S. National Library of Medicine (Pharmacological research, 2000), https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10887049/.

[11] “6 Amazing Linalool Benefits You Need to Know About,” Abstrax Tech (Abstrax Tech, February 3, 2020), https://abstraxtech.com/blogs/learn/linalool-benefits.