Calming and Stress Relief
Animal and human studies indicate that linalool has sedative properties and can reduce nervous system activity that’s out of control.
Linalool has been shown to have a natural effect on anxiety. When someone experiences linalool, their parasympathetic nervous system is activated and they experience an increase in “rest and digest” capabilities.
Feeling powerful emotions thanks to a scent can be stimulated by the olfactory system. The sense of smell is associated with parts of the brain that control emotions and memory. The brain releases endorphins and serotonin through olfactory receptors when stimulated by the sense of smell. This linkage between the nervous system and other bodily systems is a key aspect of human functionality.
Certain scents can change the way our nervous systems process information by changing the behavior of certain brain cells. Terpenes have recently been found to change brain behavior by directly affecting neurotransmitters. This makes us feel more energetic, focused or even euphoric.
Because linalool is capable of reducing stress, it can lead to many health improvements, including:
- better sleep
- normalized blood pressure
- less muscle tension
- fewer headaches
- improved digestion
- enhanced immunity, and
- more energy
Supports Immune System
Lavender is renowned for improving sleep quality and combating the negative effects of stress. This is because linalool helps support a healthy immune system. Linalool has anti-anxiety effects that seem to help counteract the stress response in the body.
This effect buffers the body’s immune function, increases markers of inflammation and changes how some genes are expressed. Linalool possesses antibacterial properties that help fight off infections. It also exhibits antioxidant and possible anti-cancer properties.