LINALYL ACETATE

Linalyl acetate, an ester is one of the most naturally found phytochemical seen in many spices and flowering plants. It is an acetate ester of linalool, and it can be known as linalyl acetate or 3, 7-dimethylocta-1,6-dien-3-yl acetate, it also goes under the names Bergamiol, Bergamol, and Linalool acetate.

Synthetic linalyl acetate is sometimes used as an adulterant in essential oils to make them more marketable. For example, it may be added to lavandin oil which is then sold as more desirable lavender oil. Esters are sedative and antispasmodic generally non-irritant and mild except Methyl Salicylate, which is found in Wintergreen. It also forms a vital component of essential oils of Bergamot, and it is found in a conjunction of the acetate ester of linalool, it is also seen in Mentha citrata which is deadly to daphnia, mildly toxic to humans and fish.

Linalyl acetate and Linalool are the primary constituents of many essential oils and are known to possess several biological actions, traceable to these monoterpene esters. Linalyl acetate is considered as a perfume and essence based compound, and it is responsible for imparting an extensive amount of flavor and fragrance of lavender. It has a pleasant fruity odor suggestive of bergamot mint oil, and tastes similar to its odor. Linalyl acetate has power over several biological activities, and is attributable to these monoterpene compounds of essential oils. It’s also found in clary sage in high concentration of 78% along with, lavender, bergamot and lavandin, as well as lemon, neroli, lime, and some mint varieties.

Linalyl acetate is good on skin as it reduces skin inflammation and heals rashes. It also helps to balance natural oils in the skin, acting well on both dry and oily skin making it look beautiful. The oil can be used directly, or mixed with carrier agents like almond oil for utmost absorption and to achieve better results. Linalool and linalyl acetate found in Clary Sage oil acts as a tremendous anti-inflammatory agent as per a study in 2002, hence it can be used to minimize the effect of skin redness, calm irritation and more. A study carried out in Italy in 2003 on the topic ‘Anti-inflammatory activity of linalool and linalyl acetate constituents of essential oils’, stated that, “The results obtained thus for support the hypothesis that linalool and linalyl acetate play a major role in the anti-inflammatory activity displayed by some essential oils containing them. The present data suggest that all plant species producing a relevant amount of these monoterpene compounds are potential anti-inflammatory agents.”

Studies also talk of how linalyl acetate and linalool caused reduced duration of menstrual pain, and even relieved them from menstrual pains. A research carried out in 2012 on ‘Lavender and the Nervous System’ found that, “Aromatic oil massage with essential oils blended with lavender, clary sage, and marjoram in a 2:1:1 ratio in forty-eight outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea alleviated the pain and reduced the duration of dysmenorrhea. Aromatherapy by using lavender essence was also reported as a successful and safe complementary therapy in reduction of pain after the cesarean section in 200 term pregnant women and after episiotomy in 60 primiparous women as well as in perineal discomfort following normal childbirth in 635 women. It has been shown that lavender aromatherapy through an oxygen face mask with two drops of 2% lavender oil can be used to reduce the demand for opioids in twenty-five patients after immediate postoperative period of breast biopsy surgery and for other analgesics in fifty-four patients undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.”

Few other studies proved that linalyl acetate is capable of relaxing blood vessels and reducing the blood pressure in patients. A study conducted in 2012 explained results such as ‘It has been shown that foot massage using lavender essential oil in 100 ICU patients of whom 50% were receiving artificial ventilation was effective in lowering blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, wakefulness, and pain’.

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