This sleep-promoting terpene can transform your nighttime routine — here's how.
by Stacy Mosel, LMSW
If you’ve heard about terpenes like linalool, you’ve probably wondered what all the hype is about. What is linalool and why are Ayurvedic practitioners, aromatherapists and scientific researchers so curious about its benefits?
Here at The Root of It All, we’re also interested in the benefits of natural compounds and holistic products to help promote wellness: that’s why we’re providing this guide to help you understand the potential uses of terpenes like linalool. Keep reading to learn more about linalool’s effects and how you can incorporate linalool into your Ayurvedic nighttime routine — including what time might be best to take it to experience the maximum benefits.
What Are Terpenes and Where Are They Found?
Terpenes are a class of naturally-occurring chemical compounds found in many plants, including cannabis, where they are found in very high concentrations along with compounds like CBD, as well as certain flowering and spice plants, such as rose, sweet orange, tea tree, thyme, lemongrass, turmeric, mint, basil, lavender, cinnamon and pine. Different combinations of terpenes are what give plants their characteristic aromas, but they are also what help protect the plant from danger in the wild from animals and insects by acting as repellents.
The benefits of terpenes for humans are just beginning to be fully understood, although there has been a lot of promising research on their potential uses.
The terpenes found in cannabis (as well as plants such as thyme, tea tree, citrus fruits and turmeric) have many uses and are believed to be a natural way to help ease occasional discomfort.
What Is Linalool and What Are its Benefits?
Linalool is known as a monoterpenoid commonly found in lavender, which, in scientific terms, means that it has two isoprene units (chemical compounds emitted from many, but not all, plants). Linalool is perhaps one of the most widely-used terpenes in commercial applications, but is probably best-known as a fragrance element in products such as cosmetics, laundry detergents, soap, shampoo and hand creams.
Scientific research in animal models has found that linalool has natural antibacterial, anticonvulsant, sedative, and sleep-promoting properties, and that it has the potential to repress the effects of stress. Although more research is needed in humans, linalool may be a beneficial way to provide natural support for managing stress and tension, as well as assisting with occasional sleeplessness, which makes it ideal for use in your Ayurvedic nighttime routine.
How to Incorporate Linalool Into Your Nighttime Routine
To reap the benefits of linalool, you will want to choose a linalool-rich essential oil like lavender or orange, or a product that contains CBD – or a combination of both for the maximum effect. To create a soothing bedtime atmosphere, use a few drops of your chosen essential oil(s) in a diffuser or bath an hour or so before going to bed. We’d also suggest placing a few drops of one of our STOP tincture under your tongue, which features an Ayurvedic-inspired blend of lavender and CBD designed to send you off into a restful night’s sleep.
There isn’t really any research or hard and fast rules for the best time to take/use linalool products. Generally speaking, it’s usually a matter of trial and error to see how your body will respond, as everyone can react differently. Although, if you’re using the products to promote relaxation, sleep and tension release, then it’s likely best to use them about a half an hour to an hour before bedtime. Again, this can vary by product and your own unique physiological makeup. Also keep in mind that some research has shown that CBD may not work to its full expression right away, so it can take up to a month of consistent use to experience maximum benefits.
Consider adding one of The Root of It All’s powerful CBD-containing products to your wellness routine to help promote relaxation. Establishing a daily routine that includes the consistent use of our products may help you achieve a better sense of balance and enhance your overall sense of wellbeing.
Stacy Mosel, LMSW is a health and wellness writer, as well as a licensed social worker, yoga enthusiast, certified Reiki practitioner and musician. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999 and a Master of Social Work from New York University in 2002.