Like most botanical terpenes, Linalool is not specific to any one plant. You’ve no doubt encountered Linalool if you’ve ever smelled lavender. Peanut stems and leaves also have high Linalool concentrations, and studies suggest this terpene is one of the main components responsible for producing sedative effects.

Researchers suggest Linalool affects brain cells and receptors to influence our brain functions. Many of the positive effects we experience likely stem from Linalool’s ability to dull the strength of brain chemicals involved with muscle contraction and arousal. Inflammation, characterized by redness, swelling, pain, and a sensation of heat, is one of the body’s self-defense systems. Although the inflammation response sometimes plays a beneficial role in our bodies, it can also lead to chronic inflammatory diseases when left untreated. Studies suggest Linalool has anti-inflammatory properties potentially useful for dampening an overreactive response to injury or sickness.