Terpene Profile: Bornyl Acetate

Terpene Profile_ Bornyl Acetate

Bornyl acetate is an ester of borneol and is used as a food additive and a flavoring agent. It is a colorless liquid with a strong piney aroma. In fact, it is bornyl acetate that gives pine its scent.

Natural Sources of bornyl acetate include pine needles, valerian root, fir needles, inula, hemlock, and douglas fir. The oil is also found in lower concentration in rosemary, Canadian fir, silver fir, and bee balm.

Uses for Bornyl Acetate

The pine-like aroma of bornyl acetate is what makes it so popular in perfumes and as a flavoring agent. It is often used in air fresheners, as well for cleaning and personal care products. Bornyl acetate also has a range of health benefits when used as part of essential oils.

Reduces Inflammation

Bornyl acetate has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It has been found to help decrease the pain response and reduce swelling. Additionally, it is the main constituent of amomum villosum, which is often used as a pain reliever.1

Studies about the anti-inflammatory effects of essential oils containing bornyl acetate show that there is evidence indicating that bornyl acetate significantly reduces inflammation. Reducing inflammation can often be a powerful way of helping fight pain and promote overall well-being.

Promotes Relaxation

Several studies have observed that bornyl acetate contains sedative properties. It has been found to induce autonomic relaxation and reduce arousal level in humans after they perform work on the computer.2 Additionally, while it helped people relax, they did not experience impairment in their ability to actually perform the task at hand. This means that essential oils containing bornyl acetate could be valuable for improving relaxation while maintaining focus and alertness. MONQ’s sleepy personal essential oil diffuser is high in bornyl acetate.

Fights Infection

Essential oils from plants that contain bornyl acetate often have antibacterial properties, which means they can be used to prevent infections or disease.

Prevents Free Radical Damage

Free radicals have the potential to have damaging effects on the body, most notably contributing to the aging process. The radical scavenging activity of essential oils that contain bornyl acetate has the potential to prevent this damage.3

essential oil bottle with pine

Fir and Pine Essential Oils

Fir and pine essential oils are hugely popular during the holiday season, however, there are many people who appreciate their value and health benefits year-round. Bornyl acetate is found in most fir and pine needles, although in different concentrations depending on the plant, the way in which it is harvested, and the season during which its harvested.

Safety and Precautions

To date, there are no known safety concerns with using bornyl acetate as part of essential oils. There is sometimes the risk of adverse reactions if an individual uses an excessive amount of an essential oil or uses it topically without diluting it properly. However, these are not concerns in most circumstances.  With proper dilution, it should be quite safe.4


Try incorporating fir and pine essential oils into your daily routine to experience the beneficial effects of bornyl acetate. Use them topically after diluting them in a carrier oil like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil, or enjoy them aromatically in a room diffuser or personal essential oil diffusers like Forest, Ocean, or Mountain MONQ.


Classification: Acetate ester

The chemical formula for bornyl acetate: C12H20

Molecular mass: 196.286g/mol


By Aaron Williams

Aaron is an freelance writer and avid fan of anything having to do with essential oils. In his spare time he can be found taking care of his 2 cats and exploring the world of virtual reality.

Favorite MONQ blend: Sleepy

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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