Lavandulyl acetate, also known as acetic acid lavandulyl ester is the acetate (salt) ester of the compound lavandulol, one of the monoterpene alcohols found in lavender oil. Of course, that’s not very helpful in explaining what lavandulyl acetate is, so it’s best to think of it as one of the many terpenes found in lavender essential oil.
In fact, it is one of the most important, active, compounds found in lavender oil, providing many of the biological properties that make lavender essential oil beneficial. It is particularly well-known for relieving issues like stress, acne, athlete’s foot, asthma and allergy symptoms, burns, headaches, bruising, and insect bites.1
Lavandulyl acetate is also somewhat aromatic, described as having a weak floral, herbal scent with slightly lemon-like undertones.2 This subtle scent makes it advantageous for use in the perfume industry, and as a component in some insecticides because it has been identified as an insect pheromone.3
Uses for Lavandulyl Acetate
Supports Respiratory Health
When used in steam inhalation, the natural components in lavandulyl acetate help relieve respiratory conditions brought on by infections, cold, and flu, sinus congestion, bronchitis or asthma.
Improves Appearance of Skin and Hair
As previously mentioned, lavandulyl acetate has been shown to improve a range of skin issues, including dermatitis, oily skin, scars, stretch marks, and acne. However, it is also beneficial for those with psoriasis, eczema and even aging skin. A soothing agent, it is also noted for relieving issues like insect bites.
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All of these benefits come from the anti-inflammatory properties that lavandulyl acetate contains, allowing it to eliminate anything from swelling and redness to itching.
It is also noted for improving hair health by reducing dandruff and promoting hair growth, with some studies showing it restored hair loss by nearly 45 percent after several months of daily application.5
Topical massage with lavender essential oil has been shown to work similarly to a topical anesthetic, with applications ranging from pain reduction at the point of application to simple muscle relief when applied during massage.
Lavandulyl acetate is one of the terpenes with a long list of benefits, both physical and psychological. Try adding lavandulyl acetate into your daily routine as a component in lavender essential oil. This oil can be used topically after dilution with a carrier oil, in a bath, or aromatically in a room diffuser or personal aromatherapy diffuser like Relieve, Happy, Sexy, Sleepy, or Ocean MONQ.