Ylang Ylang is a unique flower, because as a wild flower, it had no detectable scent. It was only after years of careful selection and cloning that coaxed out sweet fragrance we know today.
Historically, much like rose essential oil, ylang ylang was used for newlyweds, libido, and matters of the heart. In beauty products, it is well loved for skin and hair, especially split ends. From an Ayurvedic and TCM standpoint, ylang ylang is amazing to pacify vata and support the kidney meridian and water element, as it is calming, and supports the adrenals, hormonal systems, hair, and sexual energies, and chi.
In the case of shock, grief, and anger it is emotionally calming. It restores joy after loss, and returns us to a childlike state of mind, one of innocence and heart knowing. Buried feelings can be released with the help of ylang ylang.
And now for a little science - Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found in high amounts in Black Pepper, Ylang Ylang, and Melissa essential oils. It activates a specific type of cannabinoid receptor that is being studied for many benefits, but that has no psychoactive activity, called Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2, or CB2.
Activating CB2 with caryophyllene is being studied for many benefits, including that of supporting the body’s normal immune response to inflammatory stressors such as intense exercise. These receptors are present in immune cells as well as some regions of the brain and brainstem. Caryophyllene’s support of healthy cell growth may also be tied to activating CB2 receptors.
Like all the flower oils, ylang ylang is very potent. Just a few drops in a blend can really go a long way and become overpowering if you add too much. Ylang ylang blends well with mint, citrus, and tree oils. I love using it for occasional soreness, the heart, exhaustion, and sleep. How do you use this incredible flower oil?
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