Ylang-ylang, a luxurious and heady aroma, is known for its relaxation and aphrodisiac powers, encouraging both feelings of languid calm and pure euphoria. This aroma’s ability to simultaneously relax and uplift unites our emotional and sensual natures, reminding us of the marriage of the emotional and physical.
This recipe soothes, allures, and centers your body and soul. It helps to release anxiety, tension, sadness, and stress, while opening you up to joy and pleasure. Apply to your neck and wrist when feeling agitated, out of sorts, closed off, or in need of hope and uplift.
Ylang-Ylang Relaxing and Sensualizing Aroma
4 drops ylang-ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata)
2 drops sweet orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
2 drops rose absolute essential oil (Rosa damascene )
2 drop jasmine essential oil (Jasmine grandiflorum)
2 drops vanilla absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
- Add the essential oils to one ounce of jojoba or an unscented lotion.
- Shake the bottle until blended well.
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Ylang-ylang calms the nervous system by “cooling” states of restlessness and agitation. The nervous system is the information and communication system of the body, responsible for transporting messages from the brain to the body and the body to the brain. The sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, two departments of the nervous system, work together to help the body respond to internal and external information. Together they help balance the body.
The parasympathetic nervous system maintains optimal body function during everyday life by sustaining a healthy heart rate and blood pressure, keeping the digestive tract functional to process food and eliminate waste, and restoring and conserving energy needed during emergencies. Conversely, the sympathetic nervous system prepares the body for stressful or emergency situations by increasing the heart rate, opening the airway to facilitate easier breath, releasing stored energy, increasing muscular strength and, at the same time, slowing processes like digestion and elimination that are less important during emergencies. This shift in normal functions of the body allows us to literally run away from danger.
Ideally, we should live in the parasympathetic nervous system—a state of rest and digest—and only shift into the sympathetic nervous system—a state of fight or flight— during danger. In today’s society, however, the pressure to go, do, and accomplish pushes many of us into a continuous fight or flight state. To encourage a shift back into a state of rest and digest requires practices such as restorative yoga, meditation, and other calming practices, including the use of essential oils like ylang-ylang.
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