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Caryophyllene: Terpene Highlight

Caryophyllene: Terpene Highlight

Caryophyllene is a bicyclic sesquiterpene that is a constituent of many plants including several herbs and spices.  It is often found as a mixture with isocaryophyllene, a double bond isomer, and α-humulene, a ring-opened isomer.  Caryophyllene has a unique molecular structure containing a rare cyclobutene ring not found in other terpenes.  Caryophyllene is the most common sesquiterpene found in essential oils.  It is believed to possess soothing and cleansing properties that make it useful in a variety of aromatherapy and topical applications.  The aroma of Caryophyllene can be described as warm and peppery, similar to the fragrance of freshly cracked black pepper. 


Caryophyllene is believed to support an elevated mood by working to combat feelings of stress while encouraging positive thoughts and emotions.  It may also help to clear the mind for improved focus and cognition.  Caryophyllene has been found to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that may help to soothe pain and irritation on the skin as well as in muscles and joints.  It is known to support a healthy immune response for faster healing while helping to ease pain caused by inflammation.  When diluted and applied topically, Caryophyllene may help to cleanse the pores and smooth skin texture for a glowing, youthful complexion.  

Essential Oils Containing Caryophyllene


Clove Bud Essential Oil


Clove Bud Essential Oil can be found to contain anywhere from 2-19% Caryophyllene.  It has been found to enhance concentration by stimulating the brain's cognitive processes.  It may also work to balance emotions and combat feelings of stress.  Clove may help to combat dull skin and encourage a radiant complexion.  

Black Pepper Essential Oil contains about 7-8% Caryophyllene.  It may help to soothe the nerves and combat the onset of anxiety while stimulating the mind.  Topically, Black Pepper has been found to ease pain and inflammation in sore, stiff muscles. 

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is around 3-11% Caryophyllene.  It is known to help to ease tension and combat nervousness while also clearing negative energy and uplifting the mood.  Ylang Ylang also has anti-inflammatory properties that help it to soothe irritated skin and decrease swelling. 

Rosemary Essential Oil generally contains somewhere between 0. 1-8% Caryophyllene.  It has been found to help reduce stress levels and promote feelings of relaxation while increasing alertness and mental clarity.  Rosemary may also help to relieve muscle aches while working to soothe skin inflammation and rejuvenate the complexion. 


Oregano Essential Oil is made up of around 5-15% Caryophyllene.  It is believed to help calm the body and mind while also improving sleep quality.  Oregano may help to ease inflammation which can soothe pain and itchiness caused by skin irritation.   

Check out some DIY recipes below using essential oils containing Caryophyllene...

Crystal Clear Focusing Room Spray

When working from home or completing school work, it is important to have an environment where you can focus without distractions.  Caryophyllene in rosemary, ylang ylang, and clove bud essential oils may help to improve concentration while working to avoid feelings of stress for the most productive day. 



Add 2 ounces of high percentage alcohol to the bottle.  Add the essential oils and fill the remainder of the bottle with water, leaving a little space at the top.  Shake well before each use.  Spray around the room before studying or working.  



Quick Recovery Massage Oil

Waking up feeling sore and stiff the day after an intense workout can throw a wrench into our plans for the day.  Caryophyllene in black pepper, ylang ylang, and oregano essential oils may help to ease inflammation and reduce pain to get us back on our feet and moving. 



Add ingredients to the bottle and shake to combine.   Add a few drops to the palms and gently massage into sore muscles and joints. 


Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

It is important to always put our best face forward and great skin is the perfect foundation for any look.  Caryophyllene in rosemary and clove bud essential oils may work to soothe irritated areas while deeply cleansing the pores for smooth and glowy skin.  



Measure Liquid Castile Soap, Vegetable Glycerin, Sweet Almond Oil, and essential oil blend into a bowl and stir thoroughly to combine.  Add water, a little at a time, while stirring gently to avoid the formation of too many bubbles.  Allow any bubbles to dissipate and pour the mixture into the bottle.  Shake well before each use.  Pour a small amount into the hand or a soft washcloth.  Gently rub all over the face, forming a lather, to cleanse.  for a full minute.  Rinse thoroughly and follow with toner and moisturizer.  


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