Essential Oil Ylang Ylang
Essential Oil Ylang Ylang
The name Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers” in the local Tagalog dialect. The best oil of all is obtained from flowers picked in early summer and early in the morning. Ylang Ylang has ancient traditions as do many essential oil and in Indonesia, the flowers were spread on the beds of newly married couples.
In the Victorian age the oil was used to soothe insect bites and as a hair treatment. A tall tropical tree which grows up to 20 meters high, with large, tender fragrant flowers. Strangely, the flowers can be (on the same tree) yellow, pink or mauve, but only the yellow flowers are considered good enough for the extraction of oil. Ylang Ylang Oil has an aphrodisiac property useful for impotence and frigidity. It can also have a sedative effect on the nervous system and calm anxiety, shock, fear or panic. It can help with high blood pressure, intestinal infections or high heart rates. Topically people have used Ylang Ylang oil to balance the skin from oily or dry to balanced.
Aroma: Exotic, sweet smell and slightly spicy, with a narcissus or banana-like overtone.
Traditional Use: This extremely fragrant essential oil has a calming effect on the mind and body and is used in cases of frigidity and impotence, also used to stimulate hair growth.
Properties: antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, sedative
How to Use: Topical, Diffuse, Massage, Bath, Inhalation
Blends well with: bergamot, grapefruit, lavender and sandalwood.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. Not for internal use.
HISTORY OF USE
Originating in the Philippines, ylang ylang means “flower of flowers” or “fragrance of all fragrances.” This fragrance is traditionally used in aromatherapy to sharpen the senses and to temper depression, fear, anger, and jealousy. For these reasons, and also because of its reputation as an aphrodisiac, the flowers are spread on the beds of the newly married in Indonesia.
Modern aromatherapists find the scent strongly sedating, easily sending the most reluctant sleeper off to dreamland. Science, on the other hand, regards ylang ylang essential oil more as a mental stimulant. Can it be both? Quite possibly it stimulates people’ s minds in one way while relaxing them in another.
Ylang ylang is also widely used as a cosmetic when mixed with coconut oil. People throughout the tropics use it to protect their hair from salt water damage. Today, as one of the most abundant and least expensive of the true floral-smelling essential oils, it is a favorite in perfumes and cosmetics and is even added to some beverages and desserts. The essential oil varies greatly due to climatic and botanical differences. As a result, there are several commercial grades with distinct scents.
-Emotions: Ylang Ylang essential oil is one of the oldest known anti-depressants. The oil assists with anxiety, sadness, and nervous tension, by uplifting the mood and inducing feelings of excitement, joy, happiness, and hopefullness. Ylang Ylang is also a wonderful aphrodisiac. The oil may be used for lack of libido, frigidity, and issues with releasing stress. The oil also works for calming and balancing the emotions during times of high stress, crisis, tension, or depression. The oil allows one’s mind to be at ease when there is tension with others, as it softens one’s mental beliefs and allows calmness of the mind and body, by opening the heart to love and acceptance.
– Skincare: Ylang Ylang can be used in skincare remedies, as its properties include cell regeneration. The oil induces production of sebum in the skin, deeming it suitable for oily skin, dry skin, cracked skin, and mature skin. Due to the production of sebum, the oil also works well for Seborrhoeic eczema. Seborrhoeic eczema is a disease in which there is irregular production of sebum in the sebaceous glands, causing frequent infections of the epidermal skin cells. Ylang Ylang essential oil can be used for this disease, as when used regularly, it will assist with regularizing the sebum production and reduce facial peeling.
– Physical: Ylang Ylang essential oil is an effective anti-septic and can be used on any cut or wound to inhibit growth of bacterial infections. As the oil is very calming to the emotions, it also helps calm the body, as it is an effective agent for lowering high blood pressure. Ylang Ylang is also a protector of the body’s nervous system, as it reverses any nerve damage, reduces stress and protects the nerves, and strengthens the entire nervous system. Ylang Ylang essential oil contains a high amount of sesquiterpenes, a class of organic compounds found mostly in plants. These compounds stimulate the liver and endocrine glands, giving the oil its antispasmodic and sedative properties. These properties allow to oil to be calming, healing, relaxing, and euphoric to the mind and body!
HOW TO USE
– Neat: Place a drop or two directly onto clean and intact skin. A couple drops on the wrists, shoulders, temples or neck imparts a strong woodsy and honey-like aroma. Note: This oil should not be used undiluted on facial skin!
– Blended with Carrier: Use 5 drops per 1 TBL of carrier oil such as grapeseed, rosehip, jojoba or hazelnut oils, and massage over any area where you would like for healing to occur.
– Bath: Place 8 drops into 3 handfuls of bath salt and disperse, or add 8 drops to vodka or whole milk and disperse.
– Shower: Soak for at least 3 minutes in steamy shower, then with the water off or turned away from the body, allow 5-7 drops to fall in the palm of the hand and distribute all over wet body (not face). The oil will penetrate very quickly, and the body can be rinsed again, or not.
– Diffusor: Follow diffusor manufacturer’s instructions, but typically add about 8 drops.
– Room Deodorizer: Add 15 drops per 2oz distilled water and spray as desired.
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