Ylang ylang essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of flowers of the ylang ylang tree (Cananga odorata).
This essential oil is actually an ingredient in the Chanel No. 5 perfume. This goes to show the rich floral fragrance of ylang ylang essential oil.
The major constituents of ylang ylang essential oil are benzyl benzoate, benzyl acetate, geranyl acetate, Linalool, methyl benzoate, and p-cresyl methyl ether.
Apart from ylang ylang oil’s use in perfumery and aromatherapy, ylang ylang essential oil also has antimicrobial, sedative, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties.
Below are various health benefits of ylang ylang essential oil;
1. Prevent Heart Irregularities
For starters, mix a dose of ylang ylang essential oil with carrier oils, such as argan oil or jojoba oil, at a 50:50 ratio. By rubbing this combination on your chest, it can go a long way in helping you regulate your heartbeat. After all, the oil is packed with anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent heart arrhythmia. If you have a diffuser, try aromatherapy using a few drops of ylang ylang essential oil. Running the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes a day can significantly improve your heart health.
2. Improve Circulation
For a better circulation of the blood in your body, rubbing any carrier oil with ylang ylang essential oil on your chest can help immensely if you have poor blood circulation around your legs and ankles. If you would rather inhale the oil to get this benefit, aromatherapy is a good alternative. Another way to improve blood circulation is by staying hydrated and fresh by adding 1 to 2 drops of 100% pure therapeutic-grade ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) oil to your water, tea or smoothie.
3. Reduce High Blood Pressure
Those with high blood pressure may be relieved to hear that massaging your chest with the fifty to fifty blend, and practicing aromatherapy can do wonders in dilating your arteries and reducing blood pressure. Since the oil is mild in scent, it is perfectly safe to take up to even 10 breaths of the oil vapors from the bottle itself. Enjoy the benefits of the ylang ylang essential oil vapors by taking deep breaths through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. You will be surprised by how effective it is in clearing the most stubborn of sinuses.
4. Reduce Inflammation
Not only does this essential oil have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce inflammation in your body in areas such as your joints and tendons, it also helps in fighting eczema and reducing the redness of your skin. For a more effective use of the oil, drop 5 to 10 drops of it into a warm bath to provide maximum relief all over your body and allow the ylang ylang properties to regulate the production of sebum.
5. Decrease Tension Levels
If you suffer from high amounts of stress, chances are your immune system has already taken a hit and requires nothing more than for you to relax so it can repair itself. Mixing carrier oils with ylang ylang essential oils and rubbing the mixture on your throat, chest, and abdomen can help you to better relax after a long day of work.
Try mixing coconut oil with ylang ylang essential oil and apply generously over areas where your liver, gall bladder, stomach, and intestines are. Coconut oil makes a great carrier oil, but may be too greasy a texture for some. Should you give this mixture a try, don’t forget to bring along a spare old shirt to wear after applying it.
6. Enhance Digestive Health
Not taking precautions in improving intestinal health can pose serious health problems down the road. Infections may develop and affect the way our digestive tract works. Rubbing in the combination of a carrier oil and the ylang ylang essential oil at areas where your liver and gallbladder are, can greatly stimulate the release of digestive juices to give you better digestion.
7. Prevents Nerve Damage
If you are someone with diabetes, massages of the essential oil to the balls of your feet can help lower the risk of neuropathy and damaging of the nerves. This is because ylang ylang oil has properties to protect tissues and cells from nerve damage arising from diabetes. Consult your health care provider before using ylang ylang oil if you are on medication for diabetes or heart issues.
8. Alleviates Aches
For each breath during your ylang ylang essential oil therapy, you would be able to experience extra lightness in every step that you take. For a calming 30 to 60 minutes of inhaling and exhaling the goodness of ylang ylang properties, you will be able to alleviate your body aches and walk with comfort.
9. A Confidence-Booster
A little boost in confidence can go a long way in helping you project yourself in a better way. Carry a little bottle and take a quick whiff to energize yourself before a hectic start to work. You can also dab a small amount on your wrist and go along your day smelling fresh and eager to face any challenges ahead.
10. Relieves Lethargy
Trusted and used by psychotherapists, the use of ylang ylang in the form of essential oil reduces muscle spasms and relieves lethargy. Take that well-deserved bath and soak yourself in the natural oils of the ylang ylang flower.
11. Aphrodisiac Properties
Ignite the sparks of romance by diffusing some ylang ylang oil into the air and applying a few drops onto your skin. Having aphrodisiac properties, coupled with its calming and soothing scent, get your partner into the mood even after a long day of work.
12. Reduces Tension
Uncomfortable cramps and tension at the small of your back and at your neck can ruin your day. To reduce the pain, apply a mix of lavender oil with ylang ylang essential oil and massage it at the affected areas. Not only would this help you combat the pain, but the flowery scents are also bound to uplift your mood too.
13. Stay And Look Young
Regenerate and revitalize your skin by gently massaging an appropriate amount of the essential oil where you see wrinkles forming. To allow it to work effectively, consider mixing it with jojoba oil or argan oil for extra absorption and see a reduction in fine lines in no time.
14. Alleviate Skin Irritation
Eczema, a skin condition similar to seborrhea or seborrheic dermatitis, causes irritation and itch to the affected area. Applying ylang ylang essential oil would help provide you with a soothing relief from the constant itch. It is also able to help reduce sores and flaky skin by lubricating the affected area. Do note that ylang ylang essential oil is used as a form of relief and not a cure for eczema.
15. Prevent Skin Damage
Applying ylang ylang essential oil onto your skin acts as a barrier to harmful free radicals that constantly bombard the skin all the time. While not all free radicals are oxidants, too much exposure to them may cause skin damage. This is why having a protective layer of ylang ylang essential oil is necessary for reducing and/or preventing this damage.
16. Mitigate Acne Outbreaks
Ylang ylang essential oil’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties are able to stimulate your skin and bring sebum secretion under control. By providing your skin with the essential nutrients and lubrication it needs, your skin’s sebaceous glands would not need to work so hard in secreting sebum, thus reducing the chance of an acne outbreak.
17. Prevent Skin Infections
Ylang ylang essential oil contains bactericidal properties. If you have a cut or a small wound, ylang ylang is able to prevent it from getting infected. Apply controlled amounts of ylang ylang oil after sanitizing and drying the wound. Place a band aid over the wound to prevent bacteria from entering. Observe how much quicker your wounds heal!
18. Get Relief From Seborrhoea
Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that affects the scalp and areas around the hairline. It is caused by a buildup of yeast called Malassezia, found in sebum, an oily secretion by the scalp’s sebaceous glands. It generally causes itch and reddening of your scalp. Add a few drops of ylang ylang essential oil to the shampoo you are using and obtain relief from the constant itch. Ensure that you leave your shampoo on for at least five minutes before rinsing your hair.
19. Alleviate Hair Loss
Sebum, oily to touch and secreted by the head’s sebaceous glands, its sole purpose is to keep your hair and scalp lubricated. However, when secretion goes out of control, it can lead to an oily scalp and more often than not, clog up the sebaceous glands. When the glands are clogged, they may damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Stimulate your scalp by applying ylang ylang essential oil. This would help bring sebum secretion under control and prevent hair loss.
20. Improve Hair Health
Dry scalp due to lack of sebum secretion may cause hair to either lose strength, drop, or both. Provide your scalp with the lubricant it lacks by applying ylang ylang essential oil. Ylang ylang essential oil would act as a conditioner, moisturizing the scalp and strengthening your hair.
21. Repel Head Lice
Ylang ylang essential oil is able to penetrate the shaft of your hair and its follicles. Lubricating your hair in this manner prevents head lice from breeding and attaching its eggs onto your hair. Combine ylang ylang essential oil with coconut oil to make combating head lice more effective.
22. Revitalize Your Home
Ylang ylang essential oil blends very well with essential oils of other fragrances. If you want a soothing and calming scent, blend a few drops of ylang ylang oil with a few drops of Jasmine essential oil. Not only does mixture kill bacteria, but it is also guaranteed to make your surroundings smell fragrant. For a nice scent to lift up your spirits, try blending ylang ylang with bergamot and grapefruit essential oils. Bring pleasure into your life with just one easy mix.
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