The scent of Ylang Ylang essential oil is both fresh and floral, and intoxicatingly heavy. The oil is steam distilled from the fresh flowers of the Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) tree in the South Pacific Islands. A popular additive to fragrances and cosmetics, Ylang Ylang has many medicinal benefits as well, which has made this oil a favorite among aromatherapists. Because the fragrance of Ylang Ylang is so popular, it is very important that the Ylang Ylang essential oil you buy does not contain the words “natural” or “fragrance”. It must be 100% pure essential oil, therapeutic grade, and purchased from a reputable distributor. The health benefits listed only apply to 100% pure and unaltered essential oil.
Health Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil:
• Balances sebum production in skin
• Benefits the Nervous System
For ages, Ylang Ylang has been used to treat anxiety, stress disorders, depression and sadness. It’s medicinal benefits for fighting depression and relaxing the mind and body is well known. It encourages emotional balance and lifts the heaviness weighing down the sadness. Not only does this benefit people with stress disorders and depression, these properties make Ylang Ylang a sedative. Sleep is important, and sometimes we don’t get enough. A few drops added to your diffuser is a great treatment from those who suffer from insomnia or stress.
The effects that Ylang Ylang has on the skin are numerous. I add it to most of my facial moisturizers. It helps to regulate sebum production, helping people with skin issues ranging from dry or oily skin types, all the way to Seborrhoeic Eczema, a painfully itchy condition of the hair follicles. To use Ylang Ylang for skin conditions, blend it 50:50 with a carrier oil like jojoba or fractionated coconut and massage in a circular motion into the area of concern. In addition to regulating the sebaceous glands, it is a disinfectant that can help to prevent infection by prohibiting microbial growth in wounds. It inhibits growth of bacteria, fungus and viruses. It is said that this oil can be used to prevent the bacterial growth of tetanus! I don’t know how effective Ylang Ylang actually is against tetanus, so keep up with your tetanus shots.
You can find romance again with the help of Ylang Ylang. Usually people are too busy and stressed to keep a relationship healthy. Not only does the aroma of the Ylang Ylang encourage romance, it quiets the stress and anxiety in the mind, leaving more room to keep your relationship healthy. It is an oil of the heart and soul, helping us fight the struggles we all face between listening to your heart or your mind.
Ylang Ylang has been said to help protect nerves from damage, as well as helping to repair some damage that the nervous system may have suffered. It is a booster for a healthy nervous system! It is also said to improve hormonal balance, work with the cardiovascular and endocrine systems, as well as promoting spiritual balance.
Speak with your doctor before using if you have any medical condition (including high blood pressure) or if you are taking medications. When taken as directed, Ylang Ylang essential oil has no side effects and is tolerated well in most people. If too much is taken or if someone is sensitive, this oil can cause headache and nausea. I am in no way implying that anyone should self-treat for any condition. Please ask your doctor for advice and proper dosage.
*** If you are pregnant or nursing, do not use without first consulting your doctor. Not for use in children under 6. Dilute heavily for topical use on children over 6. Not for people on medication for hypertension without first consulting a physician. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA.***
Ylang Ylang 100% pure essential oil can be purchased here: http://www.mydoterra.com/stephaniegorman