A native of Asia, ylang ylang means “flower of flowers”, the waxy petals have been used in medicines and skin creams for millennia. It is a base of high-end oriental scents and a key ingredient in Chanel No. 5. Read further, to find out all the amazing things ylang ylang essential oil is good for.
Where does ylang ylang come from?
Ylang Ylang originate from South-East Asia, although it is now native in Burma, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Islands. It was introduced to the tropical countries of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the French Colonies of the Indian Ocean. Weiss EA. Essential oil crops. CAB International, UK, 1997.
It is is primarily produced in Indonesia and Madagascar, with smaller amounts from Reunion, Comoros Islands and the Philippines. Weiss EA. Essential oil crops. CAB International, UK, 1997.
How does ylang ylang essential oil smell?
OPLA’s ylang ylang 100% pure essential oil is steam-distilled. The pale yellow oil has an intensely sweet exotic floral scent. The scent can be overpowering, so use it sparingly at first, to discover how strong you like it.
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Ylang ylang essential oil benefits
Ylang ylang essential oil is stimulating and calming, that creates a sense of wellbeing. With its calming effects it can help lower blood pressure and breathing rates and in turn reduce feelings of anxiety.
The sedating and calming properties of ylang ylang make it a useful support in the treatment of depression and tension.
Use ylang ylang essential oil directly on skin, by diluting it with a base oil. Ylang ylang has a balancing action on the secretion of sebum, helping to regulate its production, making it an ideal skin cleanser for both oily and dry skin types. It is a particularly effective tonic for acne-prone complexions.
With its stimulating effect, ylang ylang essential oil helps to improve the structure and appearance of tired or sagging skin, restoring a youthful glow.
The essential oil has a long history as a treatment for dry hair. Ylang ylang essential oil good for nourishing and stimulating the scalp. It conditions dry, brittle hair. It is even known to promote hair growth.
Acts as an aphrodisiac
The arousing aroma of ylang ylang and its renowned relaxing effect make this oil a popular aphrodisiac, as it helps to release inhibitions and ease tension, while arousing the olfactory senses. Traditionally, petals were scattered on the beds of newlyweds to help shed inhibitions and get rid of anxiety.
How do you use ylang ylang essential oil?
As a room fragrance
Use 3-4 drops ylang ylang essential oil in a diffuser and fill the room with this exotic, highly floral aroma that’s uplifting, arousing, and at the same time eases feeling anxiety.
As a perfume
The essential oil can be used neat as a simple perfume. Or you can mix 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of a base oil and apply it to the pulse points.
In a massage oil
For a skin-toning and relaxing massage, add 1-2 drops to 2 tablespoons of base oil blend.
As a hair tonic
For a dry scalp, add 1-2 drops to 1 teaspoon olive oil and massage into the scalp before bed. Brush through with a natural-bristle brush, and wash out in the morning.
As a skin toner
Add 1-2 drops of the oil to 2 teaspoons witch hazel and 3 tablespoons water. Dab on skin with a cotton ball.
As a bath oil
Add 1-2 drops of the oil to 1 tablespoon base oil or full-fat milk and disperse in the bath.
Keep these tips in mind when using and storing ylang ylang essential oil:
- Test your tolerance. Ylang ylang might irritate sensitive or damaged skin.
- Don’t overdo it. A single drop of ylang ylang can produce a dominating scent.
This information is meant for educational purposes only. The statements above have not been evaluated by any regulatory agency. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician.