Ylang Ylang - Do you feel the heat?
Ylang ylang essential oil is derived from a star-shaped flower that grows on the Cananga tree (Cananga odorata), in the tropical forests of countries like India, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and parts of Australia. In Tagalog, a Philippine language, ylang ylang means “flower of flowers.” And yes, they’re right! Ylang ylang is an intense and luxurious oil and is probably one of the most complete essential oils to have.
It’s very efficient as a mood enhancer, boosting self-esteem, reducing depression, and alleviating anxiety when inhaled or applied on the skin. When inhaled, it has a sedative effect. Research shows that it can also lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and alleviate headache and pre-menstrual pain. Ylang ylang contains linalool, a compound that has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. In the Philippines, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is used by healers to address cuts, burns, and bites from both insects and snakes. In the Molucca islands, the oil was used to make a popular hair pomade called Macassar Oil.
But that’s not all! This exotic plant is also known for its aphrodisiac properties. It can be used to increase sexual desire and decrease sexual anxiety. In Indonesia, Ylang Ylang flowers are sprinkled on the bed of a newlywed couple. Wanna set the mood? Ylang ylang…
How to use ylang ylang essential oil:
You can mix your essential oil with a carrier oil (like almond or jojoba oil), and use it to moisturize dry skin or even for a massage. It can also be rubbed on the scalp to promote oil production and reduce dryness. Ylang ylang can be irritating for some people, always do a patch test first and wait 24 hours before using!
Always dilute it. To use topically, add one drop of essential oil for each teaspoon of carrier oil. Or just get the ready-made Bio Scents ylang ylang body oil (click here)
Add 3 or 4 drops to your bath water for physical or mental exhaustion
Use with water in an oil diffuser and create a warm and upbeat atmosphere.
It can also be inhaled as an aromatherapy treatment by using in a room diffuser.
PS: add some bergamot and sweet orange essential oil for positivity, happiness, and optimism.
Did you know that?
The ylang ylang flower is used to make several types of essential oil, via steam distillation and the oils vary in the intensity of their scent. Ylang ylang extra, the most intense, is often used as a top note in perfumes, such as Chanel Number Five.