Ylang Ylang: strange name, amazing benefits!
Known to relieve anger and frustration, the oil distilled from the flowers of the ylang ylang tree is so aromatic it's hard to believe the original flowers had no smell at all! Through selection and cloning, this amazing fragrance was born.
Ylang ylang trees grow up to around 65 feet in height, throughout tropical Asia. They bear flowers year round, however the most beneficial harvest occurs right after the rainy season, from April to June.
Essential oil is obtained from the spidery, yellow flowers by steam distillation.
Health benefits of ylang ylang
Related to its ability to calm, ylang ylang can assist in maintaining a regular heart beat and support regular breathing. Mood is also positively affected with just a drop or two. Used in massage therapy, it will help to relax muscles for a great massage!
Also under the "calming" umbrella, ylang ylang promotes regular secretion of sebum, helping to maintain healthy skin.
Add ylang ylang to your shampoo to promote thick, lustrous, shiny hair and control split ends.
You would expect an oil with such a floral fragrance to be beneficial for "women's issues", and it most certainly is! Women find that using ylang ylang around the time of their monthly cycle helps to balance hormones, and we could all do with a little of that, right ladies?
But what about the men in our lives? Men will find that the use of ylang ylang essential oil, applied with a light carrier such as jojoba or fractionated coconut oil, will help to strengthen joints and muscles. If the scent is not masculine enough, simply add some sandalwood or vetiver to "man it up" a bit!
And, did I mention it's also an aphrodisiac?
Ylang ylang is a "mild" oil, and can be applied directly to the skin. When applied over the thymus gland (top of the breast bone), it helps to support the immune system.
How to use ylang ylang essential oil
Diffusion - put a couple of drops of ylang ylang oil into your diffuser and experience the amazing floral aroma of this oil. Diffuse 2 drops of ylang ylang with 4 drops each of roman chamomile and marjoram for a peaceful nights sleep.
Topical - including massage, to any area of tension. Frankincense is mild enough to be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil.
You can also make some pretty awesome bath blends by mixing ylang ylang with any of the oils mentioned below. Add Epsom Salts to enhance the therapeutic benefits.
Blends well with:
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