Ylang ylang pronounced Eeelang Eeelang is popularly known as Cananga odorata, is a tree originated from the Philippines. Ylang ylang oil is extracted from the freshly picked flowers by water or by a process called steam distillation and contains antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative medicinal properties. There are different ‘pressings’ of ylang ylang oil, with them being called ‘extra’ and then followed by first, second, and third pressing. It has a sweet smell and a bit yellow in color. The ‘extra’ is not used in aromatherapy, but used in the perfume industry.
Ylang ylang oil is commonly used as a flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance for cosmetics and soaps too and is well known to stimulate circulation, relieves muscle spasms and relaxes nerves.
A plant belonging to the Anonaceae family this wonderful oil is known to treat a variety of ailments such as:
- Helping to reduce high blood pressure and useful for intestinal infections.
- Massage one drop of ylang ylang oil into several drops of coconut oil and massage into the scalp before bed to maintain a healthy growing hair.
- Ylang ylang oil is used to alleviate stress, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve mood, and enhance libido in both men and women.
- Ylang ylang oil has a calming and euphoric effect, so it is wonderful for helping with anxiety, tension, palpitations, panic and shock, in fact all nervous conditions.
- Ylang ylang oil relieves negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and rage.
- In a cream or lotion, it is used to balance the production of sebum in the skin and thereby correcting and balancing overly dry as well as overly oily skin.
- Ylang ylang oil protects wounds from infections from bacteria, virus, and fungus. It also helps to speed up the healing process of the wound.
- Ylang ylang oil is a health booster for the nervous system. It strengthens the nervous system and repairs any damage it may have suffered.
Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using ylang ylang oil though it is not known to have any adverse side effects.