BOTANICAL NAME: Cananga Odorata
COLOR: Pale yellow to golden yellow clear
AROMA: Ylang Ylang has an intoxicatingly sweet aroma with floral notes and a hint of soft spice
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam Distilled
PLANT PART: Flowers
BLENDS WELL WITH: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood and Sandalwood
Ylang Ylang may cause irritations to people prone to sensitivity. It may lead to headaches and nausea. Do not use on inflamed skin or on dermatitis. Ylang Ylang oil is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known. Do not use with someone who has low blood pressure as it is used to lower blood pressure.
Ylang-Ylang pronounced (EE-lang EE-lang) is known for its unique relationship to the heart and its ability to slow a rapid heart beat. It can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of shock and trauma. It has a euphoric and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic while the aphrodisiac qualities is useful for impotence and frigidity. It is particularly useful with rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat, it can also help with reducing high blood pressure and useful for intestinal infections. On the skin, Ylang-Ylang oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum, and has a stimulating effect on the scalp which promotes more luxurious hair growth.
It is a tall tropical tree about 20 meters (60 feet) high with large, tender, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers and is cultivated in Java, Sumatra, Reunion, Madagascar and the Comores. The name means ‘flower of flowers’. In Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights. The oil was once a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as macassar oil. The word “anti-macassar” originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.
The following properties are found in a high quality Ylang Ylang essential oil only;
Diffuse throughout a room, apply topically, inhale directly from bottle. Add a drop to the collar of a shirt. It is a very strong oil so you only need a little bit. I don’t use more then 2 drops.
Diffuse throughout a room or inhale directly from the bottle.
Use Ylang Ylang oil in a massage, diffuse in a room or use this oil to make your own roll on perfume.
Massage diluted oil to the shoulders, back and diffuse throughout a room to promote calmness.
Apply topically to the heart r diffuse throughout a room.
Massage diluted oil to the soles of the feet and over the pancreas.
Diffuse throughout a room to help with emotional stress. Also massage this oil over the heart.
Apply diluted oil to the soles of the feet. Inhale oil directly from bottle by taking deep breaths.
Massage 1 drop over the heart. Also consider using Juniper Berry essential oil (great for nightmares)
Add 1-2 drops of Ylang Ylang to coconut oil and massage into the scalp. Your hair will also smell AMAZING! Alternatively add a few drops of oil to your regular shampoo. Also consider using Rosemary and Cedarwood essential oils.
Apply 1 drop over the heart or inhale from the bottle as needed or daily for chronic palpitations.
High Blood Pressure
While there are a few essential oils that are excellent to use for high blood pressure Ylang Ylang is one of the best essential oils to use. Massage into the reflex points of the feet and over the heart. Also consider using Lemongrass, Geranium and Lavender in a blend not individually.
Apply topically daily or diffuse regularly. Also consider using Clary Sage essential oil.
Diffuse throughout a room. Apply to the soles of the feet. Inhale directly from the bottle.
To promote relaxation you can diffuse Ylang Ylang throughout a room, inhale directly from the bottle or apply a drop to a shirt collar.
Diffuse throughout the room or massage a drop into the heart center to help process and release emotions.
Use the same method as you would for insomnia.
Massage a single drop into the muscle areas of tension; this will give you both the topical and aromatic benefits of Ylang Ylang essential oil.
Add a drop to the palms of your hand and inhale deeply for however long you wish.