If you have been browsing our Soap Cart range of products, you will definitely come across our Ylang-Ylang (pronounced as EE-lang EE-lang) essential oil. It is a unique essential oil with some fascinating and unusual benefits.
Ylang-Ylang essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh flowers of the Cananga odorata, an evergreen tree that is native to India, through parts of Indochina, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, to Queensland, Australia.
Incomparable Richness Of Fragrance
Every part of this simple and unassuming tree from bark to leaves and highly scented flowers have their own individual uses and benefits.
The fragrance of the fresh flowers as well as the essential oil extracted produces scents that are more intense by night. It is no wonder the flowers are normally harvested at night.
If you like the classic Chanel No.5 or Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum then you might recognize Ylang-Ylang as one of its heart notes.
The scent of this oil is as exquisite as its name, highly rich, deep, heady, and yet bright with hints of jasmine and neroli. It is sometimes described as heavy, sweet, and carries a slightly fruity floral scent.
Try using the oil at different times of the day to experience the nuances of its heady fragrance.
Why Men Should Be Using More Ylang-Ylang
Essential oils are more commonly used by women but recently more men are also seeing the benefits of essential oils. It was no surprise when we came across a study of Ylang-Ylang essential oil published in the PMC Journal that was conducted on men. The study demonstrated that the inhalation of Ylang-Ylang significantly decreased the systolic and diastolic BP (blood pressure) as well as significantly caused a reduction of heart rate.
In places like Indonesia and the South Pacific, Ylang-Ylang flowers are still commonly scattered on the beds of newlywed couples. It may not be coincidental that the aroma of Ylang-Ylang is thought to be aphrodisiac in nature.
Ylang-Ylang is not just a modern-day discovery. Traditionally in different parts of the world studies on the ethnomedicinal uses of the various parts of the Ylang-Ylang tree includes treatment for malaria, asthma, pneumonia, stomach ache, headaches.
It acts as an antidepressant to help those suffering from depression and nervousness. Other uses mentioned include lowering blood pressure and reducing hypertension. It is also believed to relieve itchiness and has the properties to treat dandruff and was used as a laxative. Indians have also used Ylang-Ylang essential oil to treat headaches, eye inflammation, and gout.
Using Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
After a hard day at work or running around, try using it with water in an oil diffuser to act as an aromatherapy treatment in your home to take away all the tension and fatigue.
The Ylang-Ylang essential oil can be mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado and can be massaged directly to the skin and used to soothe, tone, and balance the skin and help moisturize hair and even prevent head lice. It can also be added to baths for that extra element of relaxation.
It’s a great oil to use as a repellent for mosquitoes and other insects that might annoy you as you prepare for a good night’s sleep. It also repels flies.
As Ylang-Ylang essential oil may be irritating for some people, always do a patch test first and wait 24 hours before using it.