Known as a beauty oil, ylang ylang (pronounced “ee-LUNG-ee-LUNG") is the flower of a tree native to Southern India, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands. Their flowers are powerfully scented and must be harvested from the trees at dawn or they will become bruised and discolored and rendered useless for fragrance and essential oils.
Romantic and aphrodisiacal, ylang ylang flowers are strewn on the beds of newlywed couples in Malaysia. Ylang ylang, translated as 'flower of flowers,’ is a principle ingredient in such legendary perfumes as Chamade by Guerlain, L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, Jean Patou's Sublime, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and the iconic Chanel No. 5 created by Coco Chanel. Its scent is sweet, spicy, floral and intoxicating.
Ylang ylang’s aroma is distinctly feminine, or yin. When we find ourselves in an excessive masculine (yang) state, we can balance it by using an essential oil such as ylang ylang. This flower is often a component in men’s fragrance because it has been found to be healing and balancing to the male psyche.
Ylang ylang stimulates and supports the emotion of joy, the most prominent emotion of energetic Summer. It assists to relieve depression and its cooling properties are extremely beneficial to skin conditions associated with the Fire element/Summer season (according to traditional Chinese medicine). As outlined below, ylang ylang can provide significant anti-depressant properties.
Ylang ylang essential oil is analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiacal, cooling, a nervine, sedative, and antispasmodic.
The array of benefits ylang ylang can holistically offer our lives, both physically and mentally, is impressive:
- helps prevent signs of aging
- protects skin cells from oxidative stress and DNA damage
- assists to restore a healthful glow to the skin
- fights the development of skin cancer cells and melanoma
- regulating and balancing to the skin and excellent for all skin types
- helps tone skin and hair
- calms and soothes sensitive, blotchy, allergic skin and couperose
- maintains the skin's moisture
- assists to reduce redness and irritation with antimicrobial properties
- prevents and controls acne
- naturally regulates sebum and is good for oily skin
- soothes dry, itchy scalp and repairs split ends
- Check out Sweet Almond Oil Shampoo containing ylang ylang
- stimulates new hair growth and prevents hair loss
- Have a look at Hairlixir Shampoo with ylang ylang
- helps relieve symptoms of PMS
- balances hormones
- supports kidney and adrenal function; good for bladder control
- promotes healthy intestinal function
- calms and de-stresses (it’s aphrodisiacal); assists as an antidepressant and helps to maintain good temper; calms over-excited states
- helps diffuse feelings of fear, anger and tension
- assists with panic attacks by deepening cellular respiration and normalizing breathing
- improves ability to fall asleep and sleep well and peacefully
- increases blood circulation
- soothes tachycardia and hypertension
- comforts the heart after grief, trauma, shock and challenges to the nervous system
- helps to create a romantic environment: exotic, sensual, sweet, floral
- fights parasites
As always, for all essential oils, do your research on how best to use them whether it’s aromatically, topically or internally. Essential oils are very potent and not all of them can be taken internally. Most that can be ingested must be infused with a carrier oil and then only in very small amounts. Premium essential oils perfectly and precisely mixed in PHYTO5 skin and body care is a safe way to enjoy many of the benefits of a whole array of essential oils.
Stiles, K. G. The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy. Salem, MA: Page Street, 2017. Print.