Ylang Ylang oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the tree. And means “flower of flower” among other things (read below). It has been used customarily for promoting thick beautiful hair as well as smooth skin.
It is interesting that the quality of Ylang Ylang oil depends very much on the time that the flowers are picked and the distillation process. The best time to pick the flower is in the early morning; this yields the best and most oil.
There is at least five different oil qualities named according to the distillation process. And there are several methods on how to name them also!
But, what is consistent is that the first hour of distillation produces the best quality oil. This is referred to as Ylang Ylang Complete. The poorest quality is taken last and is called Cananga.
Although this is an easy oil to find it may be hard to locate a therapeutic grade just because once again it becomes a labeling and marketing issue. Therefore, it is important to choose a reputable essential oil company to purchase Ylang Ylang from if you want the best results possible.
These are all blends that I use daily for myself and the horses. And I understand why Ylang Ylang is an essential component in each of them!
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What is the Genus Species? Cananga odorata
Why is this information important? It is always a good idea to know your genus species of your essential oil, so you know what you are getting! Too many companies label essential oils generically which means none of us know what they are putting in the oils they sell to us!
Where is the name derived from? Ylang Ylang comes from a Tagalog word “ilang” meaning “wilderness” or the word “ilang-ilan” meaning “rare”.
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower
What is the ORAC Value? 130,000 µTE/100g
Why be bothered with this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,260; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Indonesians cover the beds of newly married couples with Ylang Ylang flowers?
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, vasodilating, regulates heartbeat, anti-diabetic, tonic and sedative.
What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Ylang Ylang Oil? Anxiety, depression, diabetes, insomnia, hair loss, skin conditions (oily skin, acne and blemishes, stimulates new cell growth, smoothes, wrinkles, pre-mature aging), releases facial muscle and tension, arterial hypertension, reduce hyperpnea, palpitations, tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmia, intestinal problems and increase libido (men and women).
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet and floral aroma is very calming and relaxing.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Ylang Ylang Oil has been used to balance male and female energies so one can achieve a state of harmony.
It accomplishes this by releasing negative emotions such as anger, possessiveness or low self-esteem. And nourishing the positive emotions such as confidence, self love and spiritual awareness.
Ylang Ylang oil also helps those who are physically or spiritually drained. It brings the body, mind and spirit back into alignment.
What Chakra is Affected? Expands the heart chakra.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Pink
How do I use it?
Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this oil be used for Pets? Yes, it has a calming effect on animals. As I mentioned in the introduction, it is used in many of the blends that are a mainstay at the barn.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus products and oils in particular if not of therapeutic grade quality! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils when wanting healing results! Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, Ylang Ylang oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities.
One of the Ylang Ylang oil benefits is that is has no know contraindications and it is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). However, repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. Use sparingly if you have low blood pressure.
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Ylang Ylang is referred to as “Poor Mans Jasmine” in Indonesia because it has a sweet aroma and shares some of the same properties and uses?
Did you know that Ylang Ylang can control epilepsy, especially if inhaled prior to the seizure? Yes according to Dr. Tim Betts of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic at Birmingham University of UK it is one of the most effective!
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Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User
To help bring back skin elasticity, use Ylang Ylang with lavender essential oil!
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