Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Botanical name: Cananga odorata
Method of extraction: Distillation
Ylang Ylang is a small, semi-wild tropical tree found in the South Sea Islands, most notably the Seychelles, Mauritius, Tahiti and the Philippines. Varieties of pink, mauve and yellow flowers are grown, but the finest oil is distilled from the yellow blooms. The essential oil is extracted via steam distillation from the flowers, and is produced in five different grades. The first oil drawn is the finest quality, and most expensive, but subsequent yields have similar therapeutic properties. Ylang ylang essential oil has a sweet, floral, exotic and heavy scent with a thin consistency, which is slightly yellow in colour.
Ylang ylang essential oil could bring ease to those suffering from feelings of anger, anxiety, shock, panic and fear; it has the ability to relax the nervous system resulting in feelings of peace. This sedative effect on the body could help those suffering from high blood pressure, and could also help reduce elevated breathing or heart rate; those suffering with insomnia may also benefit from using this oil. Its reputed ability to balance hormones makes it useful in problems associated with the reproductive system.
Ylang ylang essential oil blends particularly well with bergamot, citronella, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, Melissa, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood and verbena. It can be used in burners and vaporisers to help lift depression and ease anxiety, creating a calming atmosphere. In a bath or massage oil it can help ease and relax the mind and body due to its sedative qualities. Its antiseptic nature seems to have a beneficial action on intestinal infections. In a cream or lotion, ylang ylang essential oil promotes a balancing action on sebum, and so makes it useful on both oily and dry skin, and has been praised for helping to combat acne. It also has a tonic effect on the scalp promoting more luxurious hair growth.
Chemical constituents of ylang ylang essential oil: Benzoic, Farnesol, Geranoil, Linalool, Benzyl Acetate, Eugenol, Safrole, Cadinene and Pinene
Properties of ylang ylang essential oil: Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Hypotensive and Sedative
Why do we use ylang ylang essential oil: We use ylang ylang essential oil for its antidepressant and antiseptic properties, and also for its ability to help with combating acne.
Where do we use ylang ylang essential oil: We use ylang ylang essential oil in our Goats milk honey almond Soap, Our Ylang ylang and tea tree shaving soap, and our 100% pure ylang ylang Essential Oil.
Ylang ylang essential oil may irritate sensitive skin and can cause headaches and nausea if used excessively.
NOTE: The essential oil information provided, by Soapy Skin Ltd, within this article is intended for educational purposes only. The data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted oils, absolutes, CO2 or other concentrated essences on to the skin without advanced essential oils knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer or have any other medical problems, only use oils under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children, and is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before doing so. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using oil you have never used before. For in-depth information on oils safety issues, read Essential oil safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.