Over the last few months, I have come about a beautifully floral, sweet smelling essential oil called Ylang-ylang. It has quickly become one of my favorites that I use on a regular basis. The aroma reminds you of a romantic setting on a tropical island.
Ylang-ylang essential oil comes from the tropical ylang-ylang tree with pale yellow flowers. The ylang-ylang tree grows in tropical areas throughout Asia, Indonesia, Polynesian Island, and the Philippines.
My experience with this oil is that the sweet floral scent is very calming, uplifting and provides balance. Ylang-ylang oil is considered a natural antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive and sedative.
Some key ways to use Ylang Ylang Essential Oil:
Aromatically: This essential oil is a wonderful oil to use, especially using a diffuser. When used in this way, inhaling ylang-ylang can have an immediate and positive effect on your mood. Known as a natural antidepressant, it can help release negative emotions, including anger and low self-esteem.
Another benefit is that it helps with insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome resulting from its mild sedative effects.
If you do not have a diffuser, I highly recommend the PureSpa, Aromacare, TaoTronics, or InnoGear diffuser units based on my own experience. Also, check out our 5 Essential Elements to consider when choosing an Essential Oil Diffuser blog post for other options. In the interim, time, place one or two drops into the palm of your hands, rub together, open your hands near your face and gently inhale the sweet scent.
Topically: This essential oil, as noted above, is great for reducing stress and anxiety but also has abundant ways to use the oil topically. Need more energy? Many find this oil useful for fighting fatigue. Apply a few drops to your wrist, neck or chest. For healthy, shiny hair, massage a few drops of ylang-ylang with coconut or jojoba oil into your scalp. The scent and massage are not only incredibly relaxing, but is a great way to improve the look of your hair, but also a great natural hair loss remedy.
For those who suffer from diabetes, many have found that using ylang-ylang essential oil may lower risk of nerve, cell and tissue damage. Message a few drops the abdomen or onto reflex points of the feet.
In addition to diffusing, I primarily use this essential oil for my skin. When applied to the skin, this oil is known to aid in preserving my youthful glow and slow the signs of aging. Make sure that the oil is 100% pure certified therapeutic essential oil. Massage in one or two drops with jojoba or coconut oils. It is also known to aid in fighting skin cancer cells.
Ylang-ylang is an essential oil must have. The above only touches the surface, as there are so many more ways to use this fabulous oil. Have you ever tried ylang-ylang before? If so, what is your favorite way to use the essential oil? Let us know! If you have never used it before, give it a try!
NOTE OF CAUTION: Use ylang-ylang sparingly. High levels may cause sensitivities or a reaction. This is not medical advice, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Always consult your medical practitioner prior to use.