Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ylang Ylang Essential OIl


Greetings to you, my dear friends.  I am so happy you’re joining me.  Today we’re going to look at Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (cananga odorata) is distilled from the tropical, star-shaped flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree (pronounced ee-lahng ee-lahng).  This tree originated in the rainforests of the Philippines, then introduced to the Comoro Islands & Madagascar & now can be commonly found growing in the rainforests of certain Asian & South Pacific Islands like Indonesia, Java, Sumatra & Polynesia.

The distillation of Ylang Ylang is a bit different.  Other Essential Oils are typically put through the distillation process once, producing one grade.  The Ylang Ylang flowers go through the distillation process four times, producing four grades of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.  They are, in order of fractions, Extra (or Complete), I, II & III.    This process can affect the aroma & composition of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.  The best quality for Aromatherapy is the Extra & Ylang Ylang I.

The sweet, rich, spicy, yet delicate floral fragrance make Ylang Ylang Essential Oil a favorite in perfumes, but it is much more than a nice aroma.  The health benefits are numerous & varied.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is an anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-spasmodic, anti-seborrheic, nervine, aphrodisiac, hypotensive & a sedative substance.  Ylang Ylang flower is used to make a tea, which also possesses these attributes.

It’s been known to aid in the treatment of Seborrheic Eczema.  This skin disease is a malfunction of the sebaceous glands.   (We talked about Sebaceous Cysts on 10/29/17 (see Sebaceous Cyst & Essential Oils)).  Seborrheic Eczema is caused by the irregular production of sebum.  This causes epidermal cells to become infected.  The result is white or pale-yellow skin which can be either dry or greasy.  As this infected skin starts peeling off it can be rather unattractive & painful.  It tends to occur on the scalp, eyebrows & wherever you find hair follicles.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is known to help regulate sebum production & treat the infection.  This, in turn, reduces the irritation & redness, calming the skin.

It works as an anti-septic.  Cuts, abrasions or burns can become infected.  Ylang Ylang Essential Oil inhibits microbial growth & disinfects the wounds.  This property protects wounds from bacteria, virus & fungus.  It also increases the speed with which your wounds heal.  This makes it a great Essential Oil in the combat against acne.

Ylang-ylang essential oil is a health booster for the nervous system. It strengthens the nervous system and repairs any damage it may have suffered. Furthermore, it also reduces stress on the nerves and protects them from developing any number of nervous disorders. 

It’s hypotensive, which means it helps lower your blood pressure.  Since high blood pressure has become a major health issue & the pharmaceutical medications are causing more issues, Ylang Ylang has been tested & proven to be just as effective, yet without the side effects.

Ylang Ylang is considered to be one of the most powerful of the aphrodisiac Essential Oils.  Indonesian newlyweds will find their honeymoon suite covered in the flowers. It energizes you, intensifies eroticism, increases libido, promotes feelings of trust & attraction between lovers.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is also known to aid in your meditation practice.  It encourages releasing negative energy like low self-esteem, anger & jealously (something I’m working on in myself).  This Essential Oil promotes the positive energy of self-confidence, spiritual awareness & gratitude.  It supports a greater alignment of your mind, body & spirit.

For your Chakra work, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is said to help balance the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras.  We haven’t talked about  Chakras.  That would be an entire blog of its own.  But these two Chakras are located between just below your heart & just above your pelvis, your gut area.

Some other benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil are in the cure of infections in certain organs, like your stomach, intestines, urinary tract & colon.  It has helped people with insomnia & fatigue due to its calming effect on your nervous system.  It also maintains the moisture & oil balance of your skin, keeping it hydrated, smooth & young.

Be careful when first using Ylang Ylang Essential Oil as it can cause headaches for some individuals, especially if diffused in high concentration.  Always test patch first & use in moderation.

Ylang Ylang is of the floral family of Essential Oils.  There are eight families (camphourous, citrus, earthy, floral, herbaceous, resinous,  spicy & woody) & we’ve not talked much about them yet, either.  Another category used for Essential Oils is what is known as “Perfumery Notes”.  Those are top, middle & base & refer to the strength of the aroma.  (Ylang Ylang is a base note to middle aroma.)  Both these categories are important when you’re blending aromas & we will be going in depth with each soon.



I thank you for your attention & I look forward to our next chat.  Til next we meet, Be Blessed.



LB



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