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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: 6 Benefits, Uses & DIY Recipes for Hair, Skin, and Health
Pinterest users from all over the world are saying “yes!” to Ylang Ylang aromatherapy for it’s calming, relaxing, and skin-boosting effect. It’s popularity in search is up 91% compared to last year.
I had to write about this trending topic because I am Filipino and I grew with these flowers all around me as a little girl. As you can see in the picture below, vendors typically sell these blooms of Philippine’s national flower Sampaguita (the Filipino Jasmine) paired with Ylang Ylang for leis. These leis were typically hung on the rear view mirror of our car.
Source: Avrotor Blog
Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) essential oil comes from flower petals of the large, tropical Ylang Ylang tree grown in tropical areas throughout the Polynesian Islands, Asia, especially in Indonesia and my beautiful country; the Philippines.
It’s heavenly! It is also spelt Ilang-Ilang, and often called perfume tree. In Tagalog; (my Philippine language) means “flower of flowers.” It is beautifully fragrant, with a heavy, sweet, slightly fruity floral scent. Did you know that it’s one of the main notes in many of the most popular fragrances today, including Chanel No. 5 and Joy Perfume?
1. Strengthens the Immune System and Lowers High Blood Pressure
Helps improve immune function and lowers inflammation, which is a leading contributor to heart disease, autoimmune and cognitive-related disorders.
Known to improve blood flow and fight inflammation, Ylang supports a healthy circulatory system.
Where to apply it: Massage a single drop daily over the heart combined with a carrier oil.
2. Mood Booster
Quick Remedy: For a natural home freshener add 4 drops into a diffuser or massage it into your skin.
Natural and effective, essential oil inhaler sticks are great when you’re on the go. Leave one in your purse, gym bag, night drawer, carry-on bag, in your pocket when you’re hiking…everywhere really! The best part of it is you only need one ingredient.
3. Radiant Skin
Simple Remedy: Mix one to two drops with coconut or jojoba oil and gently massage it to your face on your cleansed skin morning and or cleansed evening skin.
Pour all ingredients in the glass bottle and you’re done! Simply shake the bottle before use and mist away.
4. Natural Energizer
Energizing and useful for fighting fatigue or body aches.
It’s that simple!
5. Natural Hair Care Product
Can help increase the libido of both men and women.
Remedy: diffuse it in your room, inhale it from the bottle, add a drop to your body lotion, or even apply a small amount to your bed sheets or shirt collar.
1. Aromatherapy: Use a diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle.
2. Topically: Make sure you combine your Ylang essential oil with coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio before applying it to your skin. Always test for skin sensitivity by dabbing a bit of the mixture behind your ear before using it throughout the body.
3. Internally: ONLY recommended with very high-quality oil brands but it is very powerful so personally I would not use this method.
As you can see the benefits and uses for this awesome flower are plentiful. With spring and tropical season around the corner for most of North America and Europe this is a great time to try these natural remedies and DIY recipes. Enjoy!