I have been doing a lot of research on the different essential/armotherapy oils, the uses and health benefits that come from them. There are so many that can help you physically, mentally, and emotionally, its just crazy. For Christmas I got a small bundle of Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass and Orange. The peppermint is my favorite right now, just for the fact that it has helped me tremendously with my headaches. My hubby hasn’t felt the best the past couple of days so last night we added Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Lavender and Eucalyptus to his bath water to help with some of his congestion and nasal issues. I have yet to purchase a diffuser, but it is on my Amazon wish list to buy here in the next week or so, can’t wait to add a few drops of the Lavender and let it work its magic around the house. The Ylang Ylang oil I found down at Hobby Lobby last weekend, surprised me that they carried essential oils. They had a nice decent variety and the price was only $6.99 each, not too shabby if I do say so myself. Here are a few ways you can use Ylang Ylang essential oils:
Benefits of Ylang Ylang Oil
Ylang ylang is considered an effective antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic and sedative. It has a positive effect on immune health, blood flow and emotions, making it a natural remedy for the endocrine, cardiovascular, reproductive and digestive systems. In foods and beverages, ylang ylang oil is used as a flavoring and preservative. In product manufacturing, it’s used as a fragrance for cosmetics, household cleansers, hair products and soaps.
Ylang ylang essential oil benefits include:
- Increasing blood flow
- Relieving inflammation
- Fighting parasites
- Regulating heartbeat
- Healing cardiac problems
- Lifting someone’s mood
- Promoting healthy intestinal function
With a naturally rich, floral scent that’s considered “romantic” and uplifting, many people like to diffuse ylang ylang in their bedrooms or add some to household cleaning products. The scent also has the ability to positively impact emotions and can help create a calming, relaxing atmosphere in your home. It especially can be useful for soothing you through a rough day when you add ylang ylang oil to your bath, lotion or other beauty care products.
Ylang ylang works well with other essential oils like rose oil, lavender oil, frankincense oil, jasmine oil and bergamot oil. Depending on your condition and what you want to use it for, it can double as both a relaxant and a stimulant. Use several drops of mixed essential oils, and dilute them with a few drops of a carrier oil. Here are several combinations to try:
- For building confidence: 2 drops ylang ylang and 2 drops bergamot.
- For a natural home freshener that smells tropical: 2 drops ylang ylang and 2 drops jasmine.
- To release tension: 2 drops ylang ylang and 2 drops frankincense.
- To give you an energy boost: 2 drops ylang ylang and 2 drops of citrus oil like lemon oil, grapefruit essential oil or orange oil.
- For an aphrodisiac massage rub: 2 drops ylang ylang and 2 drops sandalwood essential oil.
Mind, Spirit and Body:
- Ylang ylang essential oil is particularly useful in helping with a rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing. It is associated with the heart chakra and is thought to support the heart on both a physical and emotional level.
- Ylang ylang has a calming and euphoric effect, so is wonderful for helping with anxiety, tension, palpitations, panic and shock…..in fact all nervous conditions.
- It is a hypotensor so can also help with reducing high blood pressure.
- Its antiseptic properties are particularly helpful with intestinal infections.
- Helps relieve negative emotions such as anger, frustration and rage.
- Ylang ylang is very yin and is considered to be very much a womans oil. However it’s also good for bringing out the feminine side of men!
- Its calming properties are great for insomnia.
- Considered to be an aphrodisiac it can be useful for frigidity and impotence.
This essential oil has a balancing and stimulating effect on skin. It’s a great oil because it can help with over-dry and over-oily skin – it balances the secretion of sebum. It also has a stimulating effect on the scalp, and is often used to help hair growth.
Ylang ylang Essential Oil Precautions:
- It is classed as a non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil……however, if used too much it may cause headaches and nausea – remember it has a strong, sweet odour.
Ideas For Using Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Put a few drops in a diffuser/burner to help relieve anxiety, tension, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, stress and depression. Also good if you are feeling physically exhausted.
- Put a few drops in a hot bath to help relieve nervous tension, stress or just general crankiness. Again, also good for fatigue, exhaustion and especially insomnia. It’s a good idea to mix the drops in a small amount of milk first (essential oils mix better with fats) and then add!
- Make use of ylang ylang’s skin balancing properties and blend into a cream or lotion to help with both over-dry and over-oily skin.
- Use on its own or as part of a blend in a carrier oil for aromatherapy massage. This can be especially helpful with anger, frustration, tension, stress and insomnia.
- Add it to a carrier oil and massage into your temples to help with headaches.
- Ylang ylang is one of the ingredients of the famous Macassar hair oil. The word “anti-macassar” comes from this – an anti-macassar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.
- In Indonesia, they throw flower petals all over the bed on wedding nights…..very romantic!
Hope everyone enjoys their day! 🙂
Til next time,