Ylang ylang widely used because it has a natural thickening effect as well as healing properties on the skin. Flowers ylang ylang (ylang) is used to decorate a new wedding bed on wedding night because it awakens energy and has aphrodisiac quality. Many ylang trees grow in tropical regions throughout Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines and the Polynesian islands.
Benefits of Ylang Ylang Oil Essential Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil has antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic and effective tranquilizers. This oil has a positive effect on immune health, blood flow and emotion, thus making it a natural medicine for endocrine, cardiovascular, reproductive and digestive systems.
In food and beverages, ylang ylang oil is used as flavoring and preservative. In product manufacturing, this oil is used as an aroma for cosmetics, household cleansers, hair products and soaps.
Benefits of ylang ylang essential oil include:
- Increase blood flow
- Reduce inflammation
- Fighting parasites
- Set the heart rate
- Causes heart problems
- Increase mood (mood)
- Improve bowel function
Because the floral aroma is considered “romantic” and uplifting, many people diffuse the ylang ylang oil in the bedroom or add it to household cleaning products.
Ylang aroma is also able to evoke positive emotions as well as having a calming effect, and create a relaxed atmosphere at home.
Use of Ylang Ylang Oil
- Improve Heart Health
Known to increase blood flow and fight inflammation, ylang ylang indirectly supports the heart remains healthy. Ylang ylang oil is considered one of the most useful essential oils (along with lavender, clary sage and frankincense) to control blood pressure and prevent cardiac arrhythmias.
Massage a drop of ylang ylang oil that has been combined with carrier oil to the chest area. As a natural remedy for high blood pressure, ylang ylang can be used as a dietary supplement too (only when using therapeutic-grade oil) by adding one to two drops to drinking water or warm tea.
- Improving the Mood
Because of its ability to react directly to the brain’s olfactory system, inhaling ylang ylang oil has a positive effect on mood and acts as a mild depression medication. Ylang ylang oil helps to release negative emotions, including anger, inferiority and envy.
This oil is also useful in combating insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome because it has a mild sedative effect and can decrease stress response such as rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure.
Mixed ylang ylang oil into the home or massage into the skin to trigger feelings of confidence, calm, and awareness.
- Maintaining Skin Health
One of the most popular uses of ylang ylang is to rub it on the skin to make the skin look radiant and help prevent signs of aging or irritation.
Ylang ylang is also able to combat the development of skin cancer cells and melanoma. Mix ylang ylang oil with 1-2 drops of coconut oil or jojoba and massage into the face once or twice a day to protect the skin.
- Natural Enhancer
If you feel always tired or frustrated, aromatherapy treatment with ylang ylang can help. The ylang ylang aroma will provide energy and is useful to fight fatigue or body aches.
Add a few drops of ylang ylang oil to a clean cotton ball and apply it to your wrist, neck or chest.
- Relieve PMS
Use ylang ylang as aromatherapy or pijatkan to help reduce symptoms of PMS.
Apply ylang ylang oil along with lavender oil to the back of the neck and lower abdomen to relieve PMS cramps, tension and stress.
- Natural Hair Treatment
Ylang ylang oil combined with coconut oil has many benefits for hair. Try ylang ylang massage to the scalp along with coconut oil or jojoba oil (or conditioner) to improve hair appearance.
The combination of these oils also helps prevent tangles and dandruff, while also working as an anti-hair loss drug. Some studies even show this combination can kill head lice.
Ylang ylang demonstrates its ability as a natural impotence drug because it helps to increase libido in both men and women.
To feel more connected with the people around you (including your spouse or family member), diffuse ylang ylang in the room, inhale directly from the bottle, add a drop on the body lotion, or spread it on the sheets or the collar of the shirt.
- Against Diabetes
Ylang ylang can help protect tissues and cells from damage, making it a natural cure for diabetes.
Massage a few drops onto the reflex point of the foot, above the abdomen and pancreas, or use internally.
- Helps Digestion
To prevent stress and anxiety that can interfere with healthy digestion, try breathing ylang ylang, massage over the digestive organs or use internally a few drops a day.
Research on Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
The quality of ylang ylang oil depends on the type and mode of cultivation, especially when the flowers are picked. The flowers picked in the morning produce the best oil because the flowers are pollinated by moths during the night.
Decrease in temperature and dew occurring overnight may also have a positive effect on the chemical structure of ylang ylang oil. The distillation process up to 14 hours used to extract ylang ylang oil also affects the strength and ability. Steam distillation is the most preferred method of extraction because it is able to retain all the properties of ylang ylang.
During a long distillation process, the first extracted oil has the highest quality, also referred to as “ylang ylang complete” or “ylang ylang extra.”
The oil that is extracted in the next distillation process has a lower quality and is usually used in soap or cleaning products. Research shows ylang ylang best quality has high terpenoid content.
The isolated terpenoids derivatives (including IV-VI canangaterpenes) show promising results as a natural therapeutic agent for the treatment of some skin disorders. When tested on melanoma skin cancer cells, terpenoid compounds exhibit an inhibitory effect on cell melanogenesis and the immune system cytotoxicity.
In other words, antioxidants in ylang ylang oil protect skin cells from oxidative stress and DNA damage that leads to the formation of cancer cells. Other active compounds in ylang ylang oil include several types of flavonoids, terpenes, o-methylmoschatoline, liriodenine and dihydroxybenzoic acid.
According to a report published in the Journal of Experimental Botany in 2014, the ylang ylang flower aroma is a key factor in the interaction of insect-crops and is essential for pollination because it expels pests.
Researchers from the Phytochemistry Research Department, University of Rajshahi in Bangladesh have found phytochemicals in ylang-ylang also have antibacterial, antifungal and cytotoxic activity when used topically or internally by humans.
Ylang ylang oil helps boost immune function and decrease inflammation, which is a major contributor to most diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune and cognitive-related disorders. Yet another benefit of active ylang ylang essential oil is its ability to help prevent nerve damage that causes complications in diabetic patients.
Interactions and Side Effects Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil can be used internally or topically. High doses can cause reactions and sensitivity, so be sure to do a skin patch check before using it on the face, skin or using it internally.
People who have low blood pressure should also be careful when using ylang ylang.People who take blood pressure medication or have a heart condition, it is advisable to consult a doctor before starting treatment with herbal medicine.
Ylang ylang oil is considered safe for children, women who are breastfeeding and pregnant women when used in small quantities. This oil is also considered safe when applied to the skin, mouth and scalp when combined with other essential oils.
There is not enough information to know if ylang ylang consumed in quantities higher than recommended causes serious reactions, so always use small doses.