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Ylang Ylang

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 9:50 AM

     This week we continue our discussion of essential oils and their role in skin and body care products with a brief descritpion of Ylang-Ylang. Ylang-Ylang is fairly new to aromatherapy. It is extracted from the flowers of the Cananga Odorata tree (Ylang-Ylang tree), which is native to the South Pacific Islands of the Phillipines, Indonensia and Polynesia. Ylang-Ylang has a delicate, floral fragrance and is widely used in perfume making. Benefits to the skin include antiseptic and is effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin, which helps the skin look hydrated and youthful. In aromathreapy, ylang-ylang is also known to be a hypotensive (lower blood pressure), and as an antidepressant. 

Popular Uses of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Put Ylang Ylang into an Epsom Salt bath for relaxation.

Refresh your skin with an aromatherapy steam facial using Ylang Ylang essential oil.

Put on your wrists for a sweet and floral perfume.

Add Ylang Ylang to fractionated coconut oil for a deep hair conditioner

Massage into the shoulders or back, apply to the feet, or use aromatically to promote peace. (I've even tried tossing it at the heads of cranky people, but that didn't go over well.)

For emotional balance, I find that ylang ylang oil is best used either over the heart or aromatically (even inhaled directly from the bottle).(

We'd love to hear your experiences with Ylang ylang. 

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