Ylang Ylang is a health word that you went from never hearing before in your life, to hearing (what seems like) a million times a day, usually when referring to it in the form of an essential oil. Ylang Ylang is popular enough to be a fad, but it might just be good enough to stick around in your health and beauty routine for years to come.
Where does it come from?
Ylang Ylang essential oil, despite it’s sudden rise to the modern health shelves, has been around and in use for a while. The Ylang Ylang tree, from which the oil comes, has been referred to as Arbor saguisen, Borga cananga, and Unona odorata. Its native home is in the Philippines, Indonesia, and other southeastern areas of Asia.
Ylang Ylang was first distilled by by Albert Schwenger in 1860. Ylang Ylang trees were eventually brought to Madagascar, the Comoros Islands, and Reunion where it is still cultivated today.
The tree from which Ylang Ylang essential oil comes from is an evergreen and can grow to 20 meters. It has large leaves and long, flowering blossoms with light green petals.
The coveted Ylang Ylang oil comes from these very flowers. It takes nearly 100 kilograms of Ylang Ylang flowers to make only 2 liters of essential oil (Materia Aromatica).
How does it work?
Ylang Ylang as an essential oil is used either as an aromatherapy inhalation or as an oil to be applied to the skin. Ylang Ylang is said to send signals to one of the emotion control centers of the brain, the limbic system. It is from here that the nervous system is also controlled. When Ylang Ylang reaches this place a number of health benefits are said to occur (About Health). So let’s get to those benefits!
Benefits of Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang’s list of health benefits isn’t a short one. According to Organic Facts, this incredible essential oil is said to be able to:
Act as an Antiseptic
Ylang Ylang is often used as a disinfectant and antimicrobial. It cleans out wounds, protects against infections, and makes sure that bacteria doesn’t spread either. It is also said to quicken the healing pace after an injury. Using Ylang Ylang as an antiseptic is said to protect the recently injured from sepsis in various wounds such as:
It is even used help protect against tetanus if you were pierced or cut by something iron.
Strengthen the Nervous System
I bet you have never even thought about your nerve’s health. Well, maybe you should. Ylang Ylang is said to be a sort of nervine, that is it has a positive effect on the nervous system. It strengthens, repairs, and protects nerves.
Cure Internal Afflictions
Some essential oils are said to do just about everything. Well, Ylang Ylang may join that group. Along with being a nerve strengthener and an antiseptic, Ylang Ylang is also often used to treat a variety of internal issues, including stomach infections. Ylang Ylang is also used to cure issues of the colon, urinary tract, and intestines.
Moisturize the Skin
It’s not all about the unseen aspects of health. Sometimes you need to take care of your outside health too: your skin. Ylang Ylang can help with that, too. It is used to keep the skin balanced. Ylang Ylang helps to make the skin look smooth, hydrated, and best of all young looking.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Feeling a bit strung out these days? Ylang Ylang may be the stress reliever for you. It is a natural sedative. It eases the nervous system which calms any stress or anxiety you may be feeling. This will give you a nice, peaceful and overall relaxed feeling.
Lower Blood Pressure
Blood pressure issues are on the rise and Ylang Ylang is here to help especially if you don’t always want to use prescription drugs in response to your high blood pressure. Ylang Ylang is an effective hypotensive, that may be enough for you, depending on your specific case of high blood pressure.
Ylang Ylang is usually considered safe, but some have reported cases of nausea and headache when the dosage is too high.
But, as always in health and wellness, if you are changing your routines it is best to consult a professional.