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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

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Ylang ylang essential oil has incredible benefits. It is very relaxing and can calm your nerves and anxiety. Here is more about ylang ylang essential oil. (Note, it's pronounced ee-lang ee-lang).

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Quick Glance at Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Pros: It calms nerves, lowers blood pressure and neutralizes free radicals.

Cons: Ylang ylang oil may cause skin sensitivity and dark spots.

Precautions: Pregnant women should seek medical advice before using this essential oil.



Properties of Ylang Ylang Oil

Here are the properties of ylang ylang essential oil.

(a) Name: Ylang ylang's botanical name is Cananga odorata.

(b) Color & Smell: The essential oil has a light yellow color. And the ylang ylang scent is spicy and floral smell. That's probably because the ylang ylang flowers are used to make the oil.

(c) Components: Ylang ylang flowers are very delicate so extraction of the essential oil is staged. Stage I is short and extracts the very volatile compounds in the flowers. Stages II and III remove the lesser volatile compounds.

When buying ylang ylang essential oil, you will see the stage at which the oil was extracted from. The most popular is ylang ylang III.

The oil usually contains the following compounds but at varying amounts, depending on the extraction stage: p-cresyl methyl ether, methyl benzoate, linalool, benzyl acetate and geranyl acetate, beta-caryophyllene, d-germacrene, and alpha-farnesene.



Benefits of ylang ylang essential oil

These compounds add to the incredible benefits of ylang ylang oil. Here are just a few.

1. Ylang ylang essential oil improves self-esteem
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You read that right. Ylang ylang can improve your self-esteem. That is according to a study done on 34 nursing professionals.

The nurses were split into groups and given ylang ylang oil to inhale, apply on the skin or inhale AND apply onto the skin.

All three groups showed increases in self-esteem. And the group that did both (inhaled and applied onto the skin) showed the highest increase in self-esteem. That means when you need a confidence boost reach for ylang ylang oil!


2. It relieves depression

Ylang ylang oil is a well-known antidepressant. It has been shown to relieve fear, frustrations, and depression. So don't be depressed again with ylang ylang.


3. Ylang ylang oil is calming
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There are many studies including this one that prove ylang ylang has sedative and relaxing effects on the body. That means it can reduce anxiety, nervousness and tension.


4. It reduces blood pressure

Studies also show if you inhale ylang ylang oil, you may experience significant decreases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and a reduced heart rate. This really is in keeping with ylang ylang's relaxing effects.

So the next time you are stressed out or in a high pressure situation, take a whiff of ylang ylang. It is scientifically proven to reduce your pressure!


5. Ylang ylang fights free radicals
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Ylang ylang has shown free-radical scavenging and anti-cancer properties. In fact, a 2005 study compared the free radical scavenging properties of eleven essential oils. And ylang ylang was the most effective of the oils tested. That means ylang ylang oil can fight free radicals (which damage the skin) and cancer cells.


6. It is antibacterial
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Ylang ylang oil is very effective against bacteria including mutated, drug-resistant bacteria like Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.


7. It kills fungi too

Studies have also shown that ylang ylang essential oil can inhibit the fungi, Candida albicans, at concentrations of just 1%. That makes it a potent antifungal oil.


8. It is insecticidal
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A 2014 study looked at the repellent properties of ylang ylang oil on mosquitoes. The study also compared the oil with a chemical repellent: Johnson's Baby Clear Lotion Anti-Mosquito.

The results showed low concentrations of ylang ylang essential oil provided 98% mosquito-repellent protection for an hour. And the chemical repellent only provided 75% protection for 3 minutes. Just THREE!

This just proves the incredible benefits of ylang ylang oil.



Ylang Ylang Oil Uses

Ok so you've seen ylang ylang essential oil benefits and properties. Now let's look at how to use ylang ylang oil.

Inhalation
You can add a few drops of ylang ylang oil to your vaporizer to calm your body and boost your confidence. Similarly, you can add a few drops to your hankie. The ylang ylang fragrance is blissful and can be found in many perfumes, fragrances, and other popular cosmetics.

Massage
Before using the oil on your skin, do a skin patch test first. This is especially important for ylang ylang essential oil.

This oil may cause skin sensitivity to persons allergic to the compounds in ylang ylang. In addition, such persons have also experienced dark spots and pigmented contact dermatitis. So I can't stress it enough to do a skin patch test to ensure you are not sensitive to this oil.

If you are not sensitive to ylang ylang, you can use it with a carrier oil for massage onto your skin.

And, as with all essential oils, consult your doctor before using ylang ylang oil especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, using medications, or planning to use it on a young child.


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