Getting Down to Essentials: Ylang Ylang Oil

Some people, places and things are memorable but the fact is you don’t really know how to pronounce their name. That would be the case of Ylang Ylang essential oil. With a sweet, flowery pungent smell similar to Jasmine, the oil is a favorite for use in aromatherapy as well as body care, cosmetics and perfume products. In fact, Coco Chanel used Ylang Ylang oil in Chanel No.5 perfume, which was introduced in Paris in 1923. But as familiar as the scent maybe, the pronunciation may elude many. So for the record, the correct pronunciation of the popular essential oil is EE-lang, EE-lang.

The delightful Ylang Ylang essential oil comes from the yellow, fragrant flower petals of the Canaga Tree, a large tropical tree that is native to the rainforests of the Indonesia and the Philippines. According to Herb Wisdom, production of the Ylang Ylang oil began in the Philippines in 1860 and today’s supply comes from cultivated trees.

Even with its widespread use in thousands of cosmetic products, the oil wasn’t well known until recently, writes Organic Facts. However, as more people recognized its value and delightful aroma, the oil became of favorite for aromatherapy because of its pleasing fragrance. The oil is recognized to fight depression and relax the body. It is used in help relieve anxiety and stress. It also has an uplifting effect on the mood and induces feelings of joy and hope.  Ylang Ylang oil blends particularly well with bergamot, grapefruit, lavender and sandalwood essential oils

But that’s not all of the benefits of Ylang Ylang oil. It’s also considered an aphrodisiac. With its calming effect and strong floral scent, it helps those looking for a natural stimulant to arouse the libido.

Other benefits of Ylang Ylang oil noted by Organic Facts include:

  • Lowers high blood pressure:  It’s an effective agent for treating hypertension
  • Aids healing of wounds: Essential oil of Ylang Ylang can help wounds from developing sepsis and tetanus by inhibiting microbial growth and disinfecting wounds. This property also protects wounds bacteria, viral, and fungal infections.
  • Health booster for nervous system: It strengthens the nervous system and repairs any damage it may have suffered. Furthermore, it also reduces stress on the nerves and protects them from developing a number of nervous disorders.

Ylang Ylang oil also helps balance excess oil production on the skin, which makes it good for combination skin. And the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Ylang Ylang oil help soothe skin irritations.

With so much going for it, it’s not surprising that Ylang Ylang oil is featured as one of BIOTONE’s essential oils available in ½ fluid ounce bottle. You’ll also find it in our BIOTONE Renewal Aromatherapy Massage Lotion.