Ylang ylang essential oil has incredible benefits. It can help with depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and so much more. Plus it’s so calming and relaxing!
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Properties
Botanical name: Cananga odorata
Color: light yellow.
Smell: It’s sweet, floral and a little spicy.
Compounds: Ylang ylang flowers are used to make the oil, but they are very delicate. So extracting the oil must be staged. Staging produces different oils. For instance, oil from the first stage has very light, volatile compounds, whereas the other stages give heavier, larger compounds.
For the most part, you’ll find varying amounts of linalool, benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, p-cresyl methyl ether, and beta-caryophyllene.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Benefits
Improving self-esteem, stress, and depression; reducing blood pressure; killing bacteria, fungi, and insects are the main benefits of this oil.
Isn’t the oil great? Here are the studies that prove these benefits!
Ylang ylang essential oil has relaxing and sedative-like benefits. And there are lots of studies that prove it.
This one from 2018 found the oil reduced stress, systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hospitalized heart patients. Another from 2008 proved the oil can help reduce anxiety, nervousness, and tension. That’s awesome!
It improves self-esteem
Could you believe an oil can help with self-esteem?! I didn’t! I was definitely skeptical. But this 2014 study is an interesting read.
It’s a small study with 34 nurses that had to inhale and/or apply ylang ylang to their skin. All who used the oil had greater self-esteem. The ones who inhaled AND applied it to their skin showed the most improvement.
Interesting results, right? So if you’re looking for a good confidence boost, try some ylang ylang essential oil!
It relieves depression
Aromatherapists will tell you ylang ylang is a great antidepressant. You can use it when you are depressed, frustrated, fearful, grieving, or simply having a bad day.
The essential oil has shown free radical scavenging and anti-cancer benefits. In fact, a 2005 study compared the antioxidant activity of 11 oils. It found ylang ylang was the most effective of the oils tested. Rosemary and lemongrass had good antioxidant benefits too.
It is antibacterial
Ylang ylang oil is very effective against bacteria including drug-resistant bacteria like Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
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’s awesome!
It is insecticidal
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 levels of the essential oil gave 98% repellent protection for an hour. But the clear lotion only gave 75% protection for 3 minutes. Just THREE! That’s just ridiculous!
Ylang Ylang Oil Uses
You can add a few drops of ylang ylang essential oil to a tissue or your diffuser. It’s so floral, calming, and could boost your self-esteem!
Blend it with other floral oils like jasmine, lavender, geranium, and rose. Try it with resin oils too, especially frankincense! I love it with frankincense. Blended together, there is such a pleasing depth to the smell.
You can use ylang ylang oil on your skin too, but patch test. There are reports that the oil can cause some skin sensitivity, so it’s important not to skip patch testing.
Try mixing 3 drops of ylang ylang, 3 drops of lavender and one tablespoon of sunflower or safflower oil. Use this blend whenever you feel anxious, nervous or stressed. I’ve applied it to my chest just before bed. The smell just sends me to dreamland, calm, relaxed and happy. Heh!
I have to give this disclaimer all the time. Essential oils are not to be messed with. They are powerful! And they can burn your skin. So always talk to your doctor before using the oil especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or using special medication. And don’t forget to patch test!
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