Although recently rising in popularity, chances are you may not have heard of the essential oil of ylang-ylang. Ylang-ylang essential oil is amazingly effective in relaxing, reviving, calming and bestowing a feeling of rejuvenation. At Lica Cole, we use this oil in some of our products as it blends well with bergamot, lavender, and sandalwood, some for our favorite essential oils. We also love it for its reputation for healing various skin and hair issues as well as healing on an emotional or spiritual level.
Ylang-ylang comes from the flowers of a ylang-ylang tree, commonly found in the rain forests of certain Asian and South Pacific Islands, like Philippines, Polynesia, and Indonesia. It is extracted by steam distillation which is when the plant material is placed in boiling water and the steam fused with the oils of the plant are separated.
The smell of ylang-ylang is quite powerful and slightly floral. It is used in a number of women’s fragrances and products as well as aromatherapy treatments due to this unique and pleasant aroma.Health Benefits
Ylang ylang oil is said to work with the cardiovascular, endocrine, and hormonal systems. It is also a very effective agent for lowering blood pressure. Without the side effects that blood pressure medicine is usually accompanied with, ylang-ylang can be an easy and natural solution.
This oil also provides relief from anxiety, as well as sedates and calms other nervous afflictions, like stress and anger. With stress levels reduces, this essential oils can strengthen the nervous system and repairs any damage it may have suffered.
Those suffering from diabetes can find some relief by massaging the oil over the pancreas or on the feet reflex points. This can revive the glucose balance and ease symptoms.
For those needing to spice up their sex life from low libido or professional stress, ylang-ylang works as a natural aphrodisiac and can help you find your sex drive again.
Applying ylang-ylang to the face will improve circulation and reduce the appearance of blemishes. For an anti-aging toner, add five drops to chamomile tea, allow it to cool and apply to your skin.
This oil can also be used to boost hair strength and growth. To achieve these benefits, add two to three drops to your regular shampoo or two to three drops into coconut oil. Massage it into your hair and scalp and leave in for 20 minutes before rinsing with water and a mild shampoo.
As one of the most popular oils used by spiritual healers, ylang-ylang is beneficial in releasing anger and eliminating negative feelings. It is said to help connect us to our heart while healing emotional traumas and connecting us with our sense of joy. This can allow you to release bottled up emotions and move on from traumas that have stunted or affected your life negatively.
I’m sure you can tell by now why we love ylang-ylang so much. You can find this essential oil in our Ayurvedic Smoothing Silk, one of our new moisturizing serums from The Good Vibe collection. Find this and all our other essential oil infused products at www.LicaCole.com.
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