Ylang ylang literally means “flower of flowers.” The oil is steamed distilled from the flowers of the canaga odorata tree. Its yellow flowers are not impressive; it is the fragrance that makes it such a great tree to have. To maximize the oil yield, the flowers are picked early in the morning. The highest quality oil is drawn from the first distillation and is known as ylang ylang complete. The last distillation, known as the tail, is of inferior quality and is called “canaga.”
Ylang ylang is oftentimes associated with weddings and honeymoons. The flowers have been used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night.
These are just a few benefits of the oil:
- balances male-female energies
- enhances spiritual attunement
- combats anger and low self-esteem
- increases focus of thoughts
- filters out negative energy
- restores confidence and peace.
In aromatherapy, ylang ylang evokes feelings of deep, languid calm that melt away anxiety, tension, and stress.
The scent of Ylang Ylang, like jasmine and rose, has been considered an aphrodisiac. This may account for its popularity in the perfume blends. It is a component of many man’s fragrances, probably because its floral sweetness is so unlike rose, which is often used as a modifier in feminine perfumes.
Ylang ylang’s exotic, spicy aroma has also been widely used to attract members of the opposite sex. Because of its balancing effect on male-female energies, it is a perfect oil to use as a tonic for the bedroom or when you’re out on the prowl…okay, let me rephrase that: or when you want to feel particularly attractive.
When blending with other oils or on its own, Ylang Ylang tends to predominate, so it should be used in small amounts. It can easily overpower less exuberant scents. When creating essential oil blends, start with amounts that seem too small. Let the blend age for several days before evaluating the aroma, so the power and radiance of ylang ylang can expand through the blend and reach its ultimate presence.
Traditionally, it has been used in hair formulas to promote thick, shiny, lustrous hair.
Ylang ylang is also great for the face. It benefits all skin types, dry, normal, or wrinkled; and is especially helpful for oily skin. It controls acne and blemishes, softens and smoothes skin and stimulates new cell growth. It can ward off wrinkles and premature aging as it relaxes facial muscles and releases facial tension.
Apply 2-4 drops on VitaFlex points, inhale directly, or diffuse. Add 2-3 drops to your favorite toner and apply on face and neck at bedtime.
Therapeutic-grade Ylang Ylang can be applied neat and it can also be taken as a dietary supplement.
Some research indicates that it can regulate heartbeat. Cautuion: Use sparingly if you have low blood pressure.