Ylang ylang…so good they named it twice!
Sensual and exotic ylang ylang is renowned for its aphrodisiac properties and is often used in the name of love! Ylang Ylang is also known as “flower of flowers” or the “perfume tree”. In Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights!
The most important aspect of “the flower of flowers” is how it brings things back to centre and achieves equilibrium. This has many applications not only as a calming mechanism to stress, but for skincare and hormonal imbalance. Deliciously seductive the beautiful flower from Madagascar is a quintessentially vital oil in every aromatherapist’s box.
Its aroma is exquisitely feminine, bringing to mind the exotic leis of flowers decorating the beautiful Polynesian women. Smiling, mellow, inviting, these are completely the medicines of ylang ylang.
The balancing action of ylang ylang is beautiful when used to influence the hormones. Whether it is to bring periods into a more regular cycle, to fortify fertility or to balance pubescent skins, ylang ylang is an incredibly valuable oil.
Ylang-ylang has a long history of use in skin and hair care products and is widely used in oriental and floral perfumes. In fact, ylang ylang oil is one of the key ingredients used in the legendary perfume Chanel No. 5!
Ylang-ylang oil is extracted from the freshly picked flowers by steam distillation.
Ylang-ylang oil has a euphoric, relaxing and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, insomnia, fatigue, low self-esteem, depression, stress, shock, fear and panic while the aphrodisiac properties is useful for impotence and frigidity.
It is particularly useful with rapid breathing and heartbeat. As a natural high blood pressure remedy, ylang ylang is considered one of the most helpful essential oils for controlling high blood pressure.
It has a wonderfully balancing and soothing effect on the skin, helps regulate the production of sebum and is also used to stimulate hair growth.