Ylang ylang oil is an exotic essential oil that has a strong reputation in aromatherapy for its unique aroma not found in any other oil.
This essential oil is extracted from the canaga tree, native to the Southeast Asian region – particularly abundant in Indonesia. Ylang ylang is a yellow, star-shaped flower that has a rich fruity scent.
Ylang ylang oil is a favourite in massage parlours for its incredibly therapeutic aroma. When inhaled directly or added into an essential oil diffuser, ylang ylang oil produces an aroma that alleviates anxiety, helps with insomnia, improves mood and self-esteem. It is a natural aphrodisiac, helping to improve sexual performance.
Components of ylang ylang oil have been shown to directly relax the central nervous system. This effect on the body is what allows ylang ylang to promote stress relief and lower cortisol levels.
In order to make use of ylang ylang oil on the skin, this essential oil must first be diluted with a carrier oil of your choosing, such as jojoba and coconut oil. Once diluted, the ylang ylang extract can be used as a massage oil, and even as a skincare treatment.
When used for skincare, ylang ylang oil provides smoothing and hydrating properties to promote a more youthful, glowing appearance.
Ylang ylang oil contains powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help with clearing skin break out. This essential oil eliminates microorganisms that play a huge role in contaminating pores and subsequently causing skin break out.
In the world of skincare, hydration is key. The moisturising properties of ylang ylang oil help to give your skin a more supple texture to the touch, while also helping your skin retain as much moisture as possible improving elasticity, resilience, and preventing the onset of wrinkles and fine lines.
Ylang ylang oil is one of the most diverse aromatherapy and massage oils. Mix a few drops into your bath, inhale directly, or add to an essential oil diffuser, and you’ll be well on your way to a better sleep, reduced anxiety and depression, and an overall elevated mood.