Ylang Ylang (Yi Lan Yi Lan)
Botanical Name: Cananga odorata
Ylang ylang is an essential oil extracted from the flowers of the Cananga tree native to the forests of Indonesia and the Philippines. The oil has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure, reduce tension, and increase attentiveness. A few drops on your wrist or neck can help boost confidence before critical meetings or encounters. Used internally it can help counter malaria and reduce fevers.
Below is an overview of Ylang Ylang (Yi Lan Yi Lan), combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Ylang Ylang (Yi Lan Yi Lan).
Western Name: Ylang ylang (translates as “Flowers of Flowers”)
Also Known As: N/A
Organs/Systems: Nerves, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Reproductive, Skin
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Aromatic, Antispasmodic, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Sedative, Relaxant, Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Anti-aging, Febrifuge. Calms, regulates heart rhythms, anxiety, stress, hypertension, weak circulation, lifts libido in men and women, menstrual cramps, prevents signs of aging, acne, bruises, wrinkles, depression, mood swings, helps lower fevers, malaria.
Pin Yin: Yi Lan Yi Lan
Also Known As: N/A
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Supports Heart Qi/Calms Shen: irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, depression, restlessness, poor circulation. Relieves Inflammation: joint pain, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches. Supports Skin/Heals Bruises: anti-aging, acne, sores, bruises.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Essential oil distilled from the Flowers
Flavors/Temps: Aroma – Sweet, Flora, Slightly Warming
Caution: Do not use undiluted in the eyes or mucus membranes.
History/Folklore: Ylang ylang helps balance hormones, PMS, and general mood swings. It can also help ease the symptoms of depression. It is excellent for opening up a person’s ability to face life helping them feel ready to live to the fullest. It is considered one of the most effective essential oils for promoting heart health, helping to regulate heartbeat and lower blood pressure. It is also excellent for treating a wide variety of skin ailments from acne to the signs of aging.
Ylang ylang oil is extracted from flowers using a water or water and steam distillation method. You want to be sure to purchase oils that indicate they are “complete.” This means the oil was obtained via an uninterrupted distillation process. Products described as ylang ylang extra, I, II, or III are called fractions and contain less constituents and will not be as effective as full strength or oil obtained through the uninterrupted distillation process.
Adding ylang ylang to your bathwater is an excellent method for enjoying the oils scent and reducing your stress, anxiety, and lowering your blood pressure. Rubbed across your chest the oil can help regulate your heartbeat and lower blood pressure. Even inhaling the scent directly from the bottle for 5-10 deep breaths can help lower blood pressure.
Mixed 50/50 with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, macassar oil, or olive oil) you can rub the oil on your ankles and legs to improve circulation. Rubbed anywhere you are experiencing inflammation of the joints will help ease pain and inflammation. You can also add a 1-2 drops of the oil to an 8 oz glass of water and sip the beverage to help support circulation. Always be sure to use 100% pure therapeutic-grade ylang ylang before taking the oil internally.
Applying 50/50 ylang ylang with carrier oil to your throat and chest can help boost your immune system. Rubbed over the abdomen the mixture can help support intestinal health. Rubbed over the liver and gallbladder areas can help stimulate the release of digestive juices.
For centuries ylang ylang oil has been used as a natural hair thickener to prevent balding and thinning hair.
Oriental medicine practitioners have been exploring the use of essential oils on acupuncture points to facilitate healing and increase the efficacy of treatments focused on anxiety, depression, insomnia, and heart health that ylang ylang is already know to help with.
Ylang ylang flowers are commonly used to decorate the beds of newlyweds as an aphrodisiac to energize and relax them.
Ylang ylang was an ingredient in the famous Channel No. 5 perfume. It is commonly added to perfumes, cosmetics, household cleansers, soaps, and hair products.
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) and cananga (Cananga odorata forma macrophylla) are of the same genus and species, but are different varieties.
Ylang ylang is used in foods and beverages as a flavoring agent and preservative. In Madagascar, ice cream is flavored with ylang ylang essential oil.
Methyl benzoate (34%), 4-methylanisole (19%), Benzyl benzoate (18%), Isocaryophyllene, Germarcrene D, Alpha-farnesene, Linalyl acetate, Alpha-caryophyllene, Copaene, Cadinene.
Production of ylang ylang oil began in the Philippines some time around the 1860s. Today it is derived from cultivated trees.
Be Sure to Use “Complete” or 100% Ylang Ylang
Ylang ylang products described as “complete” mean that the oil was obtained via an uninterrupted distillation process. This process makes available the full range of healing constituents and has not been adulterated or diluted with other substances reducing the amount of actual ylang ylang in the product.
New techniques used to discern the constituents of essential oils have determined that ylang ylang contains 161 individual compounds, 75 more than was previously thought to be the case!
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