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July 5, 2010
In aromatherapy, ylang ylang essential oil is known as one of the most aromatic and relaxing essential oils. It is extracted by steam distillation from Cananga odorata, a large tree with beautiful yellow flowers with very long petals. Pleasant floral captivating scent of these flowers is used in perfumery and cosmetics. This tree is native to Indonesia and Malaysia, but now it is cultivated in Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries. Ylang ylang can be translated as something like “flower of flowers“.
Ylang ylang essential oil has a fresh sweet floral aroma, and in aromatherapy it is one of the key oils with excellent calming and relaxing effects. This oil can be blended with other high quality essential oils for effective use directed on calming down the effects of stresses, relieving the symptoms of depression, anxiety, shocks, anger and other types of psychological tension. Sedative and calming effects on the nervous system are among the principal benefits of ylang ylang, therefore it can be used for any type of nervous condition.
Besides, ylang ylang essential oil is known as an effective natural aphrodisiac, which can be used on a regular basis to treat such problems as infertility, frigidity and impotence without any unwanted side effects. Also, ylang ylang oil can help people who suffer from hypertension and rapid heartbeat. It can help to combat insomnia and can be a very effective remedy for hyper-activity in infants and children.
This oil can be effectively applied externally to treat such conditions as too dry and too oily skin, acne, wrinkles and so on. In addition, ylang ylang oil promotes hair growth, that is why it is frequently used as an ingredient or hair care products. Benefits of ylang ylang oil also include its antibacterial properties and the powers to help with intestinal infections. However, using this oil orally should only be recommended and controlled by a specialist in order to avoid unwanted side effects of using this herbal remedy.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.