For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!
Day 4: Ylang-Ylang
A common ingredient in perfume, Ylang-Ylang essential oil is known for its “heady” scent.
The tree on which it grows displays clusters of large star-shaped flowers. These flowers range from white to pink, and yellow to yellowish-green.
Ylang-Ylang is known as an aphrodisiac and once you smell it, you’ll know why. The fragrance is fresh, floral, sweet, exciting, exotic and even seductive.
Immediately after the flowers are gathered they are steam distilled to release the essential oil. This process can take up to several days.
Ylang-Ylang is sometimes to referred to as “a poor person’s Jasmine” and produces up to 6 different grades of its syrupy yellowish oil. Some experts say the yellow flowers produce the best oil.
Unlike carefully cultivated Ylang-Ylang, wild Ylang-Ylang doesn’t typically have a strong scent. It is cultivated in the Comoro Islands, Haiti, Java, Sumatra and Zanzibar.
Ylang-Ylang essential oil is most often recommended for sexual problems, especially lack of sexual desire. It is not actually physiologically a means to create a sexual response, it has a euphoric and heady scent that helps set a romantic mood. Add a few drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil and use as massage oil. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Ylang-Ylang has been used to treat depression. You can wear it as a perfume, add it to diffuser jewelry.
Ylang-Ylang is a little strong to be diffused into the air and inhaled for prolonged periods.
In skincare, Ylang-Ylang oil helps soften and smooth the skin, making it great for mature skin. It is said to counteract wrinkles because of its ability to relax facial muscles.
Don’t forget that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.