Top 10 Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Uses

Ylang Ylang is a pale yellow colored flower that is characterized by a clump of long and slender hanging petals. It’s generally found in parts of Asia, though much of the plant grown for use in distillation and essential oil procurement is grown in Madagascar. Ylang ylang essential oil uses are numerous, and it’s one of the most commonly used plant oils today.

Today, most plant oils that make their way into products do so because of their fragrance and ylang ylang is no exception. However, aside from fragrance, other modern day essential oils uses include serving as food additives, for the handful that are safe and useful in this application. Ylang ylang enjoys a reputation as a popular food additive and the flavorful oil is commonly found in types of bubble gum.

Though still used quite a bit today, historical ylang ylang essential oil uses were quite broader, encompassing a wide range of both mental and physiological healing applications. Some, such as use of the oil in general aromatherapy, are still utilized by some people today, while other ylang ylang essential oil uses remain relatively unknown. Ten of those uses follow, combining modern day alternative healing practices with historical perspective on the many uses of the plant’s potent and still valuable oil.

1. Depression: No doubt the most well known health related use of ylang ylang both today and for the past few hundred years relates to its ability to help relieve some of the symptoms of depression. Inhalation of the plant’s aroma is thought to positively impact the endocrine system, but more study will be needed to determine if this effect is what makes it useful in combating depression symptoms. Regardless, use in depression remains one of the most well known ylang ylang essential oil uses.

2. Relaxation and Calm: One study conducted recently where the oil was applied to the skin found that participants were more relaxed and calm as a result. The study suggests that these findings may support the use of the oil in aromatherapy to promote stress relief and relaxation.

3. Anger: Can you cure anger? Probably not; but, many in the alternative healing community note that reducing feelings of anger is possible with ylang ylang when a single drop is put into the palms of the hands and then held near the face for inhalation. Since ylang ylang essential oil uses are thought to include stress relief and relaxation, these effects positively impacting anger levels is not too farfetched.

4. Blood Pressure: Ylang ylang oil was included in a blend that was recently used in a study to observe the effects of essential oils on blood pressure levels. The small but well controlled study found that inhalation of essential oils did positively impact blood pressure levels in most of the non placebo test subjects. This finding may further support use of the oil in times of stress or anger (when the blood pressure may spike).

5. Diabetes: It’s been suggested that ylang ylang may impact the body’s endocrine system, which is likely why its use has gravitated over into diabetes related applications. Though these ylang ylang essential oil uses are anecdotal at best, some believe that massaging the oil into either the appropriate foot reflex points or near the pancreas, may help balance insulin levels.

6. Hair Loss: There is no product found neither in nature nor on a store shelf that will quickly and noticeably produce rapid hair growth. However, ylang ylang is believed to be a well known hair tonic, that when combined with coconut oil and massaged into the scalp may promote healthier and more abundant hair growth.

7. Hormonal Imbalance: An imbalance of hormones may lie at the root of many psychological and physiological problems, and though just how it works is not yet understood, ylang ylang essential oil uses have long been thought to include hormone regulation. This suggests that using the oil in aromatherapy or applying a single drop topically may help with varying conditions of the mind and body related to hormone imbalances.

8. Insomnia: Many essential oils are used in helping bring about a good night’s sleep, and ylang ylang is one of the best. What’s unusual about using the oil for promoting fast and quality sleep is not how it works but how it’s used. Many choose diffusion or aromatherapy for this application, but with ylang ylang preferred methods for inducing sleep are topical application of a drop or two to the back of the neck or the soles of the feet.

9. Aphrodisiac: Another of perhaps the oldest known ylang ylang essential oil uses is in stimulating the mind and body to prepare them for intimacy. As a result, aromatherapy use of the oil has been suggested for both enhancing romance as well as boosting a slumping libido, too.

10. Some Heart Problems: Many in the alternative and holistic healing communities note that ylang ylang has a powerful effect on the heart center of the body; however it’s possible that it may help the specific blood pumping organ itself too. Already noted for lowering blood pressure, the oil may help both arrhythmia and heart palpitations when a single drop is applied topically and massaged over the heart area.

Ylang ylang’s purported effects on the hormones of the body make it a popular inclusion in women’s blends, but it’s oldest known uses are celebrated in focus and calming related blends as well.