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Ylang Ylang is a potent essential oil with a plethora of healing benefits for the skin and one’s well being. There’s an abundance of research supporting the healing benefits of Ylang-Ylang, which is only a small factor contributing to its booming popularity. In this article we’ll explore what Ylang-Ylang actually is, where it comes from and all of it’s healing benefits and uses.
Let’s get started!
The Backstory of Ylang Ylang
With a name like Ylang ylang, it’s hard to jump over the history of the oil, where it comes from and where it gets its name from. Ylang Ylang, also known as Cananga odorata, is an oil extracted from the flowers of the large tropical tree known as a Cananga tree. The Cananga tree is also known as the ‘perfume tree’ because of its pleasant aroma. It is native to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the islands of the Indian Ocean.
Through the distillation process one can retrieve Ylang Ylang at different grades starting from Extra, then 1-3 and finally, to a Complete grade. Extra grade is usually the most expensive grade because it contains the finest notes from the Cananga tree flowers, after it’s been distilled for only 1-2 hours. And the complete grade is Ylang Ylang at its purest grade.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Benefits for the Skin
Now onto the skin care benefits!
Ylang Ylang is one of those essential oils that are great for those with oily skin types. Even though it is an oil itself, it works at balancing out excess oil production. And because it’s great at regulating the skin’s sebum production, it’s frequently used in natural toners.
Ylang Ylang oil is both antiseptic and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this it is also frequently used to treat acne, breakouts, wounds, eczema and other skin irritations. It also has anti-aging properties and preserves the health and youthfulness of the skin. It even works at rejuvenating skin that looks like it could use some assistance. It does this by boosting skin cell rejuvenation for healthier looking skin all over the body.
Now it kind of seems obvious why Vonetta Cosmetics has included Ylang Ylang in their Pigment Relief Cleansing Gel, alongside Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, Pink Grapefruit and many more healing essential oils for skin that will glow. Say goodbye to the days of dark spots and skin discoloration!
Additional benefits of Ylang Ylang Oil
Though Ylang Ylang oil has incredible benefits when it comes to skin care, it also has unbelievable benefits when it comes to one’s overall health.
As we mentioned, Ylang Ylang has anti-inflammatory properties. This isn’t just for your skin but for your whole body. Ylang Ylang scored as one of the highest ranking oils with anti-inflammatory compounds.
Surprisingly enough, these anti-inflammatory properties help soothe anxiety and stress when diffused through a steamer. You can also apply the oil directly onto your skin (With a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil of course) to reap its soothing benefits. So next time your partner offers to give you a massage, make sure they add a few drops of Ylang Ylang into that mixture!
It has been said to decrease blood pressure, and aid in heart health by increasing blood circulation.
It is also used to treat depression and increase energy, because as many of us know, the two are severely related. When we feel depressed we feel lethargic and weak, when we feel good, we feel energetic and empowered. Treat yourself to a Ylang Ylang bottle, and keep it on your desk as a coffee replacement. Your body will thank you for it!
And lastly, Ylang Ylang is great for treating dandruff and bringing lackluster hair back to life. It conditions the hair, and can even increase hair volume due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Don’t you already feel a little bit better and brighter just from reading about Ylang Ylang? It’s really that good!
Ylang Ylang is a powerful oil with multiple health and beauty benefits.
You can use Ylang Ylang to treat acne, eczema, wounds and to treat oily skin and control sebum production. It can be used to relieve stress, anxiety and depression and can also be used to boost one’s energy. When inhaling this incredible oil, try not to over do it (we know it’s tempting!) Inhaling too much, too frequently can lead to nausea.
The best Ylang Ylang oil on the market is the complete grade, because it’s at its purest form.
Are you considering buying Ylang Ylang, or using a product which utilizes this incredible oil? Share your thoughts, ingredients and experiences with us, we’d love to hear from you!