Ylang Ylang pronounced “ee-lang ee-lang” gets its name from repeating the Tagalog word “ilang” meaning wilderness where it grows on its own or is cultivated in the tropical rainforests of its native Indonesia, The Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Comoro, Polynesia and Madagascar.
The flower petals of the large, tropical Cananga odorata tree a.k.a Fragrant Cananga, The Perfume Tree and The Macassar Oil Plant are famous for their lovely scenting flowers and the powerfully medicinal essential oil with a sweet floral scent obtained from them via steam distillation.
A very interesting essential oil, with its 14-16 hour distillation process producing 5 variants with differences in composition and aroma of the final products being different from the norm.
Its distillation is a 14-16-hour long process during which less and less oil is extracted and produces 5 classifications of Ylang Ylang Essential oil with varying potency, scent profile, uses, benefits etc. all of which determine which variant is best suited what as well as its eventual price.
Ylang Ylang Complete Essential oil is obtained from the complete, uninterrupted distillation for 6-20 hours, that retains all the plant’s characteristic, rich, sweet, floral yet lighter scent to give a more elaborate, broad spectrum, high quality oil.
Extra with the strongest notes is collected first and preferred for use in perfumery, while still being well suited for aromatherapy as well. Up next are I, II & III with their scent, potency for therapeutic benefits and price decreasing the longer they are distilled ergo I will be strongest and III the mildest, these variants are the most easily obtainable on the market.
It has a stimulating, energizing yet calming, warming effect and its therapeutic benefits include: Anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, decongestant, hepatoprotective, anti-bacterial, neuro-protective, analgesic, anxiolytic, sedative, anti-spasmodic, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, disinfectant, anti-fungal, anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, diuretic, aphrodisiac, insecticidal and antimicrobial.
Directions for use
Ylang ylang can be mixed with a carrier oil, and used for dry skin care and for massage. It can also be rubbed on the scalp to promote oil production and reduce dryness. Since ylang ylang is irritating for some people, always do a patch test first and wait 24 hours before using. Always dilute it.
Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil
- Helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and DNA damage to preserve its integrity and prevent signs of aging, irritation and development of Melanoma which gives the skin a healthy, youthful, glow with a clear, even complexion.
- A great natural treatment for Eczema, particularly Seborrhoea aka Seborrhic Eczema; usually caused by dysfunctional or malfunctioning sebaceous glands resulting in an infection. Ylang Ylang Essential oils helps regularize sebum production, treats the epidermal infection and soothes inflammation. It is thus also beneficial in treating acne and other skin irritations or diseases.
- A great anti-aging oil for all skin types as it helps maintain blood circulation to keep the skin soft, supple and hydrated at all ages.
- With its potent antiseptic activity, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil helps protect wounds from infection and possible sepsis by disinfecting it to inhibit microbial growth from bacteria, virus and fungi.
- It is also a great first aid to prevent tetanus when those injuries are from rusted iron, an anti-tetanus shot is still mandatory.
- Helps restore tissues and cells that have been damaged from injury to speed up the healing process, soothe the inevitable pain and is a great treatment for other issues like acne, ingrown hairs, boils and rashes.
- Helps balance sebum production, preventing excess oil levels in the skin to maintain oil balance and moisture, keeping it hydrated, smooth and youthful. Great for all skin types, especially combination and oily.
- Rich in antioxidants which help repair proteins and lipids, Ylang Ylang Essential oil also combats the free radicals responsible for visible signs of aging e.g. dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles etc.
- Add to a complemetary carrier oil base and use as a daily moisturizer to refresh and rejuvenate dead skin cells, diminish the appearance of blemishes and prevent irritation for smoother, brighter, glowing skin.
- Its antimicrobial properties help clean and unclog the scalp, just dilute in a base oil and massage in.
- Helps reduce oxidative stress and cellular aging on the scalp due to its antioxidant activity.
- By controlling sebum production in the scalp, Ylang Ylang EO helps keeps it adequately moisturized which prevents and treats dryness and dandruff.
- Dilute in a base and massage into scalp to help promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles, boosting blood circulation to the scalp, combating the germs and reducing scalp inflammation that contribute to hair loss or baldness (alopecia) and aid regrowth.
- Regular use as part of a hot oil treatment to condition the hair can also help prevent hair loss due to stress, nourish and hydrate the scalp and hair, detangle, prevent split ends and treat lice to keep the hair shining with health.