10 Fabulous benefits of ylang ylang essential oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is probably best known for its beautiful, sweet, floral scent and it is often used in a diffuser as a way of freshening up a room. It is also said, though, that ylang ylang essential oil has powerful therapeutic properties and that it can calm the mind and help a person control their emotions. Although medical research into the effects of ylang ylang essential oil may not be as extensive as for some other essential oils, there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that, there are indeed, many things that ylang ylang oil can be used for and here are just ten of the fabulous benefits of ylang ylang essential oil.
1. Use it as an antiseptic
Ylang ylang essential oil has been used in Asia for centuries to treat minor wounds. It has strong antibacterial properties and, applied to wounds, along with a carrier oil, it will fight any infection and help the wound to heal. It is also believed to have the power to kill the bacteria that cause tetanus.
2. Combats depression
Ylang ylang essential oil is used widely in aromatherapy for its calming effect on the mind and it can be used to treat depression. Although it should never be used as a replacement for prescribed medication, used in a diffuser, it is said that the oil can ease both anxiety and depression.
3. Lowers blood pressure
A number of essential oils, including ylang ylang oil, have been proven to have the ability to lower the blood pressure of people who suffer from hypertension. In a 2012 study, which was published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers found that participants who inhaled the scent of essential oil showed a marked decrease in their blood pressure.
4. Reduces stress
The relaxing qualities of ylang ylang essential oil can also be used to reduce stress levels. According to a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2006, in tests involving 40 participants, the oil was found to greatly relax those who were feeling the symptoms of stress.
5. Use it as a treatment for acne
The antibacterial properties of ylang ylang essential oil mean that it can be used to treat acne very effectively. This is particularly good news for acne suffers with dry skin, because mixed with a scent free moisturiser it will fight the bacteria that cause acne, without drying out the skin.
6. It’s an aphrodisiac
People in South East Asia have long believed that ylang ylang essential is an aphrodisiac. It is even said the aphrodisiac properties of the oil are so powerful that it can reawaken passion and desire in people that have lost their libido because of stress or illness.
7. Use it as an anti-ageing skin toner
You can also make your own ylang ylang essential oil skin toner. Mix a cup of brewed chamomile tea with 5 drops of ylang ylang essential oil, allow it cool, and use it as you would any other skin toner. It has been used in Asia for centuries as a general skin care product and it is known that the antioxidants that are found in ylang ylang oil will help protect your skin from the onset of the signs of ageing.
8. Treats hair loss
People have reported that using ylang ylang essential oil as a hair treatment will promote the growth of hair and reduce hair loss. You can either add a few drops of the oil to your regular shampoo, or you can massage a mixture of ylang ylang essential oil and coconut oil into your hair and scalp, leave it in for 20 minutes and then, wash out with warm water and a mild shampoo.
9. It has anti-inflammatory properties
It is believed that ylang ylang essential oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a great treatment for boils. To treat a boil, soak a cloth in hot water and add a drop or two of ylang ylang oil and tea tree oil, and press down hard on the boil with the cloth. It will clean the boil and reduce the inflammation.
10. It has anti-fungal properties
Ylang ylang essential oil can also be used to treat fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. Mix a few drops of the oil in with a carrier oil or a simple lotion, and then massage into the feet and leave it on overnight. The oil will fight the fungal infection that causes athlete’s foot and clear up the problem.
Do you know other ylang ylang essential oil benefits and uses?