Winter blues leaving you stressed or tired? Let me introduce you to your new favourite all-natural doctor. Ylang-ylang oil is extracted from the ylang-ylang tree, found in Asian and South Pacific rain forests in areas such as Indonesia, Sumatra, and Polynesia. Not only does it smell absolutely divine (it’s actually a key ingredient in Chanel No. 5), ylang-ylang is known to balance out your skin’s moisture and oil levels to keep your skin looking hydrated, youthful, and glowing. Along with its beauty benefits, ylang-ylang is also credited for the following health benefits:
1. Fights Depression
Ylang-ylang has been used for centuries as a natural antidepressant. This popular essential oil has calming and uplifting effects, and reduces anxiety, sadness, fear, and stress.
2. De-Stress & Fall Asleep
For the insomniacs out there, ylang-ylang is a staple product for your nightstand! This oil calms nerves, reduces anxiety, and stimulates relaxation. To ditch counting sheep and get some quality shut-eye, take a big whiff of ylang-ylang oil before going to sleep, leave a jar on your bedside table, or use a pillow spray.
3. Reduces Blood Pressure
Due to its calming nature, ylang-ylang oil is extremely effective for lowering blood pressure. This oil can also improve blood circulation throughout your body and relieve nervous tension. To lower blood pressure, try diffusing this oil by your side throughout the day, and by your bed at night.
4. Kills Bacteria
For my fellow klutzes out there, get off your scraped knees and find yourself a bottle of ylang-ylang oil! This oil inhibits microbial growth and disinfects wounds like cuts, scratches, and burns. It also speeds up the healing process, meaning you can go back to wearing your skirts and shorts in no time.5. Boosts Romance
To rekindle some romance in your life, consider diffusing the ylang-ylang scent throughout your living space (one way is through a candle!). Ylang-ylang means “flower of flowers” due to its sweet, sensual floral scent. This aroma can be beneficial for couples who need a romantic pick-me-up. You can thank us later. ;)
6. Regulates Sebum Production
Along with helping all skin types maintain their youthful glow, ylang-ylang is especially great for those who have Seborrhoeic Eczema, a skin condition that results in irregular sebum production on the scalp, cheeks, and eyebrow areas. Apply ylang-ylang to fight any inflammation, soothe skin irritation and redness, and regulate sebum production.
Believe it or not, ylang ylang is also great for hair growth! You can take a look at this blog post for a low down on the science.
Try the above tips and let us know how they work for you!
If you want to learn more about essential oils, take a look at Essential Oils 101: Everything you Need to Know.