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Ylang ylang essential oil
Ylang Ylang essential oil is a very precious medicinal product. It has many properties and acts particularly well on the psyche, giving well-being, euphoria and sensuality.
The essential oil of Ylang Ylang is obtained by the technique of distillation from a flowering plant called "Cananga odorata", which belongs to the Anonaceae family. The flower is of oriental origin, widespread in Indonesia, its ideal habitat is the rainforest, to live it needs a lot of water and sun. The plant can reach up to 10 meters in height and is characterized by having thin, long leaves with a wavy shape and a glossy green color. The flowers have elongated petals and are yellow in color, giving off a very intense aroma even at a great distance. The collection of the inflorescences can be done at any time of the year, but always in the morning, when the flowers are still closed. The flowers must be worked within a few hours, still fresh, because they are highly perishable. Unlike many essential oils that of Ylang Ylang is obtained exclusively from the fresh drug, the extraction process is, as always, the distillation through a stream of water vapor, however, given the nature of the raw material, there are different qualities of distillate. The most precious essential oil is that obtained in the first hour of processing, it is called "extra" and is used almost exclusively to make perfumes. There are also levels I II and III, in fact once a distillation has been made with the same drug the operation can be repeated twice more, not surprisingly the Ylang Ylang is also called "jasmine of the poor". The flower has always been synonymous with sensuality and refinement, especially for its aphrodisiac properties in Indonesia and the Philippines it is often given to spouses and placed on the nuptial bed. Another name of the Ylang Ylang is "flower of the flowers".
Several studies and research have shown that the essential oil of Ylang Ylang has calming and relaxing properties on the nervous system. The perfume would, in fact, be able to stimulate the olfactory receptors of the brain producing a positive effect and a state of general well-being, also giving comfort in cases of mild depression and anxiety. This essence is also known for its anti-aging properties, because it moisturizes and nourishes the skin in depth, making it appear relaxed and less tired.
On the skin it also has tonic, astringent and balancing properties. Helps reduce enlarged pores and acts on excessive sebum production by regularizing it. Thanks to its active ingredients it also helps to regenerate and nourish the tissues and hair, also carrying out a healing and purifying action.
Ylang Ylang has hypotensive properties, helps to regulate blood pressure and is particularly indicated for those anxious subjects suffering from tachycardia.
Its aphrodisiac properties have always been known, in particular those related to the male sexual sphere. It also has mild antiseptic properties.
This essential oil is mainly used in the cosmetic industry and for the production of perfumes, given its very spicy and intense aroma. It has various uses both for the body and for the home. Being very intense, the perfume can replace deodorants for synthetic environments. Just put a few drops in a humidifier or a room diffuser. Sprayed in air or on fabrics it helps to disinfect and purify. In hot water a few drops of Ylang Ylang oil help to relax and concentrate, while in beauty creams 2-3 drops of this product help to counteract the first signs of age, spreading expression lines. During the summer, if applied to the hair and mixed with a light oil, Ylang Ylang helps protect against dehydration and sun rays. Mixed with calendula oil, it can be massaged all over the body to reactivate the lymphatic system and drain excess fluids. Used in the shampoo, it helps to strengthen the hair bulbs and slow down hair loss. It is used with remarkable blessings even in aromatherapy, because the perfume acts positively on the mind, especially if you suffer from insomnia.
Ylang ylang essential oil: Warnings
The essential oil of Ylang Ylang has several contraindications. It can only be used in small doses, usually those indicated on the package and almost exclusively for external use. For internal use it should be administered only rarely in case of hypertension, but never more than one drop at a time, better if diluted in water or in a spoon of honey. In particularly sensitive individuals it may cause nausea and vomiting due to its very intense odor. It should never be used pure on the skin, but diluted in creams, ointments or in vegetable oils. We must also pay close attention to the purity of the product, often when the price is too competitive, the essential oil is diluted with other vegetable or synthetic substances. Better to read the label of the ingredients carefully and buy the product in dark glass vials, so as to ensure proper storage and preserve the qualities of the product for a long time. It must then be kept away from children and heat sources.