Ylang Ylang is one of my favorite oils. It is the fourth oil in Serenity blend. While somewhat challenging to detect in the blend, on its own Ylang Ylang is an oil that I would call a personal narcotic. Holy moly, this one is heady and could easily take me to Fiji in a heartbeat - not that I’ve been there! Said to balance the pituitary gland, this one is a heavy hitting emotional oil as well.
This Cananga odorata oil is actually a tree oil, whereas the other oils in Serenity thus far have been herbs. Native to the Philippines and Indonesia, Ylang Ylang also grows in several islands of the South Pacific. (No wonder I was thinking Fiji!)
The word Ylang Ylang is said to have roots in Tagalog, either meaning “wilderness” or “rare”. Our oil comes through a steam distillation of the actual flowers. Ironically this oil is the inspiration for several perfumes, one of which is noted to be Chanel No. 5. When women wear perfumes, much of the intention is to make them smell pleasing, thereby increasing personal confidence in their communication and interaction with others. It is no small wonder then, that Ylang Ylang is listed as a highly potent emotional oil in our Modern Essentials book, and as an oil supportive of the heart in Emotions & Essential Oils. Both physically and emotionally, this is one of the first oils I think of when my heart finds itself in any kind of distress.
Additionally, in researching this oil, I find several indications that this one supports sexual dysfunction. It is said to affect frigidity, sex drive problems, hormone systems, influencing sexual energy and enhances relationships. While you rarely see talk of this one on the Facebook boards, keep in mind that if you’re looking for solutions in this arena, Ylang Ylang could be a swift answer.
A few more surprising uses? Ylang Ylang is noted to ease belly aches, sooth insect bites, is (another) antispasmodic (much like Marjoram and R. Chamomile), promotes thick, shiny hair growth, eases mental fatigue, and the biggest surprise: it is said to disinfect wounds and even prevent tetanus. (Wonder how using this would go over in lieu of those tetanus boosters?)
This one can be used Internally, Topically, and Aromatically. Definitely a great one to add to homemade deodorants, soaps, lotions, body washes, pendants, diffusers, and keep handy in the handbags. Men, want to surprise your special lady with some new perfume? A few drops of this in a mini mister bottle with water and she will always be prepared on the go.
Do you use Ylang Ylang? Let us know your favorite uses, and if you can detect it in Serenity!
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed.
Emotions & Essential Oils, 2nd Ed.
Using Essential Oils, A Beginner’s Guide
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