Ylang Ylang oil, pronounced ‘ee-lang ee-lang’, is extracted from the tropical flower of ylang trees found mainly in Asia, in countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia. It has both medicinal and beauty benefits, and it’s a popular ingredient in home remedies in many Asian cultures.
But not only is it useful and applicable, it also has a beautiful scent – Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers”, due to its sweet, floral scent! In fact, the famous Chanel No. 5 uses it in their perfume!
The scientific name for Ylang Ylang is Cananga Odorata, and as with many natural oils, Ylang Ylang has a plethora of benefits. That’s why we’ve included Ylang Ylang in our Microstem Hair Thickening Mask. You can find it in various beauty and health products, and we want you to understand why we, and a lot of others, love Ylang Ylang oil.
1. Good For Your Heart Health
There are a few essential oils which can support your heart health well, and Ylang Ylang is one of the best. It’s well known for encouraging blood flow and fighting inflammation, which keeps the blood moving around the body. A good circulatory system benefits the whole body, not just the heart. If blood isn’t pumping around, it can’t reach organs and glands, which can affect everything - your liver, your feet, your hair - anything.
Blood pressure and irregular heartbeats (heart arrhythmia) can also be improved by using this essential oil. High blood pressure can be dangerous, leading to heart attacks or heart failures, as well as putting you at risk of kidney disease or stroke. You can apply Ylang Ylang topically to the area over the heart, or ingest it as a supplement.
2. Betters Your Mood
Ylang Ylang, along with other essential oils, is said to be a stress reliever. It’s used in diffusers, for the pleasant smell, but also for its calming effects. Inhaling Ylang Ylang can have a quick and effective impact on your mood because it’s able to directly reach the olfactory system of the brain (the part that forms the sense of smell). Studies show that Ylang Ylang can relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, and anger, and is said to act as an effective tool in relieving depression in humans [i].
This oil also has the power to reduce hypertension, due to its sedative effects. Many people like to use the oil just before bed, for a better night’s sleep – for those who suffer from insomnia, it’s a good natural alternative to drugs. With a cotton pad, rub some Ylang Ylang oil onto your chest or neck before going to bed.
3. Skin Healing Powers
Among Ylang Ylang’s many skills, it’s got the ability to heal minor wounds and reduce the appearance of scars. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce the inflammation of cuts and abrasions, encouraging faster healing. As it does with your mood, Ylang Ylang can act as a painkiller for physical pains as well! Apply it carefully to the painful areas for a natural pain remedy.
Any open wound comes with a risk of sepsis or tetanus if it becomes infected – fortunately, Ylang Ylang also acts as an antiseptic! Using the oil on open wounds can help to avoid those dangers, by inhibiting microbial growth of infectious bacteria or fungus.
4. Younger Skin
Not only can Ylang Ylang heal wounded skin, but it can also improve the appearance of damaged or aging skin, and halt the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a popular ingredient in products that aim to make skin look younger. The reason it is so effective in giving a youthful glow is that it boosts blood circulation, which can brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes!
5. Nourishes Hair
Now for our favorite benefit of Ylang Ylang. It works wonders for the hair, for a number of reasons! The first is that it gives hair a shiny, healthy appearance, especially when it’s combined with other essential oils, such as Coconut or Argan oil, or when its added to your normal hair care products.
Historically, Ylang Ylang has been used by both men and women to boost hair growth [ii]. The same way it can help skin glow by improving blood circulation, the oxygen from the blood flow will also encourage healthy hair growth.
Ylang Ylang is an amazing tool in products that helps hair to grow and maintain a good condition, which is why we chose to use it in our new Microstem Hair Thickening Mask. Using it weekly can speed up your hair’s growth while also repairing damaged hair. If you have dry, thin, or damaged hair, this mask promises to revitalize lackluster hair!
6. A Social Oil
Relationships with friends and family, as well as partners, suffer when there is stress involved. As a de-stressor, using Ylang Ylang will benefit relationships, so you can feel more connected to others. As a plus, it is known to also be a natural remedy for impotence, because the oil can increase the libido of both men and women. Inhaling it or applying some to your neck or wrists can help you feel more relaxed, or act as an aphrodisiac in certain situations.
Ylang Ylang is a powerful and natural tool for many small ailments, which is why we love it here at Cel and wanted you to know just how great it is too! Our Microstem Hair Thickening Mask uses it so that your hair can be revived, giving it a nice shine and help it to grow into the luscious locks we all thrive to have! But you can also purchase Ylang Ylang by itself, so you can add it to your body lotion, or as a diffuser for the beautiful smell and calming effect.