Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Benefits for Calming Mind and Body

ylang ylang flowers

ylang ylang flowers

In a recent post about natural ways to get a good night’s sleep, I mentioned ylang ylang essential oil as one possible remedy for insomnia. I’ve been diffusing this oil every night lately, and I’ve noticed that I definitely sleep better when I do this. In fact, ylang ylang is quickly become one of my favorite oils for any situation that requires calm!

Ylang ylang is really a fascinating gift of nature. The oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the ylang ylang tree, which is native to rain forest climates. The sight of the tree itself will make you feel calm and relaxed. It has small unusually-shaped flowers that blend beautifully with the leaves of the tree. The flowers have a very sweet, almost fruity floral scent.

Ylang Ylang Distillation

When ylang ylang essential oil is produced, the flowers are distilled in three steps. That’s why you might notice that your bottle of ylang ylang essential oil has a Roman numeral following the name. An oil labeled “ylang ylang I” is the result of only the first distillation of the flowers. The most effective type of ylang ylang is labeled “ylang ylang complete,” which means that it contains oil from all three distillations.

Ylang Ylang Benefits

Ylang ylang essential oil is used in aromatherapy for its soothing and relaxing qualities. Ylang ylang helps to calm the nervous system, so it’s excellent, as I mentioned, as a remedy for insomnia. It’s also a good choice when you’re anxious, angry or stressed. The uplifting aroma of ylang ylang can also help lift a low mood in people with depression. Likewise, it can boost libido, making it effective as an aphrodisiac. The oil’s relaxing properties are also said to help lower blood pressure.

For those interested in chakra balancing, ylang ylang essential oil is used as a third (solar plexus) chakra tonic. This makes sense, since the third chakra is our center of creativity and personal power, qualities that shine when we’re not tense, anxious or depressed.

Blending ylang ylang

If you have an essential oil blend that has been created for any kind of calming effect, check the label. It’s likely that ylang ylang is included in the mix. Ylang ylang blends well with cedarwood, bergamot, lavender and grapefruit.

So if you’ve never heard of ylang ylang, or if you just haven’t tried it yet, be sure to look for it when you need an essential oil to help you relax. One sniff and you’ll understand why this oil has become so popular with so many in the aromatherapy crowd!

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