Though ylang-ylang essential oil has been around for many years, it has only recently become popular because of the benefits it offers to the cosmetic and medicinal world. Aromatherapists describe the fragrance as delicate and pleasing while for medicinal purposes, such as the healing properties on skin, are strong and rewarding.
Health Benefits of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil:
Aphrodisiac: It has been shown to increase the libido in both women and men. Ylang-ylang can also help you feel more connected with those around you such as your family or spouse.
Fights Diabetes: It lowers the risk for nerve damage from diabetic complications. Ylang-Ylang also protects from tissue and cell damage.
Heart Health: This essential oil is known to help fight inflammation and improve blood flow. It is helpful for controlling blood pressure and preventing heart arrhythmia.
Mood Enhancer: As a natural anti-depressant, ylang-ylang acts directly on the olfactory system of the brain, which can show immediate positive effects on mood. The mild sedative that is found in ylang-ylang has been known to help fight insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Preserves Skin: Ylang-Ylang is used to help preserve skin and give it a “youthful glow” and help prevent signs of aging and irritation. Some studies show that ylang-ylang is even powerful enough to fight the development of skin cancer cells and melanoma.
Topically, it can be applied to the skin, but should always be diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil. If using this oil for heart health, you can rub the mixture of Ylang-Ylang and your carrier oil right on your skin over your heart. Internally, if you plan to take as a dietary supplement, you can mix with honey or add to a smoothie.