Ylang-Ylang: Benefits, Using Tips and Side Effects
Ylang-ylang is an essential oil which is very important for various uses. It is a defined as a small and pretty flower of the cananga tree scientifically known as Cananga odorata var. genuina. It belongs to the Anonaceae family and is known as "flower of flowers". The tree is the native of Philippines and even in other parts of the Far East. Ylang-ylang oil is extracted from the small beautiful flower by the process of steam distillation. It has a very exotic and floral fragrance that is liked by almost all people. Smell of it is very pleasant. Ylang-ylang oil is slight yellowish in colour. Due to this reason they are largely present in perfumery industry. They have relaxing properties with its pleasant odour and its sedative effect.
Due to extreme scent, it has calming properties and also used in case of impotence and frigidity. It stimulates the hair growth largely, stops early hair loss and also controls the sebum production and stimulates its effect. Ylang-ylang oil is extracted from the flowers which are freshly picked and the process is completed by steam distillation. The primary distillation technique is known as Ylang-ylang extra which is the top grade extraction. With the process of solvent extraction, an absolute as well as concrete is produced.
Ylang-ylang consists of geranyl acetate, p-cresyl methyl ether, benzyl acetate, linalool, caryophyllene, methyl benzoate and benzyl benzoate. To prepare the oil, it has to be passed from various stages. Moreover, the extraction of the oil deals with a lot of procedures which are known as pressings. It is divided in to 3 pressings and the first one is known as 'extra' in first pressing it takes more time as it yields high amounts of esters and due to this they have a sweet odour and it is very pleasant whereas in the later pressings it has less-sweet odour. Extra is not used in aromatherapy but it is preferred in the perfumery industry. In aromatherapy, the pressings are combined to form the ylang-ylang essential oil.
Along with benefits there are some disadvantages so before using it one should keep in mind that the oil is regarded as non-irritant, non-toxic and even non-sensitizing oil, but there are irritations reported in very few cases too. It is recommended to test it on small part of body and keep for sometime. If irritation occurs then it is not suitable for that skin. It has to be noted that excessive use of ylang-ylang oil leads to headaches, nausea and vomiting. It is not suitable for those who are allergenic to any smell. There are therapeutic uses for ylang-ylang oil which are antiseptic, antidepressant, hypotenisve, sedative, aphrodisiac and antiseborrhoeic.
Ylang-ylang is very much useful for health. The ylang-ylang oil has a sedative and euphoric effect which is directly sensored at the nervous system and this helps with tension, anxiety, fear, shock and even panic. It helps in reducing mental stress and makes one feel free from tension and depression. One who is shocked with any incident or have fear of anything for them it is very effective as it helps in removing it. It has remarkable properties in reducing high blood pressure and also helpful for treating intestinal infections. One who has problem of high blood pressure, for them this oil is quite affective and regular use of this oil helps them to keep there pressure in control. It is referred for rapid breathing and heart beats. It plays a major role in balancing the sebum secretion of our body. It prevents the dryness of the skin and even deals with over oily skin. It is very much useful for those who have pimples on their faces. It also acts as a hair tonic which helps in the hair growth. To top on that it helps in controlling down hair fall.
Ylang-ylang oil is used in vapour therapy as it could help in easing anxiety, shock, rapid breathing, fear, panic, impotence, insomnia, stress and depression. It blends well with many oils such as bergamot, sandalwood, grapefruit and lavender. They are preferred to be used as massage oils or used in baths to relieve help along with frigidity, depression, anxiety, stress and many more.
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