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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Y — Ylang Ylang

Y letter

Historically, ylang ylang has been used in both the East and the West. In the Philippines, where the flowers grow naturally, healers have used this oil in ointments to treat cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. In the Molucca islands, people used the oil as the main ingredient in Macassar oil, a hair pomade which later became popular in Victorian England. In Indonesia, the flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples as they are considered to be an aphrodisiac. – from Majestic Pure

 

Ylang Ylang, Blossom, Bloom, Plant, Flower
ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang (cananga odorata)

Plant appearance: tree around 60 feet high with drooping branches, carrying clusters of large, golden yellow, star-shaped flowers

Part used: flowers

Oil appearance: pale to deep yellow

Therapeutic uses: hypertension, circulation conditions, muscular cramp, menstrual cramp, intestinal spasm, insomnia, nervous tension, stress, nervousness, physical exhaustion, chronic fatigue, depression

Precautions: may cause irritation on highly sensitive skin; skin patch test is advisable. GRAS

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image by Itineranttrader
RECIPE

Romantic bedroom blend (for diffuser)
Palmarosa EO 8 drops
Ylang Ylang EO 3 drops
Clary Sage EO 2 drops
Nutmeg EO 1 drop
Orange EO 5 drops

29 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Y — Ylang Ylang

  1. Once again, had heard of the herb but never knew what it looks like. I always thought of myself as a curious person but visiting your blog makes me think I can do a lot better:)
    Cheers Jade for adding pictures to their names.
    And after reading Frederiqe’s comment above, I’m even more curious to seek pictures of a flower that even men wear. Nice.

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  2. It’s my understanding that the time the flowers are harvested for extraction of the essential oil (and of course the location) makes a difference in the strength/scent of the oil. For me it’s one I have to be careful with, using only the tiniest amount or I’m overwhelmed. But I’m guessing the fragrance of the flowers, although likely lovely, aren’t as concentrated in scent as the oil so they’re great to wear.

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  3. I don’t think I really know what ylang ylang smells like, but it’s certainly an interesting-looking flower. When things open back up again I’ll have to go to the drug store and find some bath oil to smell!

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  4. Ylang ylang is one of those things I’ve heard of but never quite knew what it was and certainly didn’t realize it was a flower! Because of your post, now I finally know! The diffuser blend sounds like it would smell lovely.

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