(Cananga odorata var. genuina)
Ylang Ylang is an intense but extremely soothing essential oil. Inhaling the essential oil gives off a sense of euphoria and can help you focus on happiness and peacefulness in your home. It is uplifting to the spirits and has a mild sedating effect on the nerves, making it perfect for relaxation. Ylang Ylang is also considered to have aphrodisiac properties.
Ylang Ylang is used extensively in many expensive perfumes and has an heavy sweet, floral and slightly fruity scent. This essential oil blends well with bergamot, lemon, vetiver, lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, and rose.
Ylang Ylang is useful for supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. It helps ease stress related conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), tachycardia (fast heart rate) and palpitations. It is a mood enhancer and can be effective at tackling depression, anxiety and feelings of anger, frustration or resentment with its uplifting qualities. Lastly, Ylang Ylang balances oily skin, helps to clear pimples and can also provide nourishment to promote healthy hair.
- Cases of sensitisation have been reported, always do a patch test
- Use in moderation as its strong scent can cause headaches or nausea.
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