Ylang-ylang essential oil was relatively unknown until recent years when it gained popularity with cosmetic companies for its pleasant scent. While it was often used to as a fragrance for cosmetic products, ylang-ylang oil, as with many essential oils, is much more than just its scent.
Here are three benefits for including ylang-ylang essential oil into your lifestyle.
Lowering Blood Pressure
Known as a hypertensive, ylang-ylang essential oil naturally helps the body decrease blood pressure when inhaled. While studies are still being performed to confirm this medical breakthrough, some studies have shown that essential oils, and ylang-ylang in particular, may have a positive impact on those suffering from prehypertension or high blood pressure.
Study participants were asked to inhale the scent of ylang-ylang essential oil, as well as a variety of other essential oils, and noted a decrease in blood pressure as well as cortisol levels, which appear during stressful situations.
Rubbing the oil on your chest, over your heart, or on pressure points on your hands and feet can help aid in lowering blood pressure. Inhaling the scent of the oil directly from the bottle is also shown to help.
Improving Your Mood
It has been noted already that ylang-ylang essential oil has a very pleasant smell that is often noted as intoxicating. And the sense of smell has long been attributed to boosting one’s mood. However, ylang-ylang oil takes it one step further by providing emotional balance and relieving stress and fear.
Diffusing the oil in a room, inhaling directly from the bottle or even rubbing a few drops directly on your skin, particularly your heart, helps calm your emotions, and help you connect with your ‘inner child’ to be more carefree and joyful. If you’re looking for a stress reliever, adding a few drops to your bath and soaking for a while can help relieve not only stress, but fear and anxiety.
Rejuvenating Your Skin
Ylang-ylang essential oil has been shown to help balance the sebum (created by the sebaceous glands) that is secreted through the skin. Too little or too much sebum production by our glands will result in overly dry or overly oily skin, particularly on the face and scalp.
Mixing a few drops of ylang-ylang oil into a carrier oil or neutral lotion and rubbing it onto the areas of your body that are overly dry or oily can help increase/decrease the levels of sebum your sebaceous glands are producing. Your skin will soon feel rejuvenated and youthful again.
Ylang-ylang essential oil’s wide variety of healthful properties help you look and feel better from the inside out. Adding a vial of this powerful oil to your essential oil collection will provide a helpful go-to oil for whenever you find your body out of balance.