Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Organic Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the Cananga tree, which is a tropical tree native to Indonesia and the Philippines. As an essential oil, it is sought after for perfumes and aromatherapy, among other uses. Its fragrance harbors hints of the orange-blossom smelling neroli oil and jasmine, in addition to custard and rubber. In Madagascar and South East Asia, it is added as a flavoring to ice cream and soft drinks, respectively. Ylang ylang essential oil is widely used in the fragrance industry in the home, in perfumes, in body lotions, and in aromatherapy. It is widely known for its rich, sweet floral fragrance. The fragrance is a base fragrance that blends particularly well with other floral, fruit, and woodsy fragrances. It is commonly used in Oriental and floral perfumes. The popular perfume, Chanel No. 5, is believed to contain ylang ylang.
But did you know that organic ylang ylang oil is also used for a variety of purposes in addition to its glorious, exotic smelling fragrance?
Aromatherapy for Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
A recent study appearing in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation compared blood pressure results (systolic and diastolic) after a group of men exercised in a controlled pretest. Half the participants repeated the exercise in the same setting, while the test group repeated the exercise in a room where they were exposed to ylang ylang incense for the duration of the test. The group exposed to ylang ylang oil experienced notable decreases in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure, while those in the test group experienced significant decreases in systolic blood pressure.
Relaxing the Bladder with Ylang Ylang Oil
The Journal of Korean Medical Science revealed a study involving the effects of ylang ylang essential oil on the bladders of rabbits and rats in vitro. The study determined that the ylang ylang oil “inhibited all stimulation by EFS and all drugs to contract the bladder.” In other words, the researchers concluded that ylang ylang essential oil had a relaxing effect on the bladder.
Ylang Ylang Oil for Calmness
One study, appearing in The International Journal of Neuroscience examined the cognitive performance and mood enhancing natures of ylang ylang oil and peppermint essential oils. It determined that peppermint oil improved memory and cognitive function and ylang ylang essential oil substantially increased calmness.
Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and Transdermal Absorption
Phytotherapy Research PTR released a study investigating the effects of ylang ylang oil on the mind and body after transdermal absorption. The results of the study led researchers to believe that ylang ylang aromatherapy may be an effective treatment for stress and depression in humans. Physiological information was recorded including skin temperature, blood pressure, and more and self-evaluations were conducted too. The experiment determined that those in the ylang ylang group experienced a significant drop in blood pressure and a significant increase in skin temperature. The self-evaluations revealed that those in the ylang ylang group felt calmer and more relaxed than those in the control group.
The essential oil of ylang ylang is captured through steam distillation of the flowers of the cananga tree. Like many essential oils, only a small amount of ylang ylang oil is needed to release its aromatherapy, calming, and soothing properties.