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Ylang Ylang Oil: 5 Surprising Benefits Of The New Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Oil: 5 Surprising Benefits Of The New Essential Oil


Every now and then, a new oil breaks into the mainstream beauty scene and remains on the lips of everyone. For 2022, that oil is Ylang ylang oil which has everyone talking, and for good reason.

The ylang ylang oil comes from the Cananga Odorata tree, which is native to much of tropical Asia, from India to Papua New Guinea, and to Queensland, Australia. It is valued for the perfume extracted from its flowers, called ylang-ylang. This essential oil can be used for aromatherapy, cosmetology and medicinally.

What better time to explore its potential than as you kick start the new year? With the year still young, it’s convenient to try out its different uses and work your way around it. However, there’s only one warning: Ylang ylang oil will have you journeying through 2022 looking like an Egyptian goddess.

The 5 varieties of ylang ylang oil

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The indices for this classification are based on time spent distilling the oil.

  • Extra: This is gotten during the first 1-2 hours of distillation.
  • Grades I, II and III: The time between distillations and the details can vary between distillers.
  • The complete distillate: As the name implies, it’s the last level of distillation which is obtained during 6-20 hours of distillation. It has a lighter scent than its previous counterparts and possesses a more herbaceous undertone.

Note: The extra and complete distillate is usually preferred for use in aromatherapy while the other classifications are used more in the perfumery industry.

Check out 5 benefits of ylang ylang oil you’ll totally dig…

#1. Ylang ylang oil reduces anxiety

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With the mental pandemonium that accompanies every new year and considering what we’ve witnessed since 2020, anxiety can’t be farfetched. As you watch the news, soaking in the rising numbers of cases, anxiety and stress might up your blood pressure. Here’s where ylang ylang oil can come in handy. In addition, it also works as a sedative which can help keep you relaxed and sound — mentally and physically — through aromatherapy.

#2. It possesses antiviral properties

Did you just see antiviral? You sure did. The germacrene-D content present in ylang ylang oil is not just antiviral but antibacterial, antifungal, and even a decongestant. Do you finally see the need for this oil in such a time as this?

#3. Ylang ylang oil is an aphrodisiac

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Inhale, exhale! Such a libido booster, just the right substance we need during a special time with your partner. The first sexual organ is the mind, the ylang ylang oil sets the mood right. Get your va va voom on!

#4. Ylang ylang oil is great for skin and hair care

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You can’t go wrong adding this oil to your skin and hair care routine. It facilitates hair growth and maintains oil production in both skin and hair. Also, the antimicrobial properties prevent scalp and skin infections.

#5. It’s good for your heart

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This oil is indeed essential for the nervous system. It aids blood circulation and repairs damaged nerves by reducing stress exerted on it. This automatically leads to a healthier heart, one void of high blood pressure and irregular heart rate.

Tip: In the absence of a diffuser or an essential oil burner, apply on a handkerchief in moderate quantity, place on the nose and inhale.

If you’ve ever asked for an essential oil that smells like love, here is one. As you kick start this new year, get off on the right note. (Pun intended.)

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