Name: Ylang Ylang, Canananga odoratum / unona odorantissimum
Manufacturer: Holisticshop.co.uk - Professional quality oils
Size: 10 ml
Other information: 100% concentrated and pure.
Supremely exotic, reminiscent of the luxurious laziness of tropical islands with the power to awaken your sensuality
About Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: This delectably hypnotic scent has the power to awaken our masculine and feminine sides, create erotic moods, enhance relationships and activate feelings of enthusiasm, joy and peacefulness. An exceedingly valuable oil for skin and hair care, it can help with reproductive concerns and relax over-active body systems.
Description of Aroma:: Very sweet, soft and flowery, yet radiantly exotic with a definite lascivious quality, this voluptuous perfume conjures images of orchids, almonds and jasmine.
Ruling Planet: Venus
Properties Beneficial To The Mind, Emotions And Spirit: Ylang ylang has long been renowned for creating euphoric and erotic moods, and has quite a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Its aromatic influences are sexual energy and enhancing relationships, and this, along with its soothing, calming action, may be helpful for impotence and frigidity. It is also said to activate enthusiasm.
This oil can help reconcile feelings of frustration, anxiety, rage, anger, fear, panic and shock, and replace them with peacefulness, joy, inner trust and sensuality. It relaxes the body while raising the spirits, especially helpful with nervous depression accompanied by severe tension, and also low self-confidence. It can both relax and stimulate the brain waves, depending on your individual needs, and may be useful for nervous and tension headaches.
Relaxing and strengthening to the inner being, ylang ylang may be able to bring out a man's feminine side, awakening his intuition and understanding. Its sedative qualities can benefit excitable conditions, as it regulates adrenaline flow and relaxes the nervous system, which may also help if you suffer from insomnia.
Of Interest: Native to Indonesia and the Philippines, the ylang ylang tree belongs to the same family as the custard apple, and requires a great deal of attention. Ylang ylang means 'flower of the flowers' in the Malayan language, and the exquisitely fragrant, large tongue-shaped flowers are a traditional adornment in the Far East. They are strewn on the marriage beds of newly wed couples - probably due to the aphrodisiac properties for which their perfume is renowned. Ylang ylang was an ingredient in the famous 19th century hair product, Macassar hair oil. It became so popular that Victorian housewives had to protect their chair backs against oily stains, hence anti-macassars, or chair covers.
Ylang ylang flowers can be pink, mauve and yellow, the latter of which produce the finest oil. Blossoms are harvested and immediately prepared in the early hours of the morning. Distillation of the blooms is a delicate process which lasts for days. Approximately 100lb of blossoms yields between 1 and 2lb of essential oil.
The distillation process yields several qualities of oil, from extra superior to 5th grade. The oil is distilled in 'fractions', meaning the process is stopped at various stages and the oil produced so far is removed. The grading methods vary; in one instance there are YY super, YY extra, YY 1, 2 and 3, while in another there are YY complete, YY extra, YY1, YY2 and YY3.
These grades can overlap because each distiller makes their own determination of the dividing line. YY complete may be a full, uninterrupted distillation, or a blend of fractions. Therefore the oil can vary considerably, especially when climactic and botanical factors are also taken into consideration.
Ylang ylang should not be confused with 'cananga oil', which is considered an inferior product from the end part of the distillation process. The properties are basically the same, but the perfume of cananga is less refined.
In their native country the blossoms were immersed in coconut oil until all the fragrance was absorbed. The resulting remedy was used to treat diseases, fevers and to fight malaria. Up until 1990 the Philippines had the world trade monopoly on ylang ylang. Their oil was considered to be the finest produced, but apparently it is no longer available.
Sometimes referred to as the poor man's jasmine, the soft floral scent is often used as an alternative to the sweet and more feminine rose in men's fragrances. It is a particularly good fixative for perfumes, as well as a beautiful scent, and is a popular ingredient in cosmetics, bath products, massage oils and skin and hair care products - women in the Philippines apply the oil directly to their hair. Ylang ylang is even used to flavour desserts and beverages.
Properties Beneficial To The Physical Body: Don't be deceived by this exotically floral essence. Ylang ylang means business and is a potent oil in reducing an excessively rapid heart beat or overly fast breathing. It relaxes the nervous system, lowers high blood pressure and stimulates the brain to release endorphins, which reduce pain.
This oil is reputed to balance hormones, which make it valuable for reproductive concerns, and also PMT, especially when combined with clary sage or neroli. Its antiseptic properties are beneficial when treating intestinal infections or insect bites.
A particularly valuable skin and hair care oil, ylang ylang balances the secretion of sebum, relaxes facial muscles, sooths, softens, and rejuvenates - due to plant hormones present - and so can be used for all skin types, especially oily, combination, aging and stressed. It is reputed to firm breast tissue.
This oil apparently stimulates the scalp and encourages hair growth, promoting strong healthy hair. It can also protect your hair when swimming in salt water.
Ylang Ylang Oil Blending Suggestions: Ylang ylang possesses extraordinary staying power, and the scent of oils that normally evaporate quickly will last longer when mixed with it. Numerous oils blend perfectly with this sumptuous oil, including orange, lemon, sandalwood, jasmine, neroli, tonka bean, bergamot, rose, citronella, grapefruit, lavender, melissa, patchouli, verbena and rosewood.
Alternative Suggestions For Use: Add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner for luxuriant hair care. Ylang ylang is perfect for an evening bath, to release daily tension and restore calm and balance.
If you find it too sweet, blend with orange, lemon or bergamot.
Essential Safety Precautions: Considered a relatively safe oil, ylang ylang may irritate sensitive skins, so do not use on inflamed skin conditions or dermatitis. In concentration the aroma can be overpowering for long periods, and may cause nausea or headaches. Avoid use with low blood pressure. Excessive, prolonged use may over-stimulate the nervous system.
Do not use essential oils undiluted or take internally without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information contained here is for general interest and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
More About Our Own Brand Oils
We take great pride in the quality of our essential oil range.
Originally the Holisticshop range of essential oils went under the name of Windflowers. This company was founded by a qualified aromatherapist, selling high quality oils to shops and aromatherapists throughout UK and the world. In 2003 the opportunity came up for Holisticshop to buy Windflowers, which we did. This acquisition has meant that since this time Holisticshop customers have been able to buy high quality oils at the price professional aromatherapists would expect to pay.
Lower quality oils are available on the market but we continue to pick the best quality source for every oil. For example our lavender oil is "High Alpine" lavender from Mount Ventoux in the Pyrennes and the ylang ylang is the "complete" oil, not the ylang ylang II or III which come from a different stage in the distillation process. In the current climate essential oil prices on the open market have risen quite dramatically and some sellers are cutting quality. We have maintained quality, bought well and kept as competitive as always.
We do not buy anonymous drums of essential oils on the open market and we do not redistill lower quality oils to remake a “scientifically” higher grade oil that does not smell great (this happens sometimes with ylang ylang). We know the country and the growers of all our oils. Please be assured by the care we take with making sure our oils are great quality. You will smell the difference.
* They are non-adulterated and are as produced at the still
* We specify the country of origin for each oil
* Each oil has been independently tested by French chemist
* Our essential oils are not blended unless we say specifically say so
* No middlemen - straight from soil to bottle
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