Aromatherapy is something I have recently stuck my nose into! The premise that ‘smell’ has the power to heal has caused me to investigate aromas that produce therapeutic effect on mind and body. In course of my investigation, I came across a fragrance that I feel every aromatherapy enthusiasts should know about. I am talking about Ylang Ylang-the flower of flowers.
Ylang Ylang, (known as ‘Cananga Odorata’ in the botanical world), is an essential oil derived from the flowers of Cananga tree. The tree is indigenous to the tropical rainforests of Indonesia and Philippines, and is cultivated on a large scale there owing to its great demand in the perfumeries.
In this article, I will discuss five important health benefits of using the essential oil derived from this herb. Trust me, you will be surprised to uncover these miraculous qualities of this magical flower as you read on…
The herb contains linalool-a naturally occurring terpene alcohol. The compound has a pleasant floral smell with a touch of spiciness, and is claimed to act as an antidepressant and sedative.
Besides Linalool, there are many other chemicals in present like Germacrene, Caryophyllene, and Sesquiterpenes, which all are potent stress-busters. These chemicals together produce a fragrance of therapeutic tendencies, which can have the following effects:
· It lifts mood
· It increases confidence
· It eases muscle stiffness
· It controls acne
· It relieves nausea and motion sickness
The pharmaceutical industry is replete with a plethora of pills and potions for lowering blood sugar, but those drugs come with their own set of side effects. In the domain of naturopathy, however, some essential oils work wonders to eliminate the symptoms of high blood pressure. Ylang Ylang is one of those oils that aroma-therapists recommend as a miracle cure for hypertension.
Keeping a diffuser filled with Ylang Ylang oil in your home can help promote a general sense of wellbeing, making you feel light and keen.
Facilitates a healthy menstrual cycle
This is something that is debatable, but researchers have been gathering evidence about the claim that the smell of Ylang Ylang can promote a happy ‘period’ experience. Aroma-therapists have long been using ylang ylang to treat PSM (Pre menstrual syndrome) in their patients. Smelling Ylang Ylang oil during periods can relieve some of the physical and emotional symptoms of PSM-those intolerable belly cramps, nausea, and mood blackouts.
Since the aroma is a potent antidepressant and sedative, inhaling it can help a ‘damsel in distress’ cope up with her ‘shark week’.
In the world of alternative medicine, The herb is believed to be a potent antidepressant. Inhaling Ylang Ylang vapors can provide relief from anxiety, tension, sadness, and chronic depression.
Using a vaporizer to diffuse the scent is a good way to use Ylang Ylang, though there are other ways too. In dilution, it can be used as massage oil that can be applied to ease physical exhaustion, insomnia, nervous tension and stress.
Improves your sex life
Step into the bedroom of a newlywed Indonesian couple, and you can smell the aroma of Ylang Ylang flowers lingering all around. The smell of Ylang Ylang is a potent aphrodisiac, the mere inhalation of which can create the perfect mood for sex.
The best way to use Ylang Ylang for sexual enrichment is to burn the essential oil in a diffuser in your bedroom. The effect is almost instant. The intense note of rubber and custard, along with a light hint of Jasmine and Neroli, causes immediate surge of ‘desire’ hormones, and thereby helps you please each other better.