Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ylang Ylang

This very sweet and floral scent comes from an unique tree that is native to
India, the Philippines and other Pacific Islands. It is easy to grow, likes
full sun and does not require a lot of attention. Regardless of this, you
still do not see it grown much in the United States.

This exotic plant is the source of Chenelle No. 5. In fact, alcohol is the
only added ingredient to this famous perfume. Ylang Ylang is Chenelle #5.

Ylang Ylang means "flower of flowers". This fast growing tree can grow up to
40 feet tall or more. The flowers grow in clusters at the end of its droopy
branches. Ylang Ylang blooms at an early age and can continue to bloom year
round depending on its environment. Each flower begins as a white 5 pointed
star. Then it turns to green before it changes again to its final color;
Pink, Mauve or Yellow. The yellow flowers have the highest essential oil
content and are used in aromatherapy.

There are many grades of Ylang Ylang essential oil. It can be distilled
several times. The first distillation contains the finest oil and is called
an absolute. Followed by No. 1 and 2. These grades are used in aromatherapy.
The Ylang Ylang absolute is too heavy for use on its own, so a complete Ylang
Ylang oil would be a mixture of these grades. Grade 3 & 4 are considered
by-products and are used to scent soaps and other items. These grades are
usually sold under the name of "Cananga" rather than Ylang Ylang.

Ylang Ylang's scent is intoxicating. It's euphoric properties have the
ability to relax, uplift and calm emotions. It is a natural aphrodisiac and
regulates the adrenaline flow. It can be great use for fridgity and impotence
and help break the cycle of sexual inadequacy.

Ylang Ylang affects the nervous system and the cardiovascular system,
lowering blood pressure and slowing a rapid heart beat. It is a fantastic oil
to calm anger and frustration during times of stress or tension .

It is great for treating depression and uplifting for those who suffer from
low self-esteem and PMS. In addition to all these emotional benefits, Ylang
Ylang is great for hair and skin care as it balances the body's natural oil

Medicinal Properties: Antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic,
aphrodisiac, euphoric, hypotensive, sedative (nervous), stimulant
(circulatory) , tonic.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Jasmine,
Lavender, Lemon, Narcissus, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Sandalwood and Vetiver.

Pure Essential Oil Usage
Inhalation - Use in a diffuser or spritzer bottle.
Skin Care - Good for acne and to give the skin a radiant glow.
Hair Care - Add 2 drops to rinse water for shiny hair.
Bath - Add 5 drops to bath for emotional upsets or PMS tension. Great for
evening baths and accompanied by candles.
Massage - A sensual massage. For a sense of well being. Great for romantic
Safety Precautions:
Possible sensitization. Can cause headaches and nausea if used in excess.
Avoid with low blood pressure.
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An Aphrodisiac Blend Straight From The 60's
Patchouli 4 drops
Ylang Ylang 4 drops
Use as a natural perfume or diffuse into the air.

Anger Relief Massage Oil
6 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ylang Ylang
2 drops Geranium
1 oz Sweet Almond Oil

Diffuser Blend
2 drops Clary Sage
1 drop Sandalwood
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Ylang Ylang

Diffuser Blend
10 drops Lime
7 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ylang Ylang
1 drop Rose

If you like Ylang Ylang but sometimes find it too sweet, tone it down with
some of the citrus oils, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon or Grapefruit are wonderful
for springtime.

Ylang Ylang has the ability to relax facial muscles and ease tension
Anger and frustration can create wrinkles and lines. A facial massage with 1
drop of Ylang Ylang to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil will work wonders.
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Ease The Stress with Massage
Stress is the response that your body has to all the demands made upon it
daily. Everyone has felt the effects of a stressful day in the muscles of
the neck or back. Whether you have sore or tense muscles, tension headaches
or anxiety, getting a massage can really help relieve all that stress.

Research shows that massage is effective care for a broad range of ailments,
injuries and conditions, particularly for stress. Studies have shown that
massage can help people who suffer with low-back pain, helps breast cancer
survivors cope emotionally and physically and eases pain after bypass
surgery. It can also help relieve symptoms associated with depression,
insomnia, sinusitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Aromatherapy massage is a gentle massage using essential oils that are
softening, healing, nourishing and rejuvenating to the skin. The general
benefits of massage combined with the healing benefits of certain essential
oils is very dynamic.
Because essential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the
bloodstream, they affect the nervous system, as well as all other systems of
the body. Here are some of the benefits that can be obtained massaging with
essential oils:

* Improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, and helps to eliminate toxins
from the body.
* Stimulates the immune system and strengthens resistance to disease.
* Aids digestion, eases constipation and relieves abdominal spasm.
* Lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels; can be helpful with
* Eases muscular aches and pains and promotes muscle relaxation.
* Releases endorphins, the brain's natural opiates, which encourages a
feeling of well being and confidence.

If receiving a massage isn't possible, self massage can provide many
benefits. It can be performed in the bath, car, bed, sitting at a desk, etc.
The easiest areas to work are the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and feet.

Below are a few precautions regarding massage:
* Do not have a massage immediately after a meal or if you are feeling unwell
or drained of energy.
* Massage should not be done over any areas of skin infection, rashes, cuts,
sores, burns or varicose veins.

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