12 Feb 2008

Ylang Ylang for Love

Ylang ylang essential oil, like rose and jasmine oils, it a perfect sensual oil for Valentine's Day. It is one of the favorite oils added to perfume formulas and is in Chanel's No 5, Armani's Aqua De Gio and Dior's Poison.

The name ylang ylang means "flower of all flowers" and is native to South East Asia. Most of the oil today is produced in Madagascar, Reunion, the Comores and Philipines. The blooms are hand picked in the early morning when the essential oil is most concentrated and processed very soon after by steam distillation.

The oil has an intense floral fragrance with a spicy undertone. It should be used sparingly as it's intoxicating aroma can cause headaches and nausea if too much is used. Ylang ylang is an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic and sedative. It is used to calm nerves, reduce inhibitions like teenage awkwardness and promoting togetherness by balancing male and female energies. It is also excellent for balancing oily skin and for hair growth.

For a romantic evening at home on Valentine's Day it can be used as a room spray or used in a burner. It is a natural fixative so the perfume will linger for hours. For a wonderful sensual massage, add ylang ylang with geranium or lavender to a base oil for woman, and add ylang ylang with frankincense or cedarwood to base oil for a man.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Pre-Date Relaxing Ylang Ylang Bath

4 tsps sweet almond oil or avocado oil
4 drops ylang ylang essential oil
2 drops rose otto or rose geranium oil

Mix together, add to bath, lie back and relax.

Perfume Recipe
From Wavelengths Natural Health

1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop tangerine essential oil
2 drops jasmine essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops vanilla CO2 extract
3 drops German chamomile
1/4 ounce jojoba oil

Use a small dark glass vial to store your perfume oil, and be sure to keep the lid on tight. You can also add a few drops of Vitamin E oil as an antioxidant to help preserve this oil-based perfume blend.

Ylang Ylang Chocolates
From AromaThyme
Why not try these for Valentines Day

Essential oils can be infused into chocolates or any other sweets by placing the loose chocolates in a box then adding a piece of absorbent paper to which you have placed 1 drop of Ylang Ylang. Cover and let sit until absorbed, a few days should do it. Try other oils like Orange or Mandarin for a different twist.

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Susan said...

I purchased a wonderful blend a few weeks ago that has ylang ylang in it along with Orange...I just love the aroma...I'm not usually one who likes ylang ylang because it is too flowery for me, but in this blend it has just a sublte fragrance that makes it compelling.

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Naomi said...

Ylang ylang has a wonderful fragrance Jackie and is perfect for Valentine's Day. The Ylang ylang bath sounds interesting and the perfect way to relax after a busy day at work. I'll have to try that!

Wangbu said...

Never heared such a combo before, but knowing Ylang-ylang I'm sure it would be one of the sweetest body rub concoctions ever.