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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Latin Name: Cananga odorata 

 

Family:  Annonaceae

 

Extraction Method: Steam distilled using the flowers

 

Aroma: Floral, Sweet and Sensual

Ylang Ylang is a tropical tree that is native to Madagascar, Java, Sumatra and the Philippines.  The best essential oil is derived from the yellowed-flowered trees.  Timing is everything with Ylang Ylang and in order to obtain a good essential oil, this tree must be harvested early summer during the morning hour for distillation.  There are as many as five different grades of ylang ylang in terms of fragrance quality so keep that in mind when purchasing this precious oil.

Emotionally this oil has sedative, antidepressant and aphrodisiac properties.  It has been stated that ylang ylang has a profound ability to address anxiety about sexual inadequacy.  Traditionally in Indonesia, the flowers of this tree are spread across the marriage bed of newlyweds.  As stated by Gabriel Mojay, "The aphrodisiac power of ylang ylang is inseparable both from its ability to relax and uplift, and from its voluptuous aroma."

So as previously stated ylang ylang is known for its exotic spicy sweetness and it is a great addition to perfumery.  Please keep in mind that using a high concentration of this essential oil may in fact cause nausea and/or headaches.  This is a very profound oil so sometimes using less is more than enough.

Cosmetically Ylang Ylang is used for both dry and oily skin due to the balancing action on the secretion of sebum.  So you can see how this oil obtains balance for the skin.  It is great when added to a facial serum because it is a multipurpose essential oil when trying to address various skin types.   It has also been stated that ylang ylang has been used to address hair loss and is considered a hair tonic.  

Ylang Ylang is amazing in its ability to slow down an over rapid heartbeat and breathing.  May be excellent for short term use to address conditions of shock, anxiousness or anger.  This oil also demonstrates the ability to lower blood pressure. You must use caution using with individuals that suffer from low blood pressure.

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Cooksley, V. Aromatherapy: Soothing Rmedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, Prentice Hall Press, 2002

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of Susan Ford Collins/Jungle Mama (www.flickr.com/photos/jungle_mama/)

Spikenard Essential Oil

Latin Name: Nardostachys jaatamansi

 

Family:Valerianaceae

 

Extraction Method:  Distilled from the rhizome; CO2

 

Aroma:  Earthy, resinous and warm.

Spikenard is an aromatic herb that is also referred to as "nard".  This herb grows to a height of three feet producing small greenish flowers and a aromatic rhizome root.  This herb is also native to Pakistan and the Himalayan Mountains.  Spikenard is sometimes incorrectly confused with spike lavender which is a reminder to all to know your oils. 

I have utilized this essential oil in many sleep blends because energetically it relieves emotional tension and insomnia.  This oil is extracted from the flower shoot or rhizome which is located underground, which might explain why it is so emotionally grounding.  As stated in Aromatherapy: The complete guide to the healing art, spikenard is traditionally applied to the feet for "grounding".  This oil is often times associated with Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) because of it similar aroma and action.

Historically Spikenard is known as one of the most ancient of aromatics and considered precious to early Egyptian, Hebrew and Hindu civilizations who utilized it for its ritual and medicinal purposes.  Spikenard is also associated with Frankincense and Myrrh due to it's reference to Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus feet with it before the Last Supper.

Spikenard is useful for persons with persistent anxieties or for the person who is searching for spirtual certainty.  It also nourishes hope for both the heart and soul allowing one to surrender.  Due to its serenity and earthy humility, it also conveys the power to devotion to one's chosen path. 

Cosmetically spikenard has been used in treatment of rashes and psoriasis.  It has a long history of use for scalp irritation and hair loss.  Because it is a very balancing oil, it is good for all skin types especially mature skin.  It may also help hormone imbalance that is sometimes associated with cellulite.

Spikenard has a regulating action on the heart and nervous system making it a good choice for heart palpitations, headaches and nervous indigestion.  This oil is also indicated for nausea, intestinal colic and constipation due to its antispasmodic and digestive action. 

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Keville, K and Green, M. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide To The Healing Art, Crossing Press, Second Edition, 2009

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy

My Nephew Demonstrating Using An Organic Aloe Vera Facial Blend

I love blending and making wonderful products.  Recently I made a facial blend with a base of organic aloe vera gel with a blend of the following essential oils: Lavender, Lavendula angustifolia, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, Orange, Citrus sinensis, Palmarosa, Cymbopogon martini var motia and Tea Tree, Melaleuca, alternifolia.

Sometimes it is hard to get teenagers to use a product especially for their face but I was very suprised to get a video email from my Nephews Xavier and Isaac showing how Xavier has been using the blend.  He just recieved the blend and it has been less than a week, but I can not wait until I can hear the results.  I just wanted to share what has meant so much to me.  The ending of course added that special teenage touch.  I hope you enjoy.

 

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