Ylang Ylang, an oil derived from beautiful yellow star-shaped flowers, provides calming and mood-lifting effects while healing the body and supporting healthy skin and hair.

What is The History Behind Ylang Ylang?

If you’re looking for a fresh, powerful scent that boasts numerous physical and mental health benefits, look no further. Ylang Ylang, an oil derived from beautiful yellow star-shaped flowers, provides calming and mood-lifting effects while healing the body and supporting healthy skin and hair.

The unique flower petals from which Ylang Ylang oil is extracted, grow on large tropical trees – native to rainforest-like climates in Indonesia, the Philippines and the Polynesian Islands. In ideal temperatures and climates, these giant trees can grow more than 16 feet each year, and can easily reach 39 feet by maturity. The bright yellow flower is typically “droopy,” with six long petals and pointy green leaves.

Throughout Indonesia’s rich history, these flowers have been used to decorate religious and wedding ceremonies because of the energizing and uplifting effects it provides. The scent, while not overpowering in moderation, is a sweet, floral scent that is now well known across the globe.

While Asian traditions have used these flowers and oils for centuries, its widespread popularity is fairly new to Western culture. So let’s break it down for us Westerners who aren’t in the loop yet. 

Powerful Uses of Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang’s benefits can be reaped in numerous ways, but the most popular is through the scent of it’s oils, through inhalation.  Breathing Ylang Ylang increases relaxation, relieves anxiety, and elevates mood by promoting feelings of happiness and hope – thus it’s used as a natural antidepressant.

In addition, this foreign oil has been used for centuries to heal and strengthen hair and skin. Some add it to hair conditioner, while others create steam facials, or add it to bath water. And while you can drink this oil in a mixture for added antioxidant support, we recommend you consult your doctor or a professional before trying that.

Here at Magic Fairy Candles, we like to keep it natural and believe in the power of aromatherapy to make our lives better. That’s why we use these pure oil blends in everything we make – to awaken the senses, rejuvenate the soul, and wonderfully scent the home. Always feel free to reach out with questions or comments – we’d love to hear from you!

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