THE SECRETS OF YLANG YLANG: CHEMICAL FOCUS

1 Posted by - October 4, 2016 - Oil Science

Frequently used in holistic aromatherapy products, ylang ylang essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers of the tropical ylang ylang tree. Although it contains around 30 constituents, methyl benzoate and benzyl benzoate are two of its most active ingredients. They are largely responsible for so many of the health benefits associated with ylang ylang oil.

Methyl Benzoate  

Studies have proven that ylang ylang essential oil is particularly beneficial for anyone struggling with a variety of heart conditions, including hypertension, heart arrhythmias, and tachycardia [1]. By dilating the arteries and functioning as an antioxidant to decrease oxidative and emotional stress, methyl benzoate can effectively lower blood pressure and help regulate the heartbeat.

In addition, a study involving nursing mothers found that the use of ylang ylang essential oil can help reduce stress and anxiety, while also significantly improving self-esteem, though further studies are needed to determine how it accomplishes this [2]. Other research has shown that the scent of ylang ylang oil directly effects the brain’s olfactory system, which can immediately have a positive impact on your mood [3].

Benzyl Benzoate

Ylang ylang oil is very effective at fighting parasites, particularly scabies and lice, largely due to the benzyl benzoate it contains [4]. It is believed that when it is absorbed by the parasite it is able to quickly destroy them by attacking their nervous system. In addition, it has been shown to help fight the development of skin cancer cells, while also preventing signs of aging.


[1] https://draxe.com/natural-remedies-high-blood-pressure/

[2] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033

[3] https://draxe.com/ylang-ylang/

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0009254/?report=details

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