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Ylang-Ylang Article

Hello Daily Star readers! You can find my full, scientific paper on Ylang-Ylang by clicking here: Positive Effect of Ylang Ylang On Performance by Rownak Salam (PDF). The original article as posted by The Daily Star (link here) has been reprinted below. Thank you!

Aromatherapy healing: the positive effects of ylang-ylang

In many years of running a retail store and aromatherapy clinic, I have helped customers solve a variety of issues of different sizes and magnitudes. Their trust in the all-natural healing power of aromatherapy comes from its effectiveness. It may also come from how straightforward it is when compared to the costly and complicated world of drugs and medical treatment. Over time, I have noticed a large group of customers — mostly women of Southeast Asian origin — order ylang-ylang in all its different forms (fragrance oil for lamps, body oil, incense, etc.). From my conversations with clients, my synthesis was that the workplace and workload makes us stressed: a woman’s responsibilities (according to the women I regularly talk to) does not end at the workplace as they need to go home and carry on household tasks of cleaning, cooking, serving and taking care of the elderly or children by a certain time.

I felt enthusiastic regarding the impact of ylang-ylang on human nervous systems. Plenty of research has already been conducted about how the brain wave patterns gets stimulated by the inhalation of certain essential oils. I felt eager to learn more about the use of ylang-ylang. The Latin name of ylang-ylang is Canangaodorata. It is a tropical tree that belongs to the Annonaceae botanical family, which originally comes from Southeast Asia.

Further research shows that ylang-ylang has a calming action on the heart, in addition to its other reputed medicinal properties. According to many researchers, ylang-ylang is known to be an aphrodisiac as well.

In the book Aromatherapy by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, it is noted that, “[…] ylang-ylang[‘s …] fragrance is very relaxing, […it…] can also reverse fatigue.” Based on further readings and testimonies from the clients, I continued to gather information whether there is a direct correlation between the inhalation of ylang-ylang and mental effectiveness.

Aromatherapy healing: the positive effects of ylang-ylang

I tried the oil on myself on a few instances. During the end of the month, the workload really gets a bit too much; as I started feeling stressed, just by thinking about my piled up backlog I reminded myself to put a few drops of ylang-ylang in the mist humidifier and turn it on. I noticed that the workload that normally takes about 3-4 hours or more for me to complete with a tired mood (without using ylang-ylang) becomes possible for me to finish sooner with the inhalation of ylang-ylang, in addition to keeping a better attitude about that work. Prior to the use of this particular essential oil, there were some days when I didn’t even have any desire to sit myself down with the tasks due to lack of energy.

After creating a rigorous battery of mental tests, I recruited a group of busy professionals to take those tests. They were split into three groups: one was a control group (who simply had a mist humidifier with no oil added), one was given a mist humidifier with synthetic ylang-ylang oil and the final group was given a mist humidifier with the pure, high-grade ylang-ylang essential oil.

My findings displayed positive result: the group which experienced the pure essential oil was able to complete the standardised test nearly three times as fast as the control group and twice as fast as the group which received the synthetic oil.

Furthermore, the essential oil group also demonstrated the highest positive mood gains out of all three groups, by nearly 68 per cent. My data analysis shows me that inhalation of ylang-ylang essential oil impacts people’s mood positively, which allows them to complete more work, with more mental energy and less stress.

I am now able to more strongly recommend the use of ylang-ylang essential oil to my clients who turn to it as an aroma therapeutic aid.

Healing Through Essential Oils: Geranium

Healing through essential oils: Geranlum (Pelargonium graveolens)

Family – Geraniacea

Geranium is a bushy shrub with hairy leaves and flowers.  A pale green to yellow oil is steam distilled from the fragrant green parts of the plant, especially the leaves.

Geranium is a middle note. It has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicidal and many more properties. In Ayurvedic medicine geranium is thought to balance the Pitta, and Vata doschas and lower the Kapha Doscha.

As an alternative healing the use of Geranium is powerful. It can be used for the following:

Skin, Halr, Nails:  Has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic and cell regenerator properties. Use in facial masks, oils and creams for acne, athlete’s foot, burns, bruises, broken capillaries, oily skin, congested & mature skin.

Use in massage – full body for lymphatic drainage.  It is thought to have cellular regeneration and wound healing (especially after facial or plastic surgery) properties. Use in a diffuser or body oil or cream as an insect repellent (mosquitoes).

Respiratory: Has bactericidal properties. Use in a diffuser, inhalation or local massage for sore throats, tonsillitis and asthma.

Muscular/Skeletal: Has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Used in baths, massage (local and full body) or compresses for rheumatism and neuralgia.

Cardiovascular/Lymphatic: Used in baths and massage for poor circulation. Used in a sitz bath for hemorrhoids. Helpful with varicose veins. Use in a body oil or cream for edema, cellulite, eczema.

Urinary/Reproductive: Has diuretic and decongestant properties. Use in baths, massage or compresses for menstrual cramp and engorgement of the breasts. Use regularly to help with menopause and PMS. Helpful with cystitis, candida, painful periods, PMS and uterine hemorrhage.

Nervous/Brain/Mind: Has calming properties. Used in diffusers, baths, massages, personal perfumes and body oils geranium can assist with nervous tension, neuralgia and stress problems. lt is also thought to be effective for concentration, and to help in times of  confusion, hysteria, panic or shock. Geranium is a sedative. lt is an uplifting anti-depressant, which can help with manic depression, post-natal depression and anxiety.

Caution: Although it is non-toxic, but it is better not to use in early pregnancy.

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My herb choice of the week-Aloe Vera

Do you know that Aloe Vera causes digestion and brings about elimination of dosha accumulated in all tissues? it makes absorbed food to reach all the tissues
unhindered. Thus, nutrition of tissues is improved. Its’ bitter taste causes tissue to stimulate and thus improves transformation of absorbed food into tissues. It should be specially used as in food made for patients having constipation.