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Highlighting Ylang-Ylang

Having already discussed the many benefits of woodsy scents and Bergamot together, Sanari would like to introduce you to the many beautiful qualities offered by the amusingly named Ylang Ylang, which means “Flower of Flowers.” Most people have no idea this incredible scent superstar exists-much less what it is and can do.

To begin with, Ylang Ylang is a yellow, star-shaped flower that grows on the Cananga tree (Cananga odorata). This tropical species is native to countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, such as India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and parts of Australia. Ylang-Ylang complete essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowers. The distillation process is very long, requiring about ten hours.

Where the plant originates throughout Asia, the oils have traditionally been appreciated for their aphrodisiac properties. In Indonesia, for example, Ylang-Ylang flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples. Due to this quality, many western perfumes use Ylang-Ylang as a reliable top note to fragrances like Chanel Number Five. In the Philippines, the Ylang-Ylang flowers are used to embellish and perfume religious beings, while women wear strings of the flowers on their necks.

While the scent of the Ylang-Ylang is certainly pleasant, where it shines is in the health benefits to be derived while enjoying it. Used in spas and healthcare facilities alike, studies have shown that aromatherapy utilizing Ylang-Ylang can assist in physical and mental improvement. Increased blood flow, relieving inflammation, regulating heartbeat, mood elevation, and lowering anxiety.

According to Dr. Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, a doctor of chiropractic, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist, “Because of its ability to act directly on the olfactory system of the brain, inhaling some can have immediate, positive effects on your mood and act like a mild, natural anxiety or depression remedy. It’s said to ‘expand the heart,’ and research shows it may help release negative emotions, including anger, low self-esteem, and jealousy.”

Several studies back this up, such as a small study conducted in 1999, where it was concluded that feelings of stress were reduced by 50% from Ylang-Ylang inhalation. Inhalation of the fragrance was also associated with reduced pulse rate and blood pressure as well as increased alertness and personal attentiveness.

The 2018 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found positive anti-anxiety effects by influencing processes in the brain and the serotonin system’s hippocampus region.

It is also beneficial for fighting insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome since it has mild sedative effects and can lower stress responses, like a fast heartbeat and high blood pressure. This is why researchers have concluded this oil has a general “harmonizing effect.”

Fortunately for you, the consumer, Sanari, has blended its quality Ylang-Ylang oils with other beneficial fragrances like lavender and citrus to utilize all those positive effects better. Take Aria, for example, which combines gorgeously fragrant Ylang-Ylang with refreshing eucalyptus, Bergamot, sweet-tart tangerine, fresh mint, and lavender, as well as the warmth of patchouli and calming cedarwood. Aria’s end result is the perfect accompaniment to all anti-stressing activities, including yoga and meditation. You might also consider lighting one of our Ylang Ylang blends if you are having trouble sleeping.

As with all the ingredients used in our candles, the Ylang-Ylang essential oil is unadulterated and pure-when combined with our clean burning wax and wicks, lighting one is a treat for the body, mind, and soul.

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