Ylang Ylang Oil

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What other names is Ylang Ylang Oil known by?

Aceite de Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata forma. genuina, Canangium odoratum forma. genuina, Huile d'Ilang-Ilang, Huile d'Ylang-Ylang, Huile d'Ylang Ylang, Ylang Ylang.

What is Ylang Ylang Oil?

Ylang ylang oil is made from the flowers of the herb Cananga odorata genuina.

People apply ylang ylang oil to the skin to promote relaxation, kill bacteria, lower high blood pressure, and increase sexual desire. It is also part of a combination spray used to kill head lice.

In foods and beverages, ylang ylang oil is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, it is used as a fragrance for cosmetics and soaps.

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APPLIED TO THE SKIN
  • Treating head lice. Developing evidence suggests a skin spray containing ylang ylang oil, anise oil, and coconut oil is 92% effective for killing head lice in children. It seems to work about as well as a spray containing bug-killers such as permethrin and malathion.
  • Treating high blood pressure.
  • Promoting relaxation (as a sedative).
  • Increasing sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ylang ylang oil for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Ylang Ylang Oil work?

There isn't enough information to know how ylang ylang oil might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Ylang ylang oil seems safe for children and adults in the amounts found in foods. It also appears to be safe when applied to the scalp in combination with other herbs.

There isn't enough information to know if ylang ylang oil taken by mouth is safe or what the possible side effects might be if it is used in amounts higher than what is typically found in foods.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Ylang ylang oil is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.

Dosing considerations for Ylang Ylang Oil.

The appropriate dose of ylang ylang oil depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ylang ylang oil. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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