YLANG YLANG Essential Oils with Animals
By Joan Sorita
Ylang Ylang Flower is distilled in a way where the collection of the product is done in sections.
First off, I want to press the point that when you study an essential oil, herb or flower essence, it is for your benefit to enrich yourself with the plant. If you have a chance try to grow or watch the plant’s life cycle go for it. I did this later on in life and wished I would have started sooner. It helped me retain more about the plant by living with it.
The latin name for this tree that blooms very potent flowers is Cananga odorata. There is a common name for the oil as well and in some countries it is called Cananga oil.
Ylang ylang flowers come in a variety of colors but it is said by many distillers that the yellow color flower is the most aromatic. Regions are SE. Asia, through Australia, and Madagascar.
It has been my experience working with female animals in heat that Ylang ylang calms them down and has a relaxing effect on them. You can view this event on a video I did with Kune Kune pigs, here.
Here are the most known actions. There are more but I think just knowing the first four actions that are at the top of the list will work just fine in learning and using the essential oil.
- Lowers blood pressure (hypotensive)
I talked a little about how this essential oil was distilled. This method is called fractional distillation. This means that the flowers are steamed for two hours and the oil is collected.
Then the distillation continues with the same flowers for an hour more and oils are collected.
This can continue for 20 hours. The first extraction is called (Extra superior), the other layers of extraction are called first, second and third grades. Of course the extra superior is the highest grade quality and therapeutic. It gets more in depth with the studies but we will keep it light and interesting.
How can you use it with your animals? A lot of the practitioners I have studied and read research on, use of this essential oil mainly for calming. I’ll add Ylang Ylang to skin care blends and for calming the animal, yet it also has uplifting actions. On horses, I use it when mares are in heat but keep in mind I let them select the Ylang ylang; they might want clarySage or Rose Absolute. These oils have what I call hormone mimickers. They can either bring an animal in heat or out of heat depending on where the cycle is at. Although not to be used on cats.
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