I love when I have a customer come into my store asking tough questions. It causes me to do a fair bit of research and to access the dusty recesses of my mind in order to come up with a sound and reasonable answer. In this case it was about the use of Ylang Ylang essential oil and its effect on reducing blood pressure typically caused by stress.
I have to admit, I knew Ylang Ylang as an aphrodisiac, which made me think that it would increase blood pressure… not by it’s effect on stress, but simply by revving up the system, if you know what I mean… nudge nudge wink wink!
Well, as it turns out, Ylang Ylang does indeed decrease blood pressure due to it’s calming effect on the parasympathetic system. That’s our “relax and chill” system. Kind of like the ying and yang to sympathetic system, which is our “fight or flight” system.
This information is actually backed up by a study done by the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Srinakharinwirot University, Nakhon-nayok 26120, Thailand. firstname.lastname@example.org and published in the US Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
According to that study, upon topical application of Ylang Ylang essential oil on 40 healthy individuals. Physiological parameters recorded were skin temperature, pulse rate, breathing rate and blood pressure. The study found that although skin temperature increased, blood pressure decreased. There was also a feeling a deep relaxation among the subjects.
Okay, so all this scientific stuff aside, how would I recommend using Ylang Ylang essential oil to decrease blood pressure and help reduce stress? I would use a therapeutic dose of Epsom salt in a nice warm bath. I would add 10 drops of the EO to the salt prior to the bath and then just relax and inhale. Allow the heady aroma of the oil and the warm water surround you as in a warm cocoon. Just writing this, I’m feeling myself relax. Enjoy!