Calming Flower- Ylang Ylang July 22 2018, 0 Comments
The lovely star shaped yellow Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) flower grows on the Cananga tree. Known for its use in aromatherapy as a perfume and a relaxant, this delightful-smelling flower is typically administered as an essential oil and offers calming and healing benefits to your horse.
Plant parts and uses
The Cananga tree is native to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and grown in other areas of the world with similar tropical climates. The medicinal properties of the tree’s flower, Ylang Ylang, are extracted via steam distillation to make essential oil. The essential oil can be used in a spray, applied topically with dilution, or in a diffuser. Ylang Ylang essential is most commonly used in perfume for its delicate smell, as a relaxant, an eczema treatment, an antiseptic, and as a treatment for high blood pressure. The essential oil comes in five different grades with the highest quality oil is produced from flowers that are picked in the early morning. The therapeutic effectiveness of the oil depends on the grade of oil purchased.
Most common uses for horses
Ylang Ylang is most commonly used for equines in a calming essential oil blend, spray, or in an herbal liniment. Consider turning to Ylang Ylang when your horse is facing stressful events, such as trailering, horse shows, or while in recovery from an injury. You can always add Ylang Ylang to other essential oils to create your own calming blend- lavender, tangerine, sandalwood, grapefruit, and clary sage essential oils are popular mates to Ylang Ylang. If you do create your own blend for topical application, please take care to dilute with a carrier such as aloe vera or fractionated coconut oil so as not to irritate your horse’s skin. You can also mix several drops of oil in water or water and witch hazel for a pleasant antiseptic calming spray. Lastly, Ylang Ylang is a popular ingredient in herbal liniments; add a few drops to yours in order to increase its calming effect on your horse while he cools down from a workout.
Unless you are blessed to live in a tropical environment, growing a Cananga tree will be very difficult. In North America, these trees have only been grown in indoor greenhouses designed to replicate its native tropical habitat. If you don’t live in the tropics and wish to obtain the benefits of Ylang Ylang, your best bet will be to purchase a bottle of therapeutic grade essential oil (any lower grade may not include medicinal benefits) from a reputable essential oil company.
This is a re-print from the Herb Blurb Column I am writing in Equine Wellness Magazine, one of the largest publications in North America focused on natural and alternative therapies for horses. This is from their Jun/Jul 2018 issue. https://equinewellnessmagazine.com/