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Treat Insomnia, Depression, Stress and Various Conditions with These Three Potent Essential Oils


Aromatherapy is gaining ground as a potent and powerful alternate remedy to several health conditions. The uses of beneficial essential oils such as Lavender and Ylang Ylang can well contribute to the healing process of stress related conditions and insomnia. Here are three essential oils and their medicinal benefits supported by relevant research.


There was a time when Ylang Ylang oil wasn’t a very well known ingredient. However with the progress of aroma therapy as part of new age natural and herbal treatments, Ylang Ylang oil soon gained popularity for its immense benefits. The properties of Ylang Ylang oil can be used as an anti depressant, antiseptic, antiseborrheic, Hypotensive, nervine, sedative and even an aphrodisiac.

What is Ylang Ylang Oil?

Genus: Cananga Odorata, Native to rainforests of South Pacific and Asian Islands like Java, Sumatra, Polynesia, Indonesia and Philippines. It is derived as an extract from the fresh flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree.


Composition of Ylang Ylang oil: Benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl, methyl ether and components called Sesquiterpenes. All of these components contribute to its aroma and medicinal properties.

According to Research studies published in the journal of exercise rehabilitation which can be found in  Pubmed or online repository of the US centre for Biotechnology Information, It was found that Ylang Ylang oil inhalation decreased blood pressure in conditions of Hypertension and was effective as an anti depressant in depression and nervousness.


Anti depressant: fights depression, anxiety, sadness, chronic stress, trauma and shock. Relaxes the body on inhalation. It also acts as a sedative.

Anti seborrheic:  Reduces inflammation and irritation in Seborrhoeic Eczema

Antiseptic: Acts as a disinfectant and inhibits fungus and bacterial growth in cuts, wounds and abrasions. Controls infection. Initiates the healing process.

Hypotensive: Reduces blood pressure

Where to get Ylang Ylang Oil: Soul Flower Ylang Ylang oil is an affordable brand available on Flipkart

Cautionary note:  some uses have reported nausea and headache when taken excessively. In recommended and moderate doses, t is non toxic and does not cause irritation.

Lavender Oil

Derived from the Latin word Lavera meaning “to wash’ Lavender oil is one of the safest of essential oils although you need to stop using it if it causes irritation. Lavender oil is great for insomnia where just a little bit sprinkled on your pillow may give you a good night’s sleep.


What is Lavender Oil?

An extract of the lavender plant Lavandula angustifolia through the process of stem extraction, lavender oil is a mixture of phytochemicals of which the main compounds are Linalool and Linalyl acetate.

Composition of Lavender Oil: a-pinene, limonene, linalool, linalyl acetate, 1, 8 – cineple, Lavendulyl acetate, 3-octanone, camphor, terpinen-4-ol, caryophyllene transocimene and an additional variety of beneficial terpenes and ketones.

Research studies published in the NCBI online have observed several effects of Lavender oil on the nervous system thus proving its relaxing and therapeutic properties in neurological disorders, stress, depression and insomnia. Lavender oil’s anti anxiety properties were found to be equivalent to lorazepam in research studies

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Insomnia: induces sleep and has a relaxing effect when sprinkled on pillows.

Nervous system:  Anti anxiety, anti depressant, improves cognitive function, headaches, migraines, emotional and mental stress, positive effect in autonomous nervous system.

Acne: the most beneficial oil in treating acne. You can add a drop of lavender oil to your skin creams to increase relief and healing. Lavender oil inhibits bacteria and regulates excretion of sebum the main reason for acne.

Hair: Lavender oil is extremely effective in conditions of lice and nits. It is a good treatment for hair loss and male baldness. Rub lavender on regularly on scalp for relief from such conditions. This will show you how to use lavender oil for hair loss.

Digestion: Lavender oil increases food mobility and stimulates production of gastric juices as well as bile. This helps in indigestion, flatulence, colic, stomachpain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mixing the oil with water or rubbing it on the stomach is recommended. Some suggest rubbing Lavender on the soles of your feet.

Skin care:  antiseptic and anti fungal, treats acne, wrinkles, psoriasis and various inflammation of the skin. Initiates healing in wounds, cuts, burns and abrasions. Added to chamomile it can even treat eczema.

Circulation; decrease blood pressure and treats hypertension.


Where to get Lavender Oil: Try Saffire Lavender oil available here.

Precautionary notewomen who are pregnant and breast feeding should avoid lavender oil so must patients with diabetes. Remember it isn’t a miracle cure so don’t start consuming it with food every day. Lavender oil should never be ingested and can cause nausea and diarrhea.

Lemon grass oil is popular among aromatherapists. Its properties contain a variety of beneficial properties helpful in conditions  such as pain relief, depression and acne.


What is Lemon grass oil?

Genus and composition: Cymbopogon Citratus of which the main constituents are Myrcene, Citronellal, Geranyl Acetate, Nerol, Geraniol, Neral, Limonene and Citral.

As in all extracts, Lemon grass oil is also extracted from the lemongrass plant by steam extraction. Lemon grass oil smells sweeter. Less sour and milder than lemons. Lemon grass is widespread ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking. However research studies have observed its potent properties used as an anti inflammatory and anti fungal drug

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Analgesic and Antiseptic: reduces pain and inflammation. Relieves pain in muscle joints, toothaches and headaches. Relieves body pain resulting from sporting and athletic activities. Lemongrass oil is a good antiseptic which can control wounds from becoming septic.

Antidepressant: antidepressant, boosts confidence, relieves anxiety and depression. Use it in your regular black tea to relax.

Antimicrobial and antibacterial:  inhibits growth of bacteria both inside and outside the body. Cures microbial infections like food poisoning and skin diseases, it also helps fight body odor.

Astringent: contracts blood vessels and regulates blood flow in the skin. Lemongrass is an effective astringent that can be used on hair, gums muscles and skin vessels.

Anti-pyretic: reduces fever and can be taken served in black tea for maximum effect.

Carminative: Lemongrass oil can help in conditions of flatulence and gas formation in the intestine.

Where to get Lemongrass oil: Try Soulflower Lemongrass oil available at here

Precautionary noteUndiluted Lemon grass oil can burn your skin. It should always be mixed with a carrier oil.Children and pregnant moms should stay of lemon grass oil as well as those who may suffer allergic reactions such as rash or skin irritation. Although lemongrass is safe oil, if it doesn’t suit you avoid using it.

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In addition to the above oils, you can also explore  essential oils such as Basil, Citronella and Thyme. 


  1. Wow! very interesting. This will really help a friend of mine.


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