About White Magnolia
- INCI name
- MICHELIA ALBA LEAF OIL
- Essential oil name
- Magnolia essential oil
- Part used
- Floral, fruity, musky
- Extraction method
- Steam distillation (China) Fractioned distillation (France)
About the plant
- Common names
- White champaca, White sandalwood, White jade orchid tree
- Latin name
- Michelia × alba
- Botanical family
- Plant detail
- The white flowers bloom on the magnolia tree after 15 to 30 years
Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.
Nearly 100 million years old, the power of the magnolia flower and its Essential Oil is still widely championed today in the health and skincare industry.
Read on for the 101 on Magnolia Essential Oil and how to incorporate it into your everyday habits.
Benefits of White Magnolia Essential Oil
Toxins can build up in our bodies and show up on our skin, mood and health. With its ability to support the liver and encourage lymphatic movement, magnolia oil can act as the ultimate detox, flushing out impurities to leave us looking and feeling rejuvenated.
The volatile components found in magnolia flowers are highly relaxing, most notably when it comes to muscle tension and inflammation.
Particularly effective for women suffering from menstrual cramps, magnolia oil can provide rapid relief, as well as balancing emotions and boosting moods. For maximum pain relief during this time, look to other Essential Oils such as clary sage oil and ylang ylang oil.
3. A natural sedative
According to Dr. Couic Marinier, “Magnolia oil has certain anxiolytic qualities that can directly impact on the central nervous system”.
Magnolia Essential Oil can chemically reduce anxiety and stress by lowering the release of the cortisol hormone, acting as a natural, calming sedative.
4. Aids respiratory problems
Magnolia Essential Oil naturally stimulates corticosteroids (a type of hormone) in the body, which can help ease conditions such as asthma.
Dr. Couic Marinier explains, “Magnolia oil uses its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic compounds to reduce pressure in the lungs and prevent bronchitis, excess coughing and even asthma attacks”.
5. Get a good night's sleep
With its relaxing and sedative properties, Magnolia Essential Oil has the ability to regulate your sleep cycle.
What is White Magnolia Essential Oil used for ?
With its detoxifying and regenerating qualities, magnolia oil can renew your epidermis. Triggering cellular regeneration and blood flow, this wonder oil can leave your skin looking more youthful and radiant than ever.
Formulated from various compounds including beta-caryophyllene, magnolia oil possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties. When used on the skin, Magnolia Essential Oil reduces redness, puffiness and leaves the skin more even and luminous.
For boosted anti-inflammatory treatments, look also to rose oil and petitgrain oil.
Magnolia Essential Oil is a nourishing tonic for the skin. As an excellent moisturizer, magnolia oil can plump the skin and act as the ideal element to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Go one step further and lock in moisture with the likes of neroli oil for ultimate hydration.
Where does White Magnolia Essential Oil come from ?
Originating in ancient Asia and a staple in traditional Chinese medicine, prehistoric fossils have found that the magnolia flower dates back nearly 100 million years.
History of White Magnolia Essential Oil
The magnolia flower remains central to modern Southeast Asian culture, signifying birth and regeneration. In Indonesia, brides wear magnolia garlands as a sign of new beginnings.
A myriad of benefits
The Essential Oil from the bark of the magnolia tree is just as rewarding as the flower, used by Chinese healers to promote energy circulation.
The flower of progress
Through a process of steam distillation, Magnolia Essential Oil offers an intoxicating scent. The large white petals are particularly aromatic and are believed to inspire personal growth and renewal.
Facts about White Magnolia Essential Oil
The ultimate aroma
In order to achieve the full potency of Magnolia Essential Oil, the delicate flowers must be harvested in the dead of night when the aroma is at its peak and distilled immediately.
A sacred aphrodisiac
In traditional aromatherapy, Magnolia Essential Oil was used to stimulate emotion and desire for important ceremonies, such as weddings.
An invigorating ingredient
Due to its fragrant and antibacterial properties, magnolia oil is often used as an additive in chewing gum and mints for a refreshing taste.
Take a tip from traditional Chinese medicine and make Magnolia Essential Oil an integral part of your daily health and beauty rituals.
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