Common name: Ylang Ylang Oil
Botanical name: Cananga odorata
Habitat regions: South East Asian Islands, Comoro Islands, Sumatra, Madagascar, Reunion, Philippines, Indonesia and Polynesia
Common method of extraction: Steam distillation
Part of plant used: Flowers
Color: Clear yellowish
Scent: Heavy sweet, fresh, exotic, slightly fruity and balsamic.
Combines well with: geranium, chamomile roman, lavender, lemon, bergamot, orange and sandalwood.
Description: Ylang Ylang, the “flower of flowers” according to Malayan language, is a tropical tree with mauve, pink and yellow flowers which are harvested only in the mornings. The best Ylang Ylang essential oil is supposed to come from the yellow blossoms. Ylang Ylang was used in various traditional remedies in Far East and its essential oil was one of the main ingredients of the popular (in the previous century) hair oil called “Macassar”.
Ylang Ylang flowers are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights, because it is considered as the most powerful natural aphrodisiac and can create sensual mood in newlywed couple.
Ylang Ylang oil properties: Ylang Ylang has powerful antidepressant, euphoric and aphrodisiac properties. What is more, it is antiseptic, anti-infectious, tonic, hypotensive and can stimulate the circulatory system and calm the nervous system. It is considered as a great regulator of the human body.
Therapeutic action: Ylang Ylang oil has become very popular because it is used for sexual inadequacy and dysfunction. Moreover, it can soothe and balance the nervous system and helps with depression, anxiety, stress, high blood pressure and tachycardia.
Additionaly, Ylang Ylang oil is beneficial to various skin disorders and can rejuvenate skin, heal insect bites, acne, balance the secretion of sebum and treat over oily or over dry hair. Also, it stimulates scalp and therefore promote hair growth.
Other medicinal uses of Ylang Ylang includes respiratory regulation, premenstrual syndrome treatment and impotence.
Precautions: Ylang Ylang Oil is generally considered as safe and non-irritant and non-toxic. However, it can cause sensitivity to individuals with sensitive skin or dermatitis and due to its strong scent it may cause nausea and headaches especially if you overuse it.