Ylang-ylang is a very relaxing essential oil. Ylang-Ylang oil benefits the mind to an enjoyable extent (not as strong as alcohol- but hey, no hangover!). It also helps you let go of anger, tension and other negative emotional energies.
It has been known to improve diabetes, intestinal issues, skin conditions (acne, wrinkles, etc.) by regeneration of skin cells.
It is also known to be a great aphrodisiac and anti-septic. If used properly it can help improve circulation and hypertension and other heart conditions. It is also beneficial when used to improve respiratory function.
Instructions for Use
The most common use of Ylang-ylang is through inhalation. This can be done easily by the use of an oil diffuser or sprayed near the nose (not directly) to get effects almost instantly as it enters the bloodstream.
It can also be added to cosmetics and beauty products as a beautiful fragrance.
History and Additional Information
Cananga odorata is the root tree from which this essential oil is extracted. Parts of this tree were widely used as medical treatment from the both the Eastern and Western parts of the world. It had special importance in Indonesia where it was used spread on the marriage bed of a newly wed couple. In the Philippines, it was used by the slaves to treat snake bites, cuts and burns. It was popular in the Molucca Islands to improve the hair.
- Latin/botanical name: Cananga odorata var genuina.
- Other names: poor man’s jasmine and ilang-ilang.
- Family: Annonaceae
- Part of plant used: Freshly plucked flowers.
- Place of origin: Comores, Reunion, Madagascar, Sumatra and java.
- Odor/fragrance: Sweet and exotic.
- Color: Yellow
- Aroma strength: Strong
- Consistency: medium
- Note: top
Blending Suggestions: ylang-ylang oil is best blended with sandalwood, rosewood, jasmine, lavender, opopanax, rose, bergamot and grapefruit.
Safety Precautions for this Essential Oil: most of the people using this oil have no problems or concerns, but excessive use can lead to headaches, skin sensitivity and nausea with some individuals.
Buy Essential Oil:
Highest Quality: Mountain Rose Herbs
Expect to pay a bit more for a higher quality oil. Always choose the highest quality oil if you plan on using internally or topically.
Best Value: Now Foods
Expect a cheaper price tag for a less refined/pure product. Better if only used for aromatherapy or for a base scent.