The Ylang Ylang tree originated in the Philippines but now grows throughout tropical Asia. The trees bear fragrant drooping yellow flowers, which are cultivated for the perfume trade. Ylang ylang may be purchased in several commercial grades, including extra, first, second, third and complete. Beware of the less expensive canaga oil, which has an inferior scent.
The word Ylang Ylang means “flowers of flowers” due to the heady floral fragrances of this oil which is well known in perfumes with ylang ylang.
Botanical Name: Canaga odorata
Odor Intensity: Medium
Aroma: sweet, exotic, heavy, floral, rich, wet.
Parts Used: Flowers
Ylang Ylang Properties: antidepressant, antiseptic, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, tonic.
Emotional Concerns: Ylang Ylang is useful in treating anger, anxiety, panic, insomnia and low self-esteem.
Contraindications: Avoid use on damaged skin. Those with a history of low blood pressure or sleep apnea should also avoid using this oil use in moderation; high concentrations can induce headaches or nausea.
Bath Blend for Nervous Tension:
3 drops Ylang Ylang
2 drops Rosewood
3 drops Lavender
1 1/2 tsp of a dispersible bath oils such as red turkey oil.
Add all ingredients to a warm bath; or drip the oils directly into the bath water and disperse with your hand. Relax in the bath for 10 minutes to enjoy.