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Botanical Name: Cananga
Plant Part: Flower
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Ylang ylang oil is
extracted from Cananga odorata, also known as flower of flowers. Ylang ylang
is a tall tropical tree about 20meters (60 feet) high with large, tender,
fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers. The yellow heads are viewed as being
the best in terms of quality.
Color: Pale Yellow to Golden
Common Uses: Ylang ylang oil can
assist with problems such as high blood pressure, rapid breathing and
heartbeat, nervous conditions, as well as impotence and frigidity. Spiritual
practitioners claim that the users of Ylang Ylang are those who have been drawn
to the oil, and who in turn, suit it.
Note: Base to Middle
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bergamot,
Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood and Sandalwood.
Aromatic Scent: Ylang Ylang essential
oil has a sweet, exotic, floral scent that is one of the most sought after
History: In Indonesia, Ylang ylang
flower petals are strewn upon the bed of newlywed couples. Ylang ylang was a
popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as Macassar
oil. The word anti-macassar originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was
used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.
Cautions: Ylang Ylang can cause
sensitivity on some people and excessive use of it may lead to headaches and
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