Essential Oils – Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oil has a lovely, sweet smell almost reminiscent of tuber rose with its intoxicating nature. Due to the powerful nature of the scent, it is best to use it sparingly. Ylang Ylang is great blended with bergamot, grapefruit, lavender or sandalwood to mellow its intense nature. 

It is said that Coco Chanel chose a blend, made by perfumer Ernest Bo, which contained Ylang Ylang, rose and jasmine; this perfume is reported to be Chanel No. 5. Ylang Ylang is from the custard apple family and is known as the perfume tree and in the Philippines, the name means “flower of flowers.”

Name of Oil: Ylang Ylang
Latin Name: Cananga odorata
Countries of Origin: Seychelles and Mauritius.
Historical Use: It was used as an ingredient in hair preparations in Europe and was called macassar oil. It is also strewn upon the wedding bed in Indonesia.
General Growth, Habitat: Ylang Ylang can grow up to 60’ high. It’s a tropical tree with large, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers.
Parts Used in Distillation: Flowers.
Scent: Sweet, floral, exotic.
Uses: Insomnia, arterial hypertension, palpitations, tachycardia.
Emotional Use: Calming and relaxing.
Safety: Possible skin irritant for sensitive skin; not for use on inflamed skin or dermatitis. Excessive use may cause headaches and nausea. 

Extra Tidbits:

  • For special occasions, add 1-2 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, mix together and apply to skin like a perfume.
  • For moisturizing and nourishing skin, add 1-2 drops of the essential oil to an unscented lotion and apply to skin.
  • To create a sensual atmosphere, use the essential oil in a diffuser; following the safety directions. 

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

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