Ylang ylang essential oil is derived from the pretty, star-shaped flowers of the Cananga tree. Found throughout the tropical regions of Southeast Asia, ylang ylang trees fill the air with the sweet scent of their blooms.
Legend claims that those who need the benefits of ylang ylang find themselves drawn instinctively to its scent. In fact, the rich aroma of this irresistible oil is so alluring that it’s often used in luxury fragrances. Sometimes known as the ‘Queen of the Perfume World’, ylang ylang essential oil is one of the key ingredients used in a number of classic perfumes.
The unmistakable scent of ylang ylang is also thought to be a natural aphrodisiac and so, according to tradition, the beds of newlyweds in Indonesia are scattered with ylang ylang petals.
Ylang ylang essential oil benefits
More than just a pretty scent, ylang ylang essential oil is thought to offer a whole range of benefits. Often applied topically on the skin or diffused to reduce stress and kill germs, there are some who believe ylang ylang oil also helps to lower blood pressure and increase libido in both men and women.
Many claim ylang ylang oil can be used as an effective insect repellent, while others believe it can encourage the healing of skin damage. Ylang ylang is often used in products that claim to reduce the visibility of scars and, for those who struggle with aches and pains, it’s also believed that ylang ylang can reduce inflammation in muscles and joints.
Ylang ylang essential oil uses
One of the most popular uses of ylang ylang essential oil is on the skin. Many believe that this sweet-smelling floral oil can reduce wrinkles and the signs of ageing. Ylang ylang is sometimes used for the treatment of breakouts on oily skin, where it’s believed to offer soothing antibacterial qualities.
Thanks to its floral base notes, ylang ylang is a great choice for blending with other floral oils. Create beautiful fragrances with a real pull by combining ylang ylang with rose, jasmine, bergamot or lavender. Or combine ylang ylang with other relaxing oils such as frankincense and patchouli for a soothing base to use in homemade blends.
Ylang ylang essential oil facts
|Botanical Name:||Cananga odorata|
|Colour:||Pale Yellow to Golden|
|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 aromas|