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ylang-ylang essential oil

  • Botanical (and family):
    Cananga odorata var. genuina. Family Annonaceae.
  • Distribution:
    Indonesia, Philippines, Madagascar and Comores.
  • Description of plant:
    A small tropical tree with pink, mauve or yellow fragrant flowers. The finer oil is taken from the yellow blooms.
  • Extraction:
    Water or steam distillation from the freshly picked flowers.
  • Charactersitics:
    A yellowish oily liquid of sweet-floral and balsamic-woody odour, with a tenacious and very sweet, balsamic undertone.
  • Odour effects:
    Exotic, heady, relaxing.
  • Cautions:
    Excessive use may lead to headaches and nausea.
  • Main chemical constituents:
    Methyl benzoate, benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, geranyl acetate - 15%
    Beta-caryophyllene, cadinene, farnesene, germacrene, humulene - 40%
    Pinenes - 1%
    Farnesol, geraniol, linalool, benzyl alcohol - 20%
    Methyl Eugenol, eugenol, safrole, p-cresyl-methyl ether - 10%
  • Properties and indications:
    Regulates adrenaline flow and relaxes nervous system, resulting in a feeling of joy. Could ease feelings of anger, shock and fear.
    Hormonal balancer, and a tonic to the womb. Antidepressant and aphrodisiac qualities are well known. Useful with rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat and could reduce blood pressure.
    Has a balancing action on sebum, so is effective for dry and oily skins. Has a tonic and stimulating effect on the scalp.
  • Other uses:
    Extensively used in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes, also for fixative qualities. Used as a flavour ingredient in alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Blends well with:
    Bergamot, Citronella, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Melissa, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood.