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BOTANICAL NAME Cananga odorata


Steam distilled


Pale yellow liquid, sweet floral-balsamic odor

A tropical tree that originates in Indonesia, which in early 19th century spread to Malaysia and the Philippines and is commonly grown in Madagascar, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Comoros Islands. Considered to be an aphrodisiac, in Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights and the oil is widely used in perfumery for oriental or floral themed perfumes such as Chanel No. 5.

Common Uses

  • Heart Health – Known to improve blood flow and fight inflammation, ylang ylang supports a healthy circulatory system and is considered one of the most helpful essential oils for controlling blood pressure. A Korean study published in 2013 found that inhaling ylang ylang had a significant impact on both systolic blood pressure and heart rate among the 29 male subjects.
  • Lifts Your Mood – an antidepressant, it has a soothing effect on the nervous system, relaxes the body and has an uplifting effect on mood.
  • Natural Aphrodisiac – One of the traditional uses of ylang ylang essential oil is to stimulate the libido. It has a fragrance considered by many to be romantic as well as a long history of use in South East Asia as a sexual stimulant for both men and for women. According to American anthropologist Margaret Mead, it was used as such by South Pacific natives such as the Samoan Islanders where she did much of her research.
  • Skin & Hair – It has many cosmetic uses, including: maintaining skin moisture, clearing and healing acne, promoting hair growth and acting as a natural conditioning agent for your hair. Ylang ylang oil also has antimicrobial properties that can help reduce skin irritation and redness.

PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.