Ylang Ylang known as Flower of Flowers in folklore is a sweet floral oil that will lift the spirits and counteract general irritability. Has a reputation as a sensual oil and since Victorian times it has been used for its positive effects on the hair and scalp. Many aromatherpists prefer to use it blended with a touch of Lavender or a Citrus.
Source: Cananga odorata is grown commercially in Madagascar, the Philippines and Reunion Island.
Extraction: Ylang Ylang essential oil is steam distilled from the freshly picked flowers of the tropical tree.
Aroma: Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet, potent floral scent, reminiscent of hyacinth or narcissus.
Uses: Massage, baths vaporisation and may be added to base emollients.
It is such a potent, sweet smell that it is best used sparingly. A few drops in any massage or bath will soothe away stress, improve your mood and stimulate the senses. Ylang Ylang essential oil is one of the best oils for calming and relaxing without sedating.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Clove, Eucalyptus Lemon, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, May Chang, Mandarin, Neroli, Opopanax, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peru Balsam, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tuberose and Vetiver.
Caution: Dilute Ylang Ylang essential oil to 5% or less in a carrier oil before application.