Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang
Cananga odorata

Botanical Family: Annonaceae (tropical trees and shrubs—custard-apple)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from flowers

Common Primary Uses: Aphrodisiac, Arrhythmia, Calming, Colic, Crying, Diabetes, Exhaustion, Fear, Hair (Loss), High Blood Pressure, Hormonal Balance, Hyperpnea, Libido (Low), Palpitations, Relaxation, Sedative, Stress, Tachycardia, Tension

Common Application Methods: Ylang ylang can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse. It may be beneficial when applied over the thymus (to help stimulate the immune system).

Diffuse or inhale the aroma directly.

Take in capsules.

Properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, and tonic.

Historical Uses: Interestingly enough, the ylang ylang original wild flowers had no fragrance. Through selection and cloning, we have this unique fragrance today. Ylang ylang has been used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night, for skin treatments, to soothe insect bites, and in hair preparations to promote thick, shiny, lustrous hair (it is also reported to help control split ends). It has been used to treat colic, constipation, indigestion, stomachaches, and to regulate the heartbeat and respiration.

French Medicinal Uses: Anxiety, arterial hypertension, depression, diabetes, fatigue (mental), frigidity, hair loss, hyperpnea (reduces), insomnia, palpitations, tachycardia.

Other Possible Uses: Ylang ylang may help with rapid breathing, balancing equilibrium, frustration, balancing heart function, impotence, infection, intestinal problems, sex drive problems, shock, and skin problems.

Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Cardiovascular and Hormonal Systems.

Aromatic Influence: Ylang ylang influences sexual energy and enhances relationships. It may help stimulate the adrenal glands. It is calming and relaxing and may help alleviate anger.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Ylang ylang oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization.

Blend Classification: Personifier and Modifier.

Blends With: Bergamot, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, marjoram, sandalwood, and vetiver.