- Ylang-ylang is the flower of the Cananga Tree.
- It is mostly found in the South East Asian Regions.
- Ylang-ylang is used in aromatherapy, perfumes, and even as a part of some religious and traditional customs.
Cananga odorata, known as the Cananga tree, is a tropical tree that is native from India, through parts of Indochina, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, to Queensland, Australia. It is valued for the perfume extracted from its flowers, called ylang-ylang, which is an essential oil used in aromatherapy. The tree is also called the fragrant Cananga, Macassar-oil plant, or perfume tree. (Wikipedia)
10 Ylang-ylang Flower Facts
These are the 10 amazing facts to know about the different benefits and uses of the wonderful flower, Ylang-ylang.
Oil from the flowers
Ylang-yang is an oil extracted from the flowers of the Canungra tree. This grows in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines too.
This is well known in aroma therapy for its beautiful and unique aroma. It is commonly used in oil burners to create a sense of relaxation inside the household.
Ylang-ylang oil contains compounds which have been shown to relax the central nervous system of the body, promoting stress relief and lowering cortisol levels.
For many people who suffer with high blood pressure, inhale ylang ylang oil from either an oil burner or in steam therapy.
In the Philippines, the flowers of the plant is strung into necklaces along with the flowers of the Sampaguita. These are worn by women as part of a religious custom.
Inhaling the aroma of ylang ylang is also used to normalize sebum secretion for those who suffer with skin problems. It is also added to wonderful relaxing massage oils to achieve the same effect.
The oil is also considered to be an aphrodisiac and has been used throughout history to help those suffering from sexual problems. It is also known as the oil of lovers.
The flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples in Indonesia as part of a tradition to celebrate a new marriage
Flower to Perfume
Ylang-ylang is widely used in perfumes for its amazing smell in some big brand names used by modern women.
It is also commonly used as a flavoring for ice cream in Madagascar.