Ylang Ylang: Cananga odorata
Part Used: Flowers
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Therapeutic properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory, sedative, antidepressant, mood enhancing.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers of the native Indonesian Cananga odorata tree. Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers” and has been used for centuries across tropical areas of Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia and the Polynesian Islands. The flowers were and are still traditionally used in Indonesia to decorate the bed of newly married couples on their wedding night due to their uplifting and aphrodisiac qualities. Ylang Ylang is renowned for its mood enhancing, sedative, antidepressant, beautifying and aphrodisiac properties. It is beneficial for the immune system, cardiovascular system and endocrine system, relaxing the body while liberating the mind of negative emotions. A study found that inhalation of ylang ylang had a sedative effect, by significantly reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure rates as well as heart rate in healthy men. Ylang ylang contains linalool, a compound which has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to be effective at reducing Candida albicans, a fungal infection. In many parts of the world, ylang ylang flowers are pounded into paste and used as an inhalant to treat asthma. When dried, ylang ylang flowers are used to treat malaria symptoms in countries throughout Asia. Ylang ylang is used as a folk remedy to increase sexual desire and reduce sexual anxiety.
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