L'Ylang ylang essential oil(or ylang ylang) is extracted from the plantCananga odorata, Kenanga in Indonesian, a tropical tree native to the Philippines and appreciated around the world for its scents.
Ylang Ylang: plant and flower
Is calledCananga odorataand it is the plant from which theylang ylang essential oil. The yalng ylang tree is native to Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines.
It is grown in other areas of the world for its properties and above all for theperfume of its flowers. To emphasize its good scent, the tree is commonly known asscented cananga.
Fortunately therecananga odoratait is a fast growing plant: it can grow up to 5 meters in one year. It reaches an average height of 12 meters. Its leaves are smooth and pointed, they are 13 to 20 cm long. Of the plant, the most interesting part is theflower.
The flower is long, characterized by 6 narrow petals typically yellow or greenish, only rarely are the flowers pink. The flowers resemble a starfish (serpentine star) and the essential oil is extracted from the flowers.
L'ylang ylang essential oilis heavily employed inaromatherapy and is valued for its chemical constituents. The essential oil ofylang-ylanghe is very studied. Of its composition we highlight the following compounds.
Used a lot in the perfume industry and for the preparation of natural detergents. According to studies conducted at the University of Tokyo, by the team of researcher Akio Nakamura, linalool is able to relieve stress.
With strong antimicrobial and insecticidal properties.
- Acetate of Geranyl
This compound is also widely used by the perfume industry, it is often found in lavender or rose creams, and is exploited for its sweet aroma.
It is also found in rosemary essential oil and contributes to the spicy flavor of black pepper. It is used as a food additive and appreciated for its neuroprotective, anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Methyl benzoate
It is used in the perfume industry and also in agriculture as a bait in natural pesticides.
- Sesquiterpene and p-methyl ether cresyl
Some of the compounds of this essential oil seem to relieve hypertension, normalize sebum secretion both in the skin and in the scalp. For this reason, ylang ylang essential oil seems to be excellent for skin and hair care.
Ylang ylang essential oil: properties
From its chemical composition, it is clear that theylang-ylang essential oilit is used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and soothe the senses. It is used as a natural remedy to relieve high blood pressure, to normalize the sebaceous secretion of the skin (useful for those suffering from acne, oily skin and fat hair) and as a natural aphrodisiac.
To support its effectiveness as a natural aphrodisiac was, among others, the anthropologist Margaret Mead. As a natural aphrodisiac it is widely used in the islands in the South Pacific: in Indonesia, the flowers ofylang ylangare placed between the sheets of the couple on the occasion of the wedding night. In the Philippines, the flowers ofylang ylangthey are composed to form garlands to be worn as necklaces by young women: the aroma given off by the flowers, in addition to having an aphrodisiac effect, would improve fertility.
For its aromatic compounds and its good smell, theylang-ylang essential oilit is widely used in perfumeries for the preparation of sweet and floral essences and in oriental perfumes. You will not be surprised to know thatylang-ylang essential oilis one of the ingredients of the famous perfumeChanel n ° 5.
To make a moisturizing body ointment, just dilute a few drops ofylang ylang essential oilin a tablespoon of sweet almond oil. The ointment, prepared in this way, can be used for the skin of the face as well as for the skin of the body.
If you want to prepare an emollient mask for oily hair, you can prepare it by diluting a few drops ofylang ylang oilin a tablespoon of jojoba oil or coconut oil.
For those who want to preparenatural perfumes, L'ylang ylang essential oilit goes well with all floral and wood essences. In this perfume there are notes of neroli and jasmine; no wonder since they share some aromatic compounds.
Where to buy it and price
L'ylang ylang essential oilit can be purchased at natural product shops or by buying and selling online.
Which one to buy? From direct experience I can recommend an excellent product: “to this Amazon page“. It is a 100% pure essential oil of excellent quality. The only note is that shipping is quite slow and I had to wait a week to receive it! If you are not in a hurry, this oil is perfect as it has an excellent quality / price ratio. Many of othersessential oils of ylang ylangthat I have tried areadulteratedor in any case not able to offer the same freshness as the product reported. Theprice?The reported product can be bought with 14.99 euros for the 30 ml bottle. In herbalists, for around 10 euros, you can buy a bottle of 10 or 12 ml.
If you are thinking of preparing a home-made perfume, know thatylang ylang essential oilcombines well with rosewood, jasmine, cedarwood, rose, geranium and bergamot.