The Cananga odorata, more commonly known as the Ylang-ylang, hails from China and is also known as the “flower of flowers.” It has long been used in Asian countries such as the Philippines as treatment for a variety of ailments such as cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. Its oil was also a main ingredient in Macassar oil which was a hair pomade that became popular in Victorian England. It is also considered an aphrodisiac in Indonesia where the flowers from the Ylang ylang are spread on the bed of newlyweds.
The ylang-ylang tree grows in tropical climates and is a very common flowering plant in Southeast Asia. In ideal climates with soils similar to its natural rainforest habitat, the plant can grow up to more than 5 meters (16 feet) per year. It boasts evergreen leaves that are smooth, glossy and oval in shape. The plant is adorned with long-stalked, drooping flowers with greenish-yellow petals.
The ylang-ylang’s essential oil is derived from steam distillation of the plant’s flowers which then produces a thin liquid, pale yellow to deep orange in color. It has a sweet and floral scent with slightly fruity and gentle tropical undertones and a middle- base note. Its aroma blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Copaiba, Geranium, Grapefruit Pink, Mandarin, Neroli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.
The ylang-ylang was a popular flower in Asian countries and is still being used for its essential oil in the 21st century. Find out more about the ylang-ylang essential oil’s benefits and recipes that you can make!
Ylang-ylang is commonly found in cosmetics and perfume because of its unique and powerful (yet gentle) tropical scent. It is usually found in women’s cosmetics and perfume because of its more floral aroma. The scent of the ylang-ylang can be found in perfumes such as Chanel No. 5, Ylang Austral by Givenchy, Eau de Cartier Essence de Paradis by Cartier, Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, J’adore Extrait de Parfum by Christian Dior, and Mi Corazon by Oscar de la Renta to name a few. You can smell as amazing without having to spend as much just by following this simple recipe for a solid perfume!
Add the Beeswax, Meadowfoam Carrier Oil and essential oil into the jar. Put it in the double boiler with a little bit of water underneath on medium heat. Continue to stir until beeswax melts. Carefully pour mixture into a storage container. Let sit until cooled. To use, simply rub the perfume surface with your finger and then dab on skin.
Ylang ylang has long been used to aid in relaxation and has been considered a natural remedy for various emotional issues. It is known to help fight depression by relaxing the body and helping with feelings of anxiety and stress. It also has an uplifting and calming effect on mood. Ylang ylang is also known to be a sedative because of its calming effect, helping those in shock or undergoing nervous breakdowns.
Our amazing aromatherapists here at Simply Earth have made sure that the uses of the Ylang Ylang Essential Oil are maximized and have come up with some great recipes just to help those in need of some relaxation and mood-boosting!
De-stressing is immediately easier with this De-stress mist that you can carry around with you.
1 oz Distilled Water
1 oz Grain Alcohol (120-190 proof)
2 oz Amber Glass Spray Bottle
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
8 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
4 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Shake bottle to mix and spray when you need to de-stress.
Ylang ylang is also known to help insomniacs and those feeling emotionally and physically fatigued because of its sedative effects. Follow this rub recipe and use it before going to bed to sleep better and rest easier.
Melt Beeswax and Coconut Oil in a double boiler. Stir to help to melt along.
Add essential oils to a glass container. Once Beeswax and Coconut Oil are melted, pour into a glass container. Lightly stir. Cover and allow to cool.
How to use:
Slather on the bottom of feet and cover with socks before bed.
Apply to pulse points on wrists and behind ears, then occasionally bring wrists toward the nose and take several deep breaths in and out.
Use as a “lotion” on arms and legs.
Inhalers are also a good choice for those always on the go. De-stress in a minute and catch your breath in between meetings or rushing from class to class. Simply follow these recipes, depending on the scent that you would want, and carry it with you wherever!
Add drops to wick of inhaler and inhale as needed.
Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed.
Tension Release Personal Inhaler
Add drops to wick and inhale as needed
Or Make “Stock Bottle” of above blend and add to your Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
The essential oil derived from the ylang-ylang can help you achieve the glowy and beautiful skin that everyone aims for. It has antiseborrheic properties that help control and regularizes sebum. It is also known for being an essential oil that maintains the moisture of the skin. Wrinkles and other skin aging problems are mostly caused by lack of moisture on the skin and with the ylang-ylang’s ability to maintain moisture, it can keep skin looking soft, smooth and young as can be.
Anti-inflammatory properties of this essential oil also makes it ideal for those who experience muscle pain. Its soothing properties can help relieve strains and cramps, and its relaxing properties make it a good choice for those fatigued after work or strained after a workout. This recipe for a massage oil is easy to follow and is a hundred percent pure and natural. The calming effects of the beautiful combination of essential oils will relax you in a jiffy.
Add to bottle and shake to mix well. Apply to the skin after bath or for full body massage.
What’s your choice of weapon against stress and fatigue? I personally would love carrying around essential oil inhalers with my choice of different scents! They’re so handy and would serve me well when I’m stressed and out of the house. Try these recipes out and let us know what you think!