Botanical name: Cananga odorata
Common name: Ylang ylang 1st
Plant part: Flower
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Common uses: Ylang ylang has traditionally been used for its calming and balancing properties. It has been known to help relieve extreme mood swings associated with PMS.
Strength of aroma: Strong
Aromatic scent: Sweet, exotic, floral aroma.
Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising. Avoid during pregnancy.
POINT OF INTEREST:
Ylang Ylang grows in the spice islands of Indolesia and is steam extracted from fresh flower petals with the yellow petals are said to give the best oil. The oil has euphoric and sedative effects on the nervous system, helping with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic. The aphrodisiac properties make this a popular wedding flower.
The time taken for the extraction to take place determines the aroma of the oil.
1st: This oil is from the first distillation, is deep in aroma and very sweet.
2nd: Deeper still in aroma, less sweet and more medicinal and deep.
3rd: Much deeper aroma with middle to base note properties and potent medicinal like-aromatic notes.
Complete: The combination of all of the above, the best, true representation of the flower.