a yellow ylang ylang flower growing on a tree

Use for Heart Health, Enhancing Mood, Increased Libido, Skin Care, Repelling Insects

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  1. BOTANICAL NAME Cananga odorata
  3. PARTS USED Flowers
  4. EXTRACTION METHOD Steam distilled
  5. COLOR Pale yellow
  7. AROMA Sweet, floral-balsamic
  1. Heart Health Known to support a healthy circulatory system ylang ylang reduces blood pressure and heart rate to create a sense of peace and calm.
  2. Mood Enhancer Soothes the nervous system, relaxes the body and helps combat anxiety and has an uplifting effect on mood.
  3. Skin Care Helps maintain skin moisture, clear and heal acne, reduce skin irritation and redness associated with dermatitis, eczema and insect bites.
  4. Natural Aphrodisiac One of the traditional uses of ylang ylang essential oil is to stimulate the libido. It has a fragrance considered by many to be romantic as well as a long history of use in South East Asia as a sexual stimulant for both men and for women.
  5. Insect Repellant Ylang ylang exhibits anti-pest properties and is known to act as a natural fumigant or insecticide to control insects and common pests.

The History of Ylang Ylang

A tropical tree that originates in Indonesia, which in early 19th century spread to Malaysia and the Philippines and is commonly grown in Madagascar, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Comoros Islands. Considered to be an aphrodisiac, in Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights and the oil is widely used in perfumery for oriental or floral themed perfumes such as Chanel No. 5.

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PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.
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