Properties & Uses:
Aphrodisiac *Calming *Emotional Healing *Sleep *Stress *Valentines Day *
Ylang ylang oil is pale yellow in color and has an rich, exotic fragrance that is alluring and sensual. It is one of the more complex scents, a harmonious combination of intense, sweet jasmine-like floral, a hint of spice, and a soft creamy overtone. The oil is steam distilled from flowers that are picked from the cananga tree in the early morning. The distillation process for ylang ylang differs from most other oils since it is interrupted at various points while the oil is removed, and these stages determine the quality it is graded by. The first oil to be drawn is graded Extra or #1 and is the highest quality.
Ylang ylang is an antiseptic oil that is good for the hair and skin, as it stimulates circulation. It is known for its aphrodisiac properties, and since it stimulates and relaxes also, it is no surprise that it is valued for sensual massage oils and fragrances
It blends well with clary sage, ginger, lemongrass, jasmine, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, vetiver, sandalwood, bergamot, orange, chamomile, petitgrain, and clove. Ylang ylang is certainly an enticing scent to include in a massage oil. Blend it with lemongrass and another aphrodisiac such as Sandalwood, and you have quite a romantic blend. Even for those times when I want to relax and enjoy a spirit altering fragrance in an aroma lamp, I often reach for this lovely oil. Just keep in mind that it does not take much, as it is potent.
Side Effects: of Ylang-Ylang
High concentration can cause headache and nausea. Avoid while pregnant or breast-feeding. Beware of adulterations with inferior oils.