Originating in the Philippines, ylang ylang means “flower of flowers” or “fragrance of all fragrances.” This fragrance is traditionally used in aromatherapy to sharpen the senses and for various other purposes. For these reasons, the flowers are spread on the beds of the newly married in Indonesia.
Modern aroma therapists find the scent strongly sedating, easily sending the most reluctant sleeper off to dreamland.
Science, on the other hand, regards ylang ylang essential oil more as a mental stimulant. Can it be both?
Quite possibly it stimulates people’ s minds in one way while relaxing them in another.
Certain less known facts about the lingering fragrance of this oil is-
- Principal constituents of ylang ylang: Linalol, geraniol, eugenol, safrol, ylangol, linalyl benzoate, linalyl acetate, alpha pinene, benzoic acid, cadinene, caryophylelene, creosol, isoeugenol.
- Scent of ylang ylang: The fragrance is intensely sweet, heady, floral, and slightly spicy, with a narcissus or bananalike overtone.
Ylang Ylang oil is uncut, alcohol free, long lasting, high grade essence oil – excellent for aromatherapy uses – to scent candles; freshen potpourri; in soap making; massage oils; bath oil… and of course as a perfume body oil – to smell magnificent.
In today’s world of round the clock working schedule tight packed life…an oil like Ylang Ylang can help soothe you after weeklong hardships. It is said that when used to massage your body, most of Ylang Ylang’s benefits get absorbed into your body, making you smelling of a sweet fragrance & hence a lot more fresh than you previously would have been. It’s soft dainty smell can definitely give you the kind of satisfaction no perfume or cream can provide.
It is a highly valued essence both in perfumery for the power of its delicate flowery note, and in aromatherapy for its action on the nervous system in all symptoms derived from stress, such as hypertension, tachycardia and sleeplessness. From time immemorial the natives of the islands have used the flowers of ylang ylang to treat their hair. In fact, this flower is the main ingredient of the famed Macassar oil. Ylang ylang essence has an hormonal effect and is used in aromatherapy for the cure of many feminine problems.
This is how Ylang Ylang is different from the rest..you name a quality & it possesses it.
The reference sites are -
- Ylang-ylan is a highly appreciated flower in perfumery and aroma therapy
- Principal constituents of ylang ylang
- Ylang Ylang oil acts as a wonderful antidepressant.