Aromatherapy and the fragrance industry


 Ylang Ylang oil…you know where did it originate from??? Yes! Philippines it is!! Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers” or “fragrance of all fragrances.”

And hence….the very fragrance is traditionally used in aromatherapy  to put the senses on alert and to attack depression, fear, anger, and jealousy…….for these and myriad  other reasons, the oil is illustrious in the world today.

Modern aromatherapists find its smell strongly pacifying & soothing , easily sending the most obstinate of insomniac to utopia. And well….. our very own scientists call it a mental stimulant! It possesses both the qualities….Quite possibly it stimulates people’ s minds in one way while relaxing them in another.

You know….Ylang ylang is also widely used as a cosmetic when mixed with coconut oil….people all over the tropical regions use it extensively and apply it to their hair…you know to protect it from that salty water there.

Today, it is stupendous and least expensive of the true floral-smelling essential oils, it is a favourite in perfumes and cosmetics and is even added to some beverages and desserts( isn’t that amazing? )….tho’ there are varitaions greatly due to climatic and botanical differences….

It constitutes:  ylangol,  alpha pinene, benzoic acid, cadinene, caryophylelene, creosollinalyl benzoate, linalyl acetate,isoeugenol,linalool , geraniol, eugenol, safrol.


The fragrance is extremely sweet, heady, floral, and slightly spicy, with hint of a banana.

Therapeutic properties of ylang ylang:

Antidepressant; stimulates circulation, relieves muscle spasms, lowers blood pressure, relaxes nerves

Uses for ylang ylang:

 Of all the essential oils, ylang ylang is one of the best at relaxing the mind and the body….Simply inahling it can slightly lower blood pressure, although taking a bath with the oil or using it in a massage oil greatly maximises the relaxation experience……..what is even more beneficial is that it can be helpful in cases of stress, shock, or anxiety….well…there’s more to it…when used as a hair tonic, it balances oil production….Take my word…try adding about 6 drops to every ounce of your hair conditioner and see the magic.

Let me impart some more knowledge….The ylang ylang tree produces large delicate flowers year around that are various shades yellow, pink or mauve and harvested primarily for the production of essential oil….The yellow flowers have long trailing petals and a strong, sweet aromatic scent……The ylang ylang flowers are ideal in the manufacturing of perfumes. Few flowers compare to the signature ylang ylang scents consisting of heavy, sweet floral aromas that are sometimes blended with jasmine oil, rose oil and cardamom.

Reason Ylang Ylang is used in aromatherapies…

The yellow flowers of the tree are actually preferred favourites over other colors for the steam extraction of ylang ylang essential oil…..They are freshly picked very early in the morning, tusually for the consistency of the production of oil the whole-year-round….Ylang Ylang’s yellow flowers are steam distilled in fractionated rounds to separate the delicate, topmost, floral notes from the more bourbon earthy type notes of following fractionations…..The Cananga odorata essential oil is extensively used in aromatherapy and the making of perfumes.


Referenced Links :

Lisa Maliga:  Aromatherapy Spotlight on Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Aromatherapy:  Ylang- Ylang  oil has the aptitude to cause relaxation as well as inspire and inculcate a feeling of wellness

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