Ylang Ylang

Latin Name

Cananga odorata

Family

Annonaceae

Chemotype

a-Farnesene, Germacrene D, B-Caryophyllene

Distilled Component

Flowers

Traditionally Known Properties

Aphrodisiac, euphoristic, sexual tonic. Antidepressant. Sedative, soothes the central nervous system. Antispasmodic. Hypotensive, antiarrythmic. Skin and hair tonic.

Precautions

Not recommended for pregnant women. Potential skin irritant if not diluted.

Anecdote

The term "Cananga" comes from the Malaysian name for the tree: kenonga (or kananga). The common name "ylang-ylang" comes from the name of the tree in Tagalog (language spoken in the Philippines). The word Ylang-Ylang means "flower of flowers". In Indonesia, it is customary to sprinkle petals of ylang-ylang on the bed of newlyweds before their wedding night for their alleged aphrodisiac effect.