Part of the plant used : flowers
Source : Camores
Extraction method : steam distillation
Ylang Ylang is a large tree native to countries in the Far East such as Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Its yellow flowers are very fragrant and have long petals. The essential oil obtained from it is abundantly available and therefore the cheapest, but it is highly prized for its fragrance in the perfume and cosmetics industries, and is also used today in the food industry.
According to science, organic Ylang Ylang essential oil is a mental stimulant. On the contrary, the world of aromatherapy considers this oil as one of the best oils for mind and body relaxation. Its simple smell is supposed to help reduce blood pressure. Bathing in the oil or using it in a massage oil naturally enhances the experience of relaxation. It is used to relieve stress, depression, shock or anxiety. Used as a hair tonic, it is believed to balance sebum production. However, be aware that high concentrations of ylang ylang can cause headaches or nausea.
Ylang Ylang means flower of flowers in Malay, and was traditionally considered an aphrodisiac and a relaxing fragrance. This is why the flowers of this tree were scattered on the nuptial bed of a newlywed couple in Indonesia. Muslim women used to burn this oil to perfume their harems, the part of the palace reserved for women. In China, perfume was used to purify the robes of mandarins. Ylang-ylang essential oil has long been associated with fragrances and relaxation.