Ylang ylang is a strongly aromatic tropical flower known for its anxiolytic effect. Its aroma may also be an aphrodisiac.
Known as an aphrodisiac, ylang ylang flowers are romanticaly presented on the beds of newlywed couples.
Seven human studies were found on the calming effect of ylang ylang aroma. In vitro studies showed potential as an antifungal, antibacterial, insecticidal, and absorption enhancement. More research is needed.
Latin Name: Cananga odorato
Ylang ylang are the strongly aromatic flowers from a tropical exotic tree.
Flowers are picked in the early morning and steam distilled to make a slightly oil essential oil that is light amber in color, and a very strong, heady floral sweet aroma. An absolute is more commonly made over an essential oil. Ylang ylang oil is given an oil grade based on the distillation process that yields differing oil compostions of extra superior, extra, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3 (Petersen, 2015).