What is Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil?
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is a tropical tree native to Asia, or the flower of the tree and the essential oil produced from the flowers. The tree is the Cananga odorata, and the oil is extensively used in making perfumes and in aromatherapy.
In parts of the Pacific Rim, Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil, with its heavy and sweet scent similar to jasmine, is associated with weddings and honeymoons. Its essential oil comes in four grades: ylang extra, ylang I, ylang II, and ylang III. The grades vary based on when the oil is removed in the steam distillation process. The lengthier the distillation, which generally can take up to 24 hours, the lighter the scent of the oil — ylang extra has the strongest scent and ylang III has the weakest. All grades have a fairly heavy scent compared to lighter scented oils, so they should be added carefully to a blend. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can easily overpower less exuberant scents.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is also thought to reduce anxiety and perhaps even relieve depression. Sexual dysfunction or simple lack of interest might be addressed with this scent in an aromalamp or blended in a massage oil. Use in perfume recipes that call for jasmine, if your budget cannot support the purchase of the much more costly jasmine essential oil.