Plants and Health

Ylang-ylang: many health benefits


Ylang ylang is a tree highly prized for its flowers, from which a Essential oilused in perfumeryand aromatherapy.

Ylang-ylang can be grown - whatever the soil type - in a pot, greenhouse, heated veranda, or inside a bright apartment.

Here is a hardy and very resistant tree, Ylang-ylang flowers from its 2 years, then, all the year.

Between history and legend ...

Through talesand legends, the civilizationstried to transcribe and perpetuate the storyof this plant with bewitching scents, about which there is very little written.

A Philippine legend based on a true love story - tells of gods giving a daughter named Ylang to a couple, and

ordered "that no one touch her" !. As an adult, she fell in love with a man who gave her flowers. At their contact, the young girl turned into a majestic tree with fragrant flowers. And since that day, the young man shouts the name of his sweetheart "Ylang, Ylang" ...

Ylang ylang, a virtuous tree

The scientific name of this large tree with gnarled branches is "cananga odorata", derived from "kananga" or "kenonga", its name Malay.

As for "Ylang-ylang", it is its vernacular name derived from "Tagalog", (name of the tree in Filipino) meaning "the flower of flowers".

Fast growing treecan measure from 2 to 30 meters depending on age, Ylang-ylang is characterized by a trunkslightly curved, smooth bark of color Greysilvery white.

Dark green, its elliptical leavesand slightly pointed are 20 cm long. His flowers, suspended from a long rod, vary in color from greenish yellowat pinkand composed of 6 starfish-shaped petals.

His fruits, colored dark greenthen blackwhen ripe, contain between 6 and 12 small, oval and flattened seeds, light brown in color.

Benefits of Ylang ylang

Also called "Ylang-ylang of the Philippines", "Ilang-Ilang of Borneo", "Canang odorant", or spelled "ilang-ilang", this plant from which ripe flowers are extracted, an essential oil by distillation, has unsuspected therapeutic virtues.

Rich in linalool ester and linalool, the main properties of Ylang-ylang essential oil are calming, sedative, antispasmodic, stimulating, hypotensive, relaxing and finally, bradycardizing.

In aromatherapy, it is indicated for different things:

  • anxiety,
  • sleep disorders,
  • high blood pressure,
  • Calm the painful periods,
  • Respiratory spasms
  • ENT disorders,
  • Calm muscle, joint and dental pain,
  • Certain mild heart problems.

Thus, to relieve rheumatism, edema, heavy legs, cellulitis, varicose veins, digestive disorders, neuralgia, etc., the essential oil of ilang-ilang has no secrets.

Used in cosmetic, the essence of ylang-ylang invigorates dermal cells(tired, oily and dull skin) and revitalizesthe hairdull.

In addition to the properties attributed to the Ylang-ylang essence of the Philippines, intellectual stimulationand sexual.

Tips for using Ylang-ylang

For therapeutic purposes, L’HE "Cananga odorata totum ' or"Complete ylang ylang", obtained by whole distillation of the plant, is more suitable.

In external use(cutaneous), it is indicated to dilute1 drop of ylang-ylang essence in 4 drops of ’vegetable oilbefore application and massage of the affected area (thorax, lower abdomen, soles of the feet, etc.).

Ylang yang and hair:

For some hair healthier, a few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil should be diluted in a shampoobefore use.

Diffused, administered by inhalation or orally, these forms of use of essential oil require professional / or medical advice.

Ylang-Ylang EO should be avoided in pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 6 years old.


In case of doubt, it is imperative to consult a doctor.

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Video: Ylang Ylang Origin, Scent Profile in Perfumery, Properties u0026 Effects (October 2020).