Ylang Ylang - "The Flower of Flowers"

Ylang Ylang - "The Flower of Flowers"

January 19, 2018

Ylang Ylang (the flower) is not only beautiful - it’s been called the Flower of Flowers for many reasons! Although it hails from the Philippines, it’s now grown and cultivated in tropical climates around the world. Let’s see what nature cooked up for us this time, shall we?

Although the written history of Ylang Ylang essential oil is miniscule compared to that of Lavender and Frankincense, the tree it comes from has been rooted in the Philippines for hundreds of years. Historians are not quite clear on the timeline, but it’s assumed that in the very-late 19th Century, Cananga odorata had transversed from the Philippines into Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, Tahiti, Malaysia, India, and Indochina. Today, commercial-inspired cultivation has promoted the expansion of the species and it continues to thrive in tropical climates around the world.

Ylang Ylang essential oil was first tested by French chemists in the beginning of the 20th Century, and they were looking for any potential uses for the oil as a supplement for the symptoms of many different infections and abnormalities in health. What they discovered was pretty astounding, Ylang Ylang essential oil was effective for many different things! Notably, infections like malaria, typhus, and intestinal infections, however, it also showed a lot of promise in helping to calm the effects of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Today, Ylang Ylang is one of the most popularly cultivated and used essential oils in the aromatherapy community and it’s used quite often in the perfume and scent industry as well. Much of this is to do with its sweet and relaxing scent, but for aromatherapists it’s an incredible gateway into using and experimenting with different blends of oils. Because if its constituents, it blends wonderfully with many citrusy oils, lavender, and other sweet and flowery oils. Just about every oil you can imagine would work well with a little Ylang Ylang introduced into the fold, making it a perfect binding agent for any profile.

If you’d like a little Ylang Ylang in your life, head on over to www.corked.com and check out our blends! You’ll find Ylang Ylang is available in Mix Your Mood, as well, so you can get started there!

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