Ylang Ylang … means “flower of flowers.” The tree is a member of the Annonaceae family and grows in Asia. Ylang Ylang primarily grows on the Comoro Islands, Reunion and Madagascar.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is distilled from the greenish-yellow, starfish shaped flowers produced year-round. Ylang Ylang produces four commercial grades: Extra (the finest, first distillation), One, Two and Three.
Ylang Ylang essential oils have deeply relaxing effects, helping normalize extreme emotions like anxiety, fear and anger. It is used mostly in perfumes and predominately in men’s fragrances because its floral sweetness is so unlike rose, which is a common ingredient in many feminine perfumes.
Restraint is the key to success with ylang ylang essential oil. It tends to dominate a fragrance, so use it in small amounts either alone or with other oils. A high concentration of ylang ylang may produce headaches in sensitive individuals. However, in low doses, ylang ylang evokes an exotic sensual atmosphere. When blending essential oils, use ylang ylang in amounts that seem too small. Let the blend age for several days before evaluating the aroma. Aging allows the power and radiance of the ylang ylang to expand throughout the essential oil blend and reach its ultimate presence. Surprisingly, an essential oil blend comprised of as little as five to 10 percent of ylang ylang smells like a 20 to 30 percent concentration of other essential oils.
Aromatherapy Notes, Aura Cacia.