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The Properties of Ylang Ylang Oil

Ylang Ylang

The rich floral scent of ylang ylang is the olfactory focus of the classic Chanel No. 5 perfume. The natural aromatic properties of the oil have made the perfume unforgettable, and it’s not surprising why.

Ylang ylang, also known as ilang ilang, is a plant often used in aromatherapy and as an aphrodisiac. It can calm emotions — especially anger and frustration — and regulates adrenaline flow. Physically, it can lower blood pressure and slow a rapid heart beat. People who suffer from depression can benefit from the fragrance of ylang ylang.

The oil was introduced to a Western audience by a French doctor in 1837, who developed it into a hair pomade for men called “Macassar Oil.” The covers for the back of chairs were named “anti-macassars” because it protected the chair from the pomade.

The ylang ylang tree grows in India, Indonesia, Philippines, and other Pacific islands. It is fast growing and can become very tall (over 40 feet in height). While the tree produces fruit, it is the yellow flowers from which the oil is distilled.

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