By Jessica Conway, Kate's Magik Finance + Operations Manager
Harmony-inducing Ylang Ylang Extra essential oil is obtained from the flowers of the tropical fragrant Cananga odorata tree, native to Malaysia & Indonesia. There are different grades of Ylang Ylang essential oil. We chose to use Extra which is produced during the first hour of distillation and considered the best quality for perfuming and aromatherapy. When the flowers first appear, they are greenish, and over the course of 15-20 days, open, turn yellow and release an enveloping aroma in the evening. The calming, floral aroma can be described as warm, seductive, exotic and sweet. In Indonesia, it is tradition to throw the flower petals all over a couple’s bed on their wedding night. Ylang Ylang has been reported to help blood pressure normalize and has antidepressant properties. I personally carry a bottle of Ylang Ylang with me at all times and upon opening the bottle, I immediately feel comforted, the luscious scent fills my senses with a feeling of joy and ease washes over me, melting away any tension.
When applied topically (remember to dilute in a carrier oil), Ylang Ylang essential oil helps drive out anger & negative emotional states, and brings forth feelings of peace, inner-trust and self-confidence (which is why Kate used it in our Wood Nymph Body Perfume Oil). Furthering its therapeutic benefits, Ylang Ylang essential oil is known to be one of the best aphrodisiacs, bringing on feelings of joy, reassurance & euphoria by releasing endorphins to help create that seductive mood. Kate chose to use it in our Venus – A Love Oil where she marries the floral note with sensual Sandalwood & spicy Cardamom to evoke the goddess of love in this blend to attract and entice. In our Aphrodisian Fire Massage + Body Oil, Ylang Ylang is combined with exotic wood essential oils, Sandalwood & Peru Balsam, to enhance romance and excite the senses while evoking Aphrodite, the goddess of love & beauty.
Ylang Ylang is also used in our Passion Fever Diffuser Oil, along with Jasmine & Cardamom, to create an intoxicating blend that will surely set the mood for romance and lets your fiery passion come alive. Ylang Ylang is a key ingredient in these sensual love blends (as well as Sensual Lust & Passion Anointing Oil and Pure Passion Aura Mist) to bring forth passion, love & confidence. Place a few drops of our Passion Rising in a diffuser and let expressive self-confidence soar! Or simply diffuse undiluted Ylang Ylang to help reduce worry, uplift your mood, & ease any anxieties or stresses you are experiencing.