Mystery of Fragrance

It was very early in the 90's morning and the fog was still around my cousin's house when I woke up. Mmmhhhmmm, what's that smell? So fresh and so fragrant! I couldn't help but inhaled the perfume repeatedly! No other smells could compare to it! It felt like I was in paradise! So very fragrant, rich and deep with notes of rubber and custard, and bright with hints of jasmine and neroli! My cousin Miss Louie said it was ylang-ylang. Hubby bought me seeds to plant since it's my favorite fragrance/flower and researched this for me...

Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) a.k.a Perfume Tree.

Originating in the Philippines, ylang ylang means “flower of flowers” or “fragrance of all fragrances.” This fragrance is traditionally used in aromatherapy to sharpen the senses and to temper depression, fear, anger, and jealousy. For these reasons, and also because of its reputation as an aphrodisiac, the flowers are spread on the beds of the newly married in Indonesia. Modern aromatherapists find the scent strongly sedating, easily sending the most reluctant sleeper off to dreamland. Science, on the other hand, regards ylang ylang essential oil more as a mental stimulant. Can it be both? Quite possibly it stimulates people’ s minds in one way while relaxing them in another.

Ylang ylang is also widely used as a cosmetic when mixed with coconut oil. People throughout the tropics use it to protect their hair from salt water damage. Today, as one of the most abundant and least expensive of the true floral-smelling essential oils, it is a favorite in perfumes and cosmetics and is even added to some beverages and desserts. The essential oil varies greatly due to climatic and botanical differences. As a result, there are several commercial grades with distinct scents.

Therapeutic properties of ylang ylang: Antidepressant; stimulates circulation, relieves muscle spasms, lowers blood pressure, relaxes nerves.

Uses for ylang ylang: Of all the essential oils, ylang ylang is one of the best at relaxing the mind and the body. Simply sniffing it can slightly lower blood pressure, although taking a bath with the oil or using it in a massage oil greatly enhances the relaxation experience. It can be helpful in cases of stress, shock, or anxiety. When used as a hair tonic, it balances oil production. Add about 6 drops to every ounce of hair conditioner. Note that when one buys Ylang-Ylang oil on the Internet, he or she has to pay 10 to 20 times as much as it costs in the Philippines. That's enough profit to think about growing one's own groves of Ylang-Ylang.

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March 14, 2007 at 3:18 PM

well, what I like most of your personal info is that you say you are married to the most charming man...I hope this will never change in your life.


March 14, 2007 at 3:24 PM

yeah thanks.