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Ylang Ylang Essential Oils

Ylang Ylang is probably the most intensely sweet, fragrant, floral aroma known. Ylang ylang means ‘flower of flowers’ and provides a floral note that is often used in perfumery. The essential oil additionally has great therapeutic value, being soothing, calming and relaxing. This makes it wonderful in stress reducing blends, soothing away anger and frustration. A little of this oil goes a very long way because it has such a dominating effect and tenacious quality. It can be sniffed direct from the bottle at moments of extreme stress, but too much of this oil can cause headache or nausea. It often finds its way into romantic and sensual oil blends, such as 1001 Nights Massage Oil – a sort of relax and let go oil. Try it in blends with bergamot, sweet orange, or other citrus oils, rose or sandalwood.

The distillation process of ylang ylang produces a number of different grades of the oil, with different qualities. The first distillate is known as Extra, and is considered the finest. Successive grades are usually numbered I, II, and III, and a further oil – known as Complete – is created from Extra, I and II.