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The ylang ylang tree produces blossoms with an intensely sweet and flowery fragrance. In fact in the Malayan language, ylang ylang mean flower of flowers. In Victorian times the essential oil was an ingredient in the famous Macassar hiar oil used by both men and women to pormote lustrous growth. Today, ylang ylang is used to create floral perfumes.

Ylang ylang essential oil is generally perceived as a warming, intoxicating and aphrodisiac oil. It has the ability to relax, uplift and instill a sense of wellbeing in you. It is a wonderful oil for soothing nervous tension, restlessness and irritability. A few drops added to the bath or diluted as a massage oil can promote sound sleep. Ylang ylang has a reputation for treating and preventing stress-related high blood pressure, palpitations and rapid breathing. It is also useful for premenstrual tension and depression. It is also effective against malaria, typhus and other fevers.

Ylang ylang is often used in candle form, in oil burners or in baths for a romantic setting and to act as an aphrodisiac before love making. It can also be diluted in a carrier oil and used for a sensual massage.