Ylang ylang  

Latin:  Cananga odorata

Family:  Annonaceae

Parts Used:   Flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Sweet, warming

Properties:  Anxiolytic, stimulating, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, antimicrobial

Actions:  With that intoxicating scent, ylang ylang is often offered in aromatherapy for its uplifting and stimulating quality while it simultaneously reduces anxiety and blood pressure.  Ylang ylang has often been paired with other scents to improve libido and as an aphrodisiac.  Some find the scent too overwhelming and cloying.  Used sparingly it can help relieve tension, act as an antidepressant and improve mood and wellbeing.

Dosage:  Primarily as an essential oil with usual recommendations of dosage.

Contraindications:   Some are sensitive to this scent.  Usual essential oil precautions.