Ylang-Ylang, Cananga Odorata or perfume tree, is a large tropical tree that is known for the oil produced from its flower petals. Its name “Ylang-Ylang” is Tagalog (Philippine language) for “flowers of flowers” (“Ylang-Ylang | Plant”). This flower is used in perfumery, religious practices, aromatherapy and weddings, while the oil that stems from it, has been known for its numerous medicinal benefits (see below).

Uses & Benefits

The healing properties and “thickening effect on hair” of the Ylang-Ylang oil have made it highly demanded for centuries. In the past and still today, these flowers were used as ornaments for the beds during the wedding nights of newlyweds in Indonesia, due to its invigorating and aphrodisiac virtues. In addition, the plant is known for being a proficient antidepressant, antibacterial, antispasmodic and a sedative.

Improving the heart’s well-being, is also among the flower’s many benefits, as it improves blood flow and reduces inflammation. It is also considered as one of the most dominant good for regulating blood pressure and averting heart arrhythmia, when the essential oil is extracted from the Ylang-Ylang flower.

An enhanced mood will be seen when using the Ylang-Ylang soap (link to website with soap) as its scent has an immediate positive effect on one’s feelings, which acts as minor anti-depressant.

When used to wash your skin, the Dakini Ylang-Ylang soap will help your skin preserve its glow, as it slows down aging.

The plant is well appreciated for its positive effect on impotence in both men and women, as it increases libido. Ylang-ylang also makes you feel more connected to the people around you.

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The English botanist and explorer John Ray (1628–1705) first described the Ylang-ylang tree as Arbor saguisen. In 1860, while Albert Schwenger was stranded in Manila, in the Philippines, he was the first to distill ylang-ylang. Then the plant was introduced to Reunion in 1770 as a ornamental tree by the French. In 1892, the decorative tree had undertaken a large-scale culture not only in Reunion, but also Madagascar and the Comoros islands. The Ylang-ylang flower is one which is typically known to most as it is often hidden in Malaysian and Indonesian women’s hair.

It is the French chemists Garnier and Rechler who recognized the medicinal virtues of the plant in the early twentieth century, following their research in Reunion. They discovered positive effect of the flower against “malaria, typhus and infections of the intestinal tract,” in addition to the appeasing effect on the heart (“Ylang Ylang — Materia Aromatica”).

What is holds?

The existence of the chemical Methyl Benzoate within Ylang-ylang, largely participates in the regulation of the heart (see above), therefore helping people hypertensions, tachycardia and other heart related issues. Moreover, the plant contains Benzyl Benzoate which is very proficient in combating parasites. The chemical is absorbed by the parasites, which reaches their nervous system and gets rid of them. Benzyl Benzoate has also been shown to help prevent the growth of skin cancer cells, and aesthetically preventing aging (“The secrets of Ylang-ylang: Chemical Focus).


The miraculous Ylang-ylang plant from the Philippine is one which has constantly had a high demand, due to its numerous medicinal purposes such as the flower’s anti-aging virtues. These virtues, which also include an enhanced mood due to its scent, can be exploited in its oil, and perfumes, but also with many soaps found on Dakini soaps. There you will find an enriched variety of soaps, with each product having its very own virtues.


“The Secrets Of Ylang-Ylang: Chemical Focus.” Daily Life Science. N.p., 2017. Web. 13 July 2017.

“Ylang Ylang — Materia Aromatica.” Materiaaromatica.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 13 July 2017.

“Ylang-Ylang | Plant.” Encyclopedia Britannica. N.p., 2017. Web. 13 July 2017.