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Ylang-ylang is common throughout Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. It is also present throughout the native Indo-Malayan region.

The name ylang-ylang is derived from Tagalog, either from the word ilang, meaning 'wilderness', alluding to its natural habitat, or the word ilang-ilan, meaning 'rare', suggestive of its exceptionally delicate scent.

  • Ylang-Ylang essential oil has calming and antidepressant properties. Reduces stress and provides a sense of self confidence.

  • Used as an aphrodisiac and is ideal for creating an exotic atmosphere.

  • Suitable for combination skin as it balances sebum secretion.

  • Suitable for mature skin as it effectively reduces wrinkles and premature aging signs by relaxing face muscles and releasing tension.

  • The bark is used to treat stomach ailments and as a laxative.

  • Fresh flowers are pounded into a paste to treat asthma.

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