Essential oils/aromatherapy the latest craze, many people using these oils have no idea what they are doing/what and how to mix because they are not certified in aromatherapy. Pyramid marketing housewifes are exploding,sadly not taking the time to become aware of the magical ,healing,history and botanical history of each oil they use. I became certified in 1996,everyone using these oils should aswell.
This particular article is about CANAGA oil (ylang-ylang) one of my favorites……………….enjoy
Two persons and one plant participated in the creation of the world famous fragrance, “Chanel # 5.”
The inventors of this renowned perfume were Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and Ernest Bo (Beaux) who was born in 1881 in Moscow. Bo was the son of the owner of the perfumery company Rallet, which delivered perfumery to the imperial court. He later became Rallet’s director.
|Chanel asked Bo to make “an ideal smell for a woman.” In 1921, he presented two series of samples: from the 1st to the 5th, and from the 20th to the 24th. Chanel chose the 5th, which consisted of the aromas of a rose, a jasmine and Ylang-Ylang flowers.
When questioned about giving it a name, she answered that the collection would be on sale on the 5th day of the 5th month, and consequently it was called “Chanel # 5.”
|Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) is a large evergreen tropical tree of the Annonaceae family, which grows to 100 ft. in height. It has drooping branches and yellow, long-petaled flowers whose fragrance can be smelled from a distance of 30 ft. or more. It originated in Indonesia and is widely distributed in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and the Polynesian islands.
The Annonaceae family is comprised of about 130 tropical and subtropical plants, among which are many well-known exotic fruit trees such as the so-called “custard-apples.” These include a Sugar Apple (Annona squamosa), Soursop (Annona muricata), Cherimoya (Annona cherimola), and Rollinia deliciosa. The family also includes many other fragrant plants, such as Desmos (Desmos chinensis) and Artabotrys (Artabotrys hexapetalus).
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Mystery of Fragrance
|The flowers of the Ylang Ylang are pollinated by night moths; therefore the most intensive smell is released from dusk until dawn. The flowers to be used by the distillation process are picked at sunrise when their aroma is the most intense.
Essential oil is produced using a method of distillation, unlike some other flowers such as the jasmine. The essential oil of jasmine is extracted by its absorbsion into a layer of fat on which the flowers are laid. Only then does distillation become a part of the process. The fat is distilled to obtain the aroma. Those who have read the novel “Perfume” by Patrick Suskind are quite familiar with the theory of aroma extraction…
|The distillation process takes 14 hours and begins in the early morning with the picking of yellow flowers. A copper, hermetically-sealed jar containing approximately 200 pounds of flowers is filled with 15 gallons of water. The result of distillation is about 1-2 liters (or 1-2 quarts) of oil with the most intense aroma that is called “Ylang Ylang Extra.”
Then the process of distillations is repeated and lower-grade oil is produced. It is called simply “Ylang Ylang oil.” The various gradations of concentrated aroma are numbered 1, 2 and 3. Lastly, the distillation produces oil called “Cananga Oil” which is used in fragrant soap manufacturing.
Sometimes instead of distillation, the flowers are used directly for preparation of fragrant soaps, candles, and other products. We put a flower on our car’s dashboard. When it was heated by the sun, it let out a delightful aroma that lasted several days and was far better than any air-freshener.
With the increasing popularity of aromatherapy, there has been a revival of commercial products using Ylang-Ylang from the Philippines. In the provinces of Pampanga and Tarlac there are thousands of hectares (1 hectare = 2.47acres) growing 20,000-30,000 trees. It’s certainly not 1.2 million, but just imagine the aroma! It must difficult to sell perfume where everything smells like Chanel # 5!
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Ylang Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
As a bath oil: Add 1-2 drops to a bath for a soothing effect. Other variations: Add 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang, and 2 drops of juice from a grapefruit.
For Massage: Add 1-2 drops of Ylang Ylang to odorless massage oil. A more refined recipe recommends also adding 5 drops of sandal oil, 4 drops of pink oil and a droplet of patchouli. This mixture will guarantee a great massage.
An aromatic mix: add 8 drops of Ylang Ylang, 8 drops of lemon juice, and 8 drops of basil. If you add a few drops of this mixture to a therapeutic spray, it will work well to relieve weariness and stress, etc.
A Cologne: Obtain 5 ml (about 1/5 oz.) of spirits (It is desirable to do your own clearing rather than using denatured alcohol). Mix the spirits with distilled water to a 50% concentration. (Probably one could use vodka if no other spirits are available). Add 12 drops patchouli, 3 drops of geranium sap, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang, and a little bit of cinnamon (leaves or bark will do). This mixture will produce very fine cologne.
A potpourri: Mix in a glass vessel (that has a hermetically-sealed cover) a little oil of Ylang Ylang (or flowers), a little dry tangerine/orange/lemon peel, some leaves or bark from a cinnamon tree, a bay leaf, and a few leaves from a carnation plant. Keep the vessel closed for 3-4 weeks, periodically shaking it. The resulting tincture can then be used to scent linens, bed sheets, clothes, etc.
You can create your own unique recipes using Ylang Ylang…… thanks to toptropicals.com for this data