L’ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) is a plant native to the tropical and subtropical forests of Asia. It is especially cultivated for the making of subtle perfumes as its essence is precious. Ylang-ylang is also known for its therapeutic benefits and virtues. And it is particularly the essential oil of ylang-ylang which is used to fight against anxiety, stress and anxiety attacks which can be difficult to live with on a daily basis. Find out right away everything there is to know about this marvelous plant that is ylang-ylang.
When and how to plant ylang-ylang?
The planting of ylang-ylang takes place during the spring when vegetation restarts. This tree is often planted in pots because of its tropical origin and therefore its specific needs. Upon receipt, it must be repotted in a larger pot. Indeed, in a more temperate climate than the tropics, it must be grown exclusively in large pots.
When the good weather returns, it is quite possible to place it in the garden. The tree can withstand high winds and short periods of frost. To have the chance to see a beautiful bloom, it will need a place of choice in the garden. Place the ylang-ylang in soleil in fresh soil and above all well drained.
After a few years (but relatively few compared to other trees), it will be able to measure up to 18m high and produce a trunk 4 m wide.
During planting, watering should be generous and regular. Water every three days allowing the soil to dry between each watering. Indoors, avoid placing it in rooms equipped with air conditioning, which tends to dry out the ambient air. Indeed, the tree can be the victim of spider mite attacks if the air is not humid enough. To maintain a good hygrometryconsider spraying water on the leaves daily.
The benefits of ylang-ylang
We find the essential oil of ylang-ylang in pharmacy or in specialty stores. It can be used in different ways depending on the desired action. It is possible to l’inhaler by depositing a few drops on a handkerchief or using an inhaler, or using it in oil of massage for the back and the solar plexus. In the latter case, be sure to dilute it to 20% in vegetable oil to avoid burns. As with all essential oils, it should not be ingested or used in its pure form. In addition, the opinion of a doctor is recommended according to your disorders and wishes for action provided by this oil.
The essential oil extracted from the flowers has relaxing properties. In case of anxiety, which is usually manifested by palpitations or increased blood pressure, ylang-ylang essential oil can be a good calming agent.
Ylang-ylang extracts are also aphrodisiacs and help fight impotence.
Finally, its essential oil can also be used on the skin to tone and reduce stretch marks.