Cananga Tree – Towering Benefits

Cananga tree is in fact a massive erect structure of goodness. All that is obtained from the tree, cannot be brought under one single topic for sure. The tree is considered a savior in many backward districts of certain countries.

The cananga tree (Cananga odorata) is of the same botanical family (Annonaceae) as the tree which produces ylang ylang essential oil, Cananga odorata var. genuina; however, sometimes the wrong name is used to describe the different trees and the essential oils produced. Both for botany and aromatherapy purposes, it is important to know the differences and the similarities of the cananga trees.

The cananga tree is a tall, tropical tree which grows up to 98 feet high; it has large, aromatic, yellow flowers, identical to those of the ylang ylang. The cananga tree is native to tropical Asia, particularly –

  • Malaysia
  • The Philippines
  • The Molucca islands

Botanically, it is a very close relative of Cananga odorata var. genuina.

Ylang ylang is also a tall, tropical tree, growing up to 65 feet in height; it also has large, aromatic flowers which may be yellow, pink or mauve in color. For the extraction of essential oil, the yellow flowers of ylang ylang are considered superior. Ylang ylang is native to the same tropical regions as the cananga tree.

Both species of the cananga tree produce an essential oil which is used in aromatherapy; to add to the confusion, cananga essential oil is sometimes incorrectly described as ylang ylang essential oil and the latter distillate of ylang ylang is often sold as cananga oil. However, both essential oils have different (yet similar) aromatic properties.

The cananga tree produces a ‘complete’ oil, unlike ylang ylang which produces several distillates; cananga oil is considered of lesser quality than ylang ylang when used in perfumery work, as it is heavier, less delicate and less qualitative than ylang ylang. The first distillate of ylang ylang oil (often known as ylang ylang extra) is the distillate of the highest quality and is valued for its use for perfumery purposes.

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  1. Cananga Oil by Bumina
  2. Cananga Oil by HD
  3. Cananga by Plants

The Countless Properties Of Cananga Oil

Most of the original essential oils have properties with which not many medicines or artificial products can compete. One of such oils is Cananga essential oil. The oil has indeed got countless properties that are no less magical than what science does today.

Cananga odorata var. genuina. It belongs to the Anonaceae family and is known as “flower of flowers”. The tree is the native of Philippines and even in other parts of the Far East. Ylang-ylang oil is extracted from the small beautiful flower by the process of steam distillation.

It has a very exotic and floral fragrance that is liked by almost all people. Smell of it is very pleasant. Ylang-ylang oil is slight yellowish in colour. Due to this reason they are largely present in perfumery industry. They have relaxing properties with its pleasant odour and its sedative effect.

It has to be noted that excessive use of ylang-ylang oil leads to headaches, nausea and vomiting. It is not suitable for those who are allergenic to any smell. There are therapeutic uses for ylang-ylang oil which are –

  • Antiseptic
  • Antidepressant
  • Hypotensive
  • Sedative
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Anti-seborrhoeic

Ylang-ylang consists of geranyl acetate, p-cresyl methyl ether, benzyl acetate, linalool, caryophyllene, methyl benzoate and benzyl benzoate. To prepare the oil, it has to be passed from various stages. Moreover, the extraction of the oil deals with a lot of procedures which are known as pressings.

It is divided in to 3 pressings and the first one is known as ‘extra’ in first pressing it takes more time as it yields high amounts of esters and due to this they have a sweet odour and it is very pleasant whereas in the later pressings it has less-sweet odour. Extra is not used in aromatherapy but it is preferred in the perfumery industry. In aromatherapy, the pressings are combined to form the ylang-ylang essential oil.

Along with benefits there are some disadvantages so before using it one should keep in mind that the oil is regarded as non-irritant, non-toxic and even non-sensitizing oil, but there are irritations reported in very few cases too. It is recommended to test it on small part of body and keep for some time. If irritation occurs then it is not suitable for that skin.

Alright, have a look at our reference links now –

  1. Cananga Oil by Bumina
  2. Cananga Oil by HD
  3. Cananga by Plants