Ylang ylang is an essential oil from the flowers of the cananga tree, which is native to India and other parts of Asia and Australia. The name comes from the Tagalog word ilang, meaning wilderness. Ylang ylang is part of various perfumes and scents, but the essential oil has many purported health benefits.
Research shows ylang ylang has positive psychological benefits, including anti-depressant properties and mood-enhancing effects. This means it could help reduce stress and anxiety and boost positive emotions such as optimism and joy. Some studies also indicate the scent can promote calmness and relaxation.
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