Plant part: Flowers
Blends well with: Cypress, Geranium, Cedarwood and Jasmine
Aroma: Cananga has a sweet, floral aroma similar to Ylang Ylang
Color: Pale to dark yellow
Imagine this for a moment: romance is in the air, the petals are on the bed, the chocolate has been eaten, and the candles are lit…this would be a perfect time to diffuse Cananga essential oil. You read that right. The sweetly romantic aroma is a known aphrodisiac. In fact, Cananga flowers are typically put on the beds of newlyweds to enhance the mood of such a special night. And when the night is over, Cananga oil can be used topically to decrease swelling and ease those sore joints. It’s not only a romantic essential oil, but it sure is sweet! A couple drops in a diffuser can ease tension and promote a calm sense of euphoria. It has even shown to be beneficial in fighting the cold and flu. It is truly a versatile essential oil!
Cananga odorata, which comes from the Cananga tree, is a tropical species that originates in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is grown specifically for its flowers, which are used as decorations in festivals and celebrations. It is these flowers which are steam distilled to create Cananga essential oil. It is a thin oil, with a color which varies in shades of yellow, and it is sweetly fragrant.
Cananga Essential Oil Uses
Nervous System: Reduces stress and anxiety.
Circulatory System: Decreases swelling, reduces arthritis and rheumatism.
Respiratory System: Reduces congestion, fights cold.
Therapeutic Properties: aphrodisiac, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-seborrheic, antiseptic, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine regulator, sedative (nervous), stimulant (circulatory), tonic
Recipes With Cananga Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Cananga oil
- 5 drops of Tea Tree oil
- 5 drops of Lemon oil
- Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed.
- 1 drop of Cananga oil
- 1 drop of Peppermint oil
- 2 drops of Frankincense oil
- 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
- ½ cup of epsom salts
- Stir together and add to running bath water for a relaxing soak.
- 35 drops of Cananga oil
- 30 drops of Eucalyptus oil
- 25 drops of Tea Tree oil
- 10 drops of Lemon oil
- Add to small dish and mix well. Place your head over a bowl of steamy water, covering your head with a large towel to keep the steam in. Keeping your eyes closed; add 2 drops of the essential oil mixture. Inhale through your nose, breathing deeply, for 5 minutes, or until the essential oils evaporate and you find relief from congestion
- 10 drops of Cananga oil
- 10 drops of Tea Tree oil
- 4 drops of Clary Sage oil
- 2 ounces of aloe vera gel
- Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle; use a glass stirring rod to mix. Apply on the infected area. 2-3 times daily or as needed until infection clears.