Cananga odorata ct. macrophylla – plant family: Annonaceae
Type of plant: Flowering tree growing to 50 feet with glossy leaves and large, fragrant yellow flowers
Part used: Flowers
Method of extraction: Hydro or steam distillation
Data: The tree grows in tropical areas of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and other Asian countries, where the flowers are used in decoration and ceremony. It is sometimes used as a substitute for ylang ylang, as the aroma of cananga is similar, although less intensely floral.
Principal places of production: Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia
When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a floral-type aroma
Therapeutic properties: Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, hypotensive, sedative
Therapeutic uses: Inflamed skin, physical exhaustion, stress, tension, nervousness, anxiety; perfumery, skin care
Blends well with: Bergamot, carnation, cinnamon leaf, clary sage, clove bud, eucalyptus lemon, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavandin, lemon, linden blossom, magnolia leaf, mandarin, may chang, neroli, orange (sweet), palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose absolute, sandalwood, vetiver
Precautionary advice: No contraindications. GRAS status.