Cananga odorata (common name, ylang-ylang; pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) is among the most celebrated flowering trees in the world. It was made famous by Coco Chanel in 1923 with the introduction of Chanel No.5 perfume,

Read on to find out why ylang-ylang oil is more than just an expensive scent.

In 40 people, rubbing ylang-ylang oil on their skin caused a significant decrease in blood pressure and increase in skin temperature compared to those who were not exposed to the oil.

In addition, the ylang-ylang oil group rated themselves calmer and more relaxed compared to those not exposed to the oil.

These findings support the claim that ylang-ylang has a relaxing effect, and when used in aromatherapy helps relieve depression and stress.

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.