(Ylang Ylang) Cananga odorata
Cananga Odorata is a tropical tree that is native to India. It is however also common in Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Queensland and Indonesia. It is a highly valued plant and this is attributed to the nice perfume that is extracted from it. The cananga odorata is a fast growing tree and it attains a height of up to 12 metres. It has evergreen leaves that are smooth, glossy and oval in shape. Its flowers, white in colour with greenish to yellow streaks are useful in manufacture of perfumes. Besides this, the odarata also has a number of medicinal properties that makes it an important plant.
- Relieves depression
Recent researches has established that the Cananga Odorata is very good at relieving depression. This is made possible by the essential oils found in this plant that are used in aromatherapy to relieve depression. It relaxes the body and calms the mind helping in driving away stress, anxiety and sadness that all predispose people to depression. It helps elevate mood and induces a feeling of joy and happiness making it an effective natural option in the treatment of those undergoing nervous breakdown and chronic depression.
- Anti-inflammatory properties
Inflammation is always implicated in the pain our bodies experience during injuries and diseases. To manage pain, it is therefore very important to curb the inflammatory process. If looking for a natural means, then the Canaga Odonata would be an ideal option. This plant has a very good anti-inflammatory activity making it a good remedy in management of pain.
Without adequate care, wounds are prone to being infected prolonging healing. Sometimes these Infections would even lead to death when the central nervous system is affected in tetanus. It is always advisable to clean wounds with antiseptic to avoid infections. The canaga odorata has antimicrobial activity that makes it a good option in the cleaning and dressing of wounds. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that would also be important in relieving pain from the wounds.
- Lowers high blood pressure
A lot of people across the globe are currently suffering from high blood pressure and this is majorly attributed to lifestyle. Recent studies have been able to demonstrate that there are agents in the Cnanga Odorata that are able to reduce blood pressure in those with hypertension. Its advantage over the pharmacological drugs are that it has no side effects and this makes it safer to use for long period of time.
- Treatment of skin infections
The cananga odorata has a strong ant seborrheic activity that makes it a good medicine in the treatment of skin infections that arise from the malfunction of the sebaceous glands. Failure of the sebaceous glands result in irregular sebum production that cause infection to the skin.
How to use canaga odorata
The essential oil from the canaga odorata is one form in which this herb is used in treatment of several conditions. Its powder from the dried leaves and flowers is also another way of using it for medicinal purposes.