Family Name: Cananga
Botanical Name(s): Cananga Odorata
Popular Name(s): Ilang-Ilang and Macassar Oil.
Parts Used: The flowers and essential oil are used.
Habitat: Native to Indonesia and the Philippines.
Description: The tree attains an average height of 12 meters,
grows in full or partial sun. The leaves are long, smooth and glossy.
The flower is greenish yellow or pink, curly like a starfish.
Uses: The herb is used to reduce fevers and to reduce the
symptomatic manifestation of malaria. Externally it is mostly used in
aromatherapy, but has good properties to fight skin irritations, boils
and an all-over boost of sensuality. It is useful in regulating
breathing and heart beat, as well as lowering high blood pressure and is
also used to treat frigidity and impotence. Also it helps with balancing
hormones, PMS and general mood swings.