Cananga oil is used as a cheaper substitute for ylang ylang oil since the two have quite similar scents, but the fragrance of cananga oil is just a tad greener and less floral than that of ylang ylang oil. Cananga oil is useful for relieving anxiety, stress, nervous tension, and high blood pressure, and treating oily skin, oily hair, and insect bites. It is also used as a stimulant, sedative, antidepressant and aphrodisiac.
Other medicinal benefits of cananga oil include being used to treat:
Moisturizing the hair, scalp and skin,
Stimulating hair growth,
Inducing sleep for those who suffer from insomnia,
Lowering high blood pressure,
Regulating rapid breathing and irregular heartbeat, and
Soothing irritated skin.
Cananga oil is also used as a flavoring agent in puddings, gelatins and beverages as well as a component in:
Face creams, and
Pro tips: Mix cananga oil with a few drops of hazelnut oil. Warm the mixture and apply on your hair in the mornings after shampooing. Massage your scalp with it to make your hair more shiny and healthy.