Cananga Essential Oil
For many, Cananga Essential Oil is a more affordable alternative to Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, as they are aromatically quite similar. (The reason for this is explained in Cananga Essential Oil Aroma, below.)
However, it’s the similarities between Cananga Essential Oil, Copaiba Essential Oil and Hemp Essential Oil which has elevated Cananga to new levels of popularity.
These three oils are considered the safe alternative to using CBD, which is increasingly distrusted these days.
Cananga Essential Oil Health Benefits
Cananga Essential Oil health benefits are thought to include: Antiseptic + antidepressant + anti-infectious + anti-inflammatory + antiseborrhoeic (preventing or relieving symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis / seborrheic eczema) + antispasmodic + anti-stress + aphrodisiac + cardio tonic + calmative (digestive issues) + central nervous system support (CNS) + emmenagogue + hypotensive (lowers blood pressure) + nervine (nerve tonic) + relaxant + sedative + tonic + vasodilating
Please refer to Glossary Of Terms for more information.
The health benefits of Cananga Essential Oil are unsurprisingly somewhat similar to those of Ylang Ylang. However, Cananga Oil delivers additional, and important benefits that its close cousin cannot.
Cananga Essential Oil Traditional Uses
Native to tropical Asia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Java etc, it is used locally for infectious illnesses like malaria as well as a good number of skincare applications, including insect bites.
It is also widely used as a nervous system support, for things like depression and anxiety, nervous tension and other stress-related illnesses.
Cananga Aromatherapy Oil is profoundly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, so, it has many applications based on these properties alone. It is especially helpful for all autoimmune conditions on this basis.
Owing to high levels of beta-caryophyllene, aka BCP, Cananga Essential Oil is profoundly antibacterial and anti-microbial. It also makes Cananga deeply anti-inflammatory.
(Please see the Cananga Essential Oil and Copaiba Essential Oil section below for more details about the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits of beta-caryophyllene / BCP.)
Plus, studies show that Cananga Essential Oil has antiviral properties, which are particularly helpful for combating chronic Hepatitis B infection.
Cananga Essential Oil Traditional Uses In Brief
Traditional uses of Cananga Essential Oil are many and varied. This list is by no means exhaustive…
- High Blood Pressure + circulatory tonic
- Anxiety + depression + nervous tension + stress
- Brain injuries + reducing neurological damage + stroke
- Parkinson’s Disease + Multiple Sclerosis + Alzheimer’s
- Mental focus
- Symptomatic relief for autoimmune conditions :: arthritis + fibromyalgia + Lupus + IBS + Vasculitis + MS + Rheumatoid Arthritis + Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Graves Disease etc.
Cananga Essential Oil For Skincare
Cananga Essential Oil helps with a good number of skin conditions:
- Oily skin
- Irritated skin
- Acne + Eczema + Psoriasis + Dermatitis etc
- Wound cleansing
- Insect bites
- Insect repellent (including ticks* and mosquitoes)
*Traditionally, Geranium Essential Oil has been the go-to oil as a tick repellent. However, Patchouli Essential Oil is another excellent option.
**There are also organic versions of these oils avaialable.
Cananga, Hemp & Copaiba Essential Oils
In recent years, Cananga, Hemp & Copaiba Essential Oils have all become a lot more popular!
The simple reason for these three aromatherapy oils having gained so much attention is because Cananga Essential Oil, Copaiba Essential Oil and Hemp Essential Oil are all viable alternatives to CBD Oil. More specifically, they provide commensurate benefits to CBD, with none of the increasing number of associated risks of using CBD Oil.
*There are an increasing number of unnatural, synthetic CBD Oils being made in laboratories, the use of which has led to serious injuries and fatalities in recent years.
This is making the purchase of genuine CBD Oil very difficult, especially online.
There is a growing use of novel psychoactive substances containing synthetic cannabinoids… These synthetic drugs replicate the effects of natural cannabis… but they induce more severe adverse effects including respiratory difficulties, hypertension, tachycardia, chest pain, muscle twitches, acute renal failure, anxiety, agitation, psychosis, suicidal ideation, and cognitive impairment. Chronic use of synthetic cannabinoids has been associated with serious psychiatric and medical conditions and even death.
NIH.Gov (National Institute of Health)
Cananga Essential Oil & Copaiba Essential Oil
Copaiba Essential Oil and Cananga Essential Oil are a lot more affordable than Hemp Essential Oil. Plus, both are unusually blessed with a high amount of beta-caryophyllene, a cannabinoid which has been shown to reduce neuroinflammation, (inflammation of the brain).
Because BCP significantly reduces swelling, it is especially helpful for those suffering from brain injuries, and reducing the extent of neurological damage due to stroke. Understandably, Cananga Essential Oil and Copaiba Essential Oil are helpful for autoimmune conditions such as; Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s, etc.
Both Cananga Essential Oil and Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil provide body-wide relief from inflammation.
Beta-caryophyllene is found in a small number of other aromatherapy oils, but in smaller amounts. Nevertheless, considerable mounts are found in Melissa Essential Oil and Black Pepper Essential Oil.
Nevertheless, beta-caryophyllene is one of the dominant compounds found in good quality Cananga Essential Oil and Copaiba Essential Oil, with both of them sharing as much as 50% BCP content.
Poor quality essential oils will contain less BCP than the Wild As the Wind Cananga Essential Oil, which contains 50%.
BCP also provides Cananga Aromatherapy Oil with powerful antibacterial and anti-microbial properties, which is always helpful if applied topically.
*Topical application of this oil, at the right dilution, is the best approach for skin infections.
Cananga Essential Oil Aroma
Cananga Essential Oil is a more affordable alternative to Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. However, there is a slight difference in the aromatic qualities of these two oils.
Cananga Essential Oil is a less ‘heady’ aromatherapy oil than Ylang Ylang Aromatherapy Oil. This is mainly due to the fact that Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is a more pungently floral oil than Cananga Aromatherapy Oil. Notwithstanding, their aromas are otherwise remarkably similar.
The reason there is such an aromatic similarity between Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and Cananga Essential Oil is because the plant material used to make both oils comes from trees which are members of the same plant family; Annonaceae. Plus, the two are also from the same genus; Cananga. And, their species is the same, both being from the odorata species.
What distinguishes the two trees is botanical variation. The tree from which Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is made is var. genuina and the plant from which Cananga Essential Oil is extracted is var. macrophylla.
In terms of botanical ranking, var. genuina is considered superior to var. macrophylla, but that doesn’t stop some people from preferring Cananga Essential Oil to Yllang Ylang Essential Oil.
Those who tend to be a little overwhelmed by the floral strength of Ylang Ylang are a lot more tolerant of the slightly muted, less floral Cananga Essential Oil.
Cananga Essential Oil For Internal Use
The adult dosage for Cananga Balsam Essential Oil when taken internally is one or two drops with a heaped teaspoon of Coconut Oil in the morning followed by one or two drops with Coconut Oil in the evening.
However, everyone is different, so there’s no standard dosage for everyone. It’s always advisable to start using a low dose of Cananga Essential Oil and increase until you find the dosage which works for you.
*Do not exceed 12 drops per day. If using other essential oils do not exceed 12 drops of all the different essential oils you are using.
**Do not heat the Coconut Oil, simply scoop it out of the jar, (it’s usually solid at room temperature in the UK). Drop the Cananga Essential Oil on top, place the combination in your mouth, and allow the Coconut Oil to melt in your mouth.
***Heating cold pressed oils damages the nutrient content.
Further information :: How To Use Essential Oils
Cananga Essential Oil For External Use
Cananga Essential Oil can also be applied topically after it has been properly diluted.
Adults can use varying dilutions, (between 1% – 7%) and should experiment to find the optimal dilution, for best results, for them as an individual.
It’s recommended you start by applying a 1% dilution to the affected area. This can be increased incrementally up to a maximum of a 7% dilution, or until you find the optimal dilution for you as an individual, whether this be a 2%, 3%, 4% or 5% dilution. (We are all different.)
Properly diluted essential oils enter the bloodstream very quickly and have an almost immediate effect.
Whether taken internally or applied topically your Cananga Essential Oil, with your chosen carrier oil, will find its way into your body to be employed where it is needed most.
Consult How To Use Essential Oils if you are unsure how to dilute essential oils in carrier oils.
Should I Take Cananga Essential Oil Internally Or Externally?
Adults are free to choose how to use Cananga Essential Oil based on their personal preference. If you would prefer to apply Cananga Oil topically, then do that. But, if you prefer the convenience of taking your Cananga orally, then all well and good.
However, if you don’t get the desired results from experimenting with different dilutions then may be it’s time to switch the way you are using your Cananga Oil?
CAUTIONS :: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your healthcare professional before using this essential oil.
May cause skin irritation and headaches. Always perform a patch test to see if your essential oils are suitable for you. Rub a drop or two of your diluted Cananga Essential Oil on your inner forearm and leave for 10 minutes. If all is well after this amount of time then you are unlikely to suffer any adverse reaction from this oil.
Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive / intimate areas.
Keep out of reach of children and avoid using this oil around pets, particularly cats.
Wild As The Wind Essential Oils
Wild As The Wind offer one of the most extensive ranges of premium quality, therapeutic grade UK essential oils available online.
Professional therapists use Wild As The Wind Essential Oils, including Osteopaths and Massage Therapists.
Wild As The Wind Essential Oils are also used domestically, for home remedies as well as in green cleaning products etc.
Wild As The Wind Essential Oils Are Suitable For:
- Diffusing & nebulising
- Diluting to make body & bath oils (1% dilution)
- Using in your household first aid kit (average 2% dilution)
- Adding to your shampoos, conditioners & liquid soaps (5 drops per 100ml)
- Diluting to make face oils (2% dilution)
- Formulating effective household cleaners & sanitisers (average 5% dilution)
Please consult How To Use Essential Oils for more information on how to use aromatherapy oils, and how to blend them.
However, not all essential oils are suitable for all applications. For this reason, you must read the specific safety advice, including cautions and contraindications, for the specific essential oils you intend to use.
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Wild As The Wind essential oils are cruelty-free & vegan friendly. They are also some of the purest, most bio-active essential oils in the world.
Cananga Essential Oil is a fantastic addition to the ‘Wild’ essential oil collection. It is very helpful for pain relief just like copaibia but with an uplifting mood effect as an added bonus for us.
The pain my wife suffers from is early osteoporosis and a frozen shoulder, I have a stiff hip that manifests after too much physical hard work.
My wife has really appreciated the massage oil, which has really aided her frozen shoulder, either made with 2 drops of copaibia essential oil or cananga essential oil. Both are as equally good as each other.
Also, when taken orally, 2 drops morning and night, we found that the copaibia essential oil is more calming emotionally whereas the cananga essential oil provides more of an up mood.
Thank you, again, Rachel
Most of this review was originally written in the cistus essential oil review section, but has been moved here.
Rachel Wild –
Thank you so much for this highly informative review. It is always so helpful when people mention the conditions they are suffering from and what the essential oils do in relation to these conditions. So, a massive thank you. What you have written will doubtless help many others. x x
Hazel Hurn –
I recently ordered this Cananga oil to try out on my inflammatory prone skin, I suffer from psoriasis and have been using a mix of copaiba, lavender and geranium with a raspberry seed carrier oil (about 30 drops of each diluted into the 100ml bottle). The addition of the cananga has been highly beneficial and a noticeable progression in terms of easing my symptoms and itching. It also brought my mood to a calm state, more so than I noticed with the copiaba on its own. I also found that copaiba has calming properties, and sometimes, even when I don’t need to apply my oil for my skin I do anyway for the calming effect it has on my mood. I highly recommended this oil for anyone suffering with anxiety or problem skin. Also, it’s important to mention I recently went on holiday to Croatia and I usually get bitten all over by mosquitoes…I applied my oil morning and night, and in the midday sun, (Number 2 Facial oil to my face), I didn’t get a single bite!! My partner and I couldn’t believe it… he even started using it to keep them off him! The Raspberry Seed Oil and essential oils even protected us from the sun. No sunburn! Thank you for such fantastic oils.
Rachel Wild –
Hi Hazel, thanks soooo much…. I’m so pleased you received so many benefits from using this oil. I only wish people knew quite how much natural oils support our health and offer so many protections too! And, because of that, they work out really economical compared to the chemical alternatives, which tend to undermine health instead of supporting it!
Karen Tucker –
I started using this oil (mixed 2/3 drops in a carrier oil) and massaged it into my hands, wrists and in particular my fingers which had been painful and swollen due to arthritis which is worse during the winter. I found that the oil eased the pain almost immediately and after a few days of regular use it had reduced the swelling too. I have continued to use this and found that my joints have been much less painful and swollen and I have been really pleased with the results.