What is Cananga Essential Oil used for?

Cananga essential oil is soothing and can help reduce feelings of anxiety or stress. It naturally helps to elevate mood and promote feelings of balance and peace. Used internally, Cananga supports cellular function and calms the nervous system* It also supports overall immune function throughout the body*.

What is the difference between Ylang Ylang and Cananga?

Cananga and Ylang Ylang essential oil come from the same tree species. Cananga is the macrophylla variety of Cananga odorata, while Ylang Ylang comes from the true variety of Cananga ordorata.

The main difference in the essential oil of the two varieties is that Cananga has higher amounts of the chemical constituent Beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene supports healthy cellular function,* and is particularly soothing to the skin. It also supports healthy nerve and immune function.*

Where does the essential oil of Cananga come from?

The essential oil comes from the flower of the Cananga tree. These flowers are pendulous with narrow, greenish-yellow petals. The flowers can be harvested from the tree about every two months, but the best time of year is during the summer months, mainly between June and August.

The flowers are harvested early in the morning, around sunrise, to avoid the sun shining on the flowers for too long, which would cause the essential oil to start evaporating. Shortly after the harvest the flowers are distilled for the essential oil.



The yellow flowers of the Cananga tree, native to tropical Asia, have been used in traditional practices for centuries. Today, Indonesians still put Cananga flowers on the pillows of newlyweds as a blessing of a happy union. Cananga’s rich history and powerful effects are largely due to its high concentration of beta-caryophyllene, which is a skin-soothing compound found in many essential oils, including Frankincense, Copaiba, and Ylang Ylang. Applied topically, Cananga has renewing properties that can rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. The light, floral fragrance of Cananga can have a calming and uplifting effect when diffused.

Like Ylang Ylang, Cananga essential oil helps to reduce stress and promote calmness. Cananga is soothing to the nervous system* and skin.

Tips for use:

  • Add a few drops to a warm bath of Epsom salts.
  • Take one to two drops internally to calm the nervous system.
  • Use a few drops in your next diffuser blend before bed for added calming benefits.
  • Apply topically to soothe skin and help it look clear and healthy.

doTERRA Cananga Essential Oil (15ml)

Cananga odorata

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Like Ylang Ylang, Cananga essential oil helps to reduce stress and promote calmness. Cananga is soothing to the nervous system* and skin.

Plantendeel: Bloem
Extractiemethode: Stoomdestillatie
Aromatische beschrijving: Warm, zoet, bloemig, en houtachtig
Belangrijkste chemische bestanddelen: β-Caryofylleen, Germacreen D

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