In the Philippines, some of the common essential oils used in aromatherapy extracted from plants that grow in the country are: ylang ylang (cananga odorata
), lemon grass (citronella), patchouli, vertiver, castor seeds (castor oil), pili, eucalyptus (mint), malunggay, sampaguita, sambong and ginger.
Topping my list would be ylang-ylang, another large tropical tree (Cananga odorata
) that I'll never be able to grow, but whose sweet, tropical fragrance does make me swoon.
While many essential oils are now known to cause skin sensitization and dermatitis, the testing of fragrance oils that may contain such essential oils, for example Santalum album, Cananga odorata
, Jasminum species, Mentha piperita, Melaleuca alternifolia, tea tree oil, and Lavandula angustifolia, may not reveal this potential safety concern (unless such essential oils are tested themselves).
Cleistopholine isolated from Cananga odorata
and Saprosma hainanense exerts cytotoxic effects on other cancer cells, such as hepatocarcinoma cell lines (Hsieh et al.
The book also identifies 56 flowering plants inclusive of cempaka (Michelia champaka), kenanga (Cananga odorata
) and jasmine (Jasminium sambac) besides 44 numbers of fruit plants inclusive of durian (Durio zibethinus), rambutan (Nepheliun lappaceum), pomegranate (Punica granatum), and banana (Musa paradisica).