Cananga oil is derived from the flowers of the cananga tree, which is native to parts of Asia, including Indonesia. It's a member of the Custard Apple family, Annonaceae. Generally, most of the members of this plant family grow up to an average height of 12 metres. The flower is drooping, long-stalked, with six narrow, greenish-yellow petals and yields the highly fragrant essential oil.
The flowers are hydro distilled for their sweet, floral and slightly woody characteristics.
In aromatherapy, this oil is used as an antidepressant and as a sedative. It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac and is believed to stimulate the circulatory system.
Cananga is of the same family as ylang ylang, which can be found in areas such as Madagascar. Cananga is more frequently used when the availability of ylang ylang is limited and / or prices are higher.
Cananga is used in the fragrance industry and is grown only in the East Java region of Blitar and its surrounding areas.
Cananga commands an unwavering interest from the market. Unfortunately the industry is unable to harness the full potential of these opportunities since output is on the decline. There are no new plantations planned for the future. The older trees continue to flower, but reduce each season. Now with the onset of the rains, production is at its lowest so there is nothing to write home about. With no good news coming in for the moment, prices continue at their previous steady levels. Interesting to note here, Van Aroma has initiated efforts to cultivate over 30 hectares of cananga intercropped with patchouli as part of the sustainable cultivation project in Sulawesi. This is poised to bring in a sustainable supply in the long term, and serve as a reliable source of quality cananga oil.
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