We've got important news, and it's going to make your Filipino heart super proud. Pinterest reports that searches for ylang-ylang oil—yes, oil derived from the plant that's literally everywhere in the Philippines—shoot up by 91 percent.
Ylang-ylang oil is famous for its soothing aroma, which is why it's often found in essential oil blends. People like smelling it when they're stressed and they want to calm down. They also believe a whiff of it stimulates cognitive performance.
Apart from its wellness benefits, ylang-ylang oil is said to kill head lice (especially when mixed with anise and coconut oil) because it contains permethrin and malathion. It's also considered antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. In India, they apply ylang-ylang oil on the scalp to treat dandruff. It also has antioxidant properties. According to this study, this ingredient has so many benefits, that the researchers recommend brands to explore its commercial potential.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.