Ylang Ylang Essential Oil




Ylang Ylang Essential Oil- Cananga odorata var. genuina

Read more about the benefits of Ylang Ylang essential oil.

This Ylang Ylang essential oil is sourced from Madagascar. The oil is extracted from the delicate flowers by steam distillation. Ylang Ylang Complete is produced by a full distillation and is the grade of Ylang Ylang preferred by many other aromatherapists due to the fact that a complete distillation gives you the full spectrum of constituents that can be extracted from these blossoms.

In the Malay Language, Ylang Ylang means “Flower of Flowers” and in some areas of SE Asia, the blossoms are spread on the beds of newlyweds so that their intoxicating aroma will relax and bring joy to the young lovers and arouse their passions. In aromatherapy, the essential oil has been described as calming the mind and heart and gently lifting the mood and spirits. At the same time, it’s been said to have a grounding and stabilizing effect when there has been emotional upset or trauma. As you may guess from the traditional use of the flowers, some people consider the essential oil to have gentle aphrodisiac effects.

Ylang Ylang essential oil is used in aromatherapy in preparations for the hair and skin and is said to encourage glossy, fuller hair and to nourish mature skin. It has been said that this essential oil helps to regulate the production of sebum and so is a good choice for use with all skin types. Some aromatherapists have described it as a general tonic for body, mind, and spirit.

Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil is best used for inhalation since it is a moderate skin sensitizer. That said, if used on the skin, a maximum concentration of 0.8% is recommended so be sure to dilute it well in a fatty base, such as vegetable oil, before use on the skin. For a luxurious bath, dilute one drop in 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, add this to the bath and swirl the water around with your foot to disperse the oil mixture before entering the tub (be careful, it will make the tub slippery!).

If the aroma of Ylang Ylang Complete is too floral and sweet for your tastes, it mixes well with many other essential oils to create unique scents and this is our favorite way to use it; citrus oils lighten and lift its aroma while mixing it with vetiver deepens it and, in our opinion, increases it’s reported grounding, nurturing and stabilizing actions.

In the Hawaiian Islands, Ylang-Ylang blossoms are mixed with coconut oil in a mixture, known as borriborri, which is rubbed on the body and hair. The essential oil was used in Europe and America during the Victorian era in a popular hair treatment called Macassar oil and was also used to soothe insect bites. In parts of SE Asia, preparations of Ylang Ylang blossoms were traditionally used to fight infections.

In Chinese Medicine, the energetic signature of Ylang Ylang is described as cool and moist, and the essential oil has been called a Yin tonic. It’s Chinese Medicine actions have been reported as follows:

–       Clears heat from the Heart (caused by nervous tension and resulting in tachycardia, palpitations, hypertension)

–       Harmonizes the Mind (Shen) and calms the Nervous System (cools down states of restless agitation; promotes sleep)

–       Tonifies reproductive Qi

According to Gabriel Mojay, who is known for his writings on the Chinese Medicine aspects of aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang helps to reunite our emotions with our body and with our sensual nature and is helpful for people who have become emotionally “dried up” or “numb”.


Key Constituents:



Benzyl benzoate



Benzyl salicylate

Geranyl acetate

Methyl benzoate


p-Cresyl methyl ether

Benzyl acetate






Safety Information:

Ylang Ylang essential oil has been removed from many cosmetics due to the fact that it has been found to cause allergic reactions/sensitization in some people.  Sensitization is a serious matter and for this reason, a maximum dermal concentration of 0.8% has been advised for use of Ylang Ylang essential oil on the skin. The aroma is very heady and causes a headache and even nausea in a few people so use it in moderation (low concentrations and not for long periods). The finding in one study that Ylang Ylang had a stimulant effect could indicate a dose-related variation in effects. Again, use it in moderation to have the best experience. Do not use with children under 2 years of age.

Source- Tisserand & Young, Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone- November 6, 2013

Please take a moment to read the safety guidelines for using essential oils.


*Disclaimer- Please see our disclaimer page. No part of the description of the essential oils is meant to imply any medical diagnosis or treatment may be achieved by using them. Only a licensed physician can diagnose and treat. You assume all risk for your use or misuse of any essential oils.

Additional information


1/2 dram (1.85ml), 5/8 dram (2.3ml), 5ml, 10ml, 15ml, 1oz, 2oz, 4oz


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