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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), the cananga tree, is a tropical tree originating in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The health benefits of Ylang-Ylang can be attributed to its properties that include an antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative substance.

The chief components of the essential oil of ylang-ylang are benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl methyl ether and other components known as Sesquiterpenes

WARNING: Do not use during the first trimester of pregnancy. While Ylang Ylang is regarded as safe for use later in pregnancy, early weeks are questionable.


Ylang-Ylang fights depression by relaxing both the body and mind; thereby driving away anxiety, sadness, and chronic stress. It is also an uplifting effect on mood and induces feelings of joy and hope. Because of its ability to act directly on the olfactory system of the brain, inhaling ylang ylang can have immediate, positive effects on your mood. Research shows it can help release negative emotions, including anger, low self-esteem and jealousy. This could explain why many people feel Ylang Ylang is energizing, useful for fighting fatigue, and even body aches. Excess stress or depression can manifest as those symptoms. Apply to your pressure points.


Seborrhea or Seborrheic eczema is caused due to malfunctioning sebaceous glands. This disorder results in irregular sebum production and the consequent infection of the epidermal cells. The appearance is unattractive and painful. The white or pale yellow skin, whether dry or greasy, peels off. This normally happens on the scalp, cheeks, eyebrows, and wherever else hair follicles are found. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can be beneficial in improving the inflammatory situation, reducing the skin irritation and redness by regularizing sebum production and treating the infection itself.

Antiseptic: Ylang-Ylang can help to avoid both sepsis and tetanus by inhibiting microbial growth and disinfecting the wounds. This property of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil protects your wounds from infections from bacteria, virus and fungus. It also helps to speed up the healing process.

Aphrodisiac: This can be very beneficial for those people who have lost interest in sex due to tremendous workload, professional stress, depression, or the effects of pollution. The loss of libido or frigidity is a growing problem in modern life. However, Ylang-ylang may be able to help you rekindle your sex drive.

Hypotensive: Ylang Ylang supports a healthy circulatory system. It is a very effective agent for lowering blood pressure. It’s considered one of the most helpful essential oils when partnered with lavender, clary sage, and frankincense for controlling blood pressure and preventing heart arrhythmia. Massage a single drop daily over the heart (combine with a carrier oil).

Sedative: This oil sedates or calms nervous afflictions, stress, anger and anxiety, while inducing a relaxed feeling. It is also beneficial in fighting insomnia. Try diffusing the oil in your home or massaging it into your skin to bring on stronger feelings of awareness, confidence, peace and self-love.

Nervine: Ylang-Ylang is a health booster for the nervous system. It strengthens the nervous system and repairs any damage it may have suffered. Furthermore, it also reduces stress on the nerves and protects them from developing a number of nervous disorders.

Skin Health Preserve:r A popular use for ylang ylang is applying to the skin in order to preserve a “youthful glow” and help prevent signs of aging or irritation. Ylang ylang has also been indicated in use to prevent skin cancer cells. Combine one to two drops with coconut or jojoba oil. Massage it into the face once or twice daily for protection.

PMS Remedy: Aromatherapy or massage with ylang ylang can be helpful for reducing PMS symptoms. To address PMS cramps, tension and stress, apply ylang ylang oil combined with lavender oil to the back of neck and lower abdomen. Natural

Hair Care Product: Try massaging ylang ylang into your scalp along with along with coconut oil or jojoba oil (or just add to your regular condition) to increase the appearance of healthy, shiny hair. It can also be helpful for preventing tangles and dandruff, while also working as a hair loss remedy for many people. Some research even shows this combination can kill head lice.

Diabetes:  Ylang ylang can help protect tissue and cells from damage, making it helpful to diabetics. Lowering the risk for nerve damage due to diabetes complications, allows ylang ylang to play an important role in diabetic health. Massage several drops into the reflex points of the feet.

Categories: Essential Oils