A Guide To Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

A Guide To Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses | Top: Drawing of bottles of ylang ylang. Bottom: The plant.

"Ylang ylang is the tenderhearted one whose hanging pearls dance in the wind, as if, through flexibility, it protects its tender heart from destruction," writes Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul.

Worwood says the emotional benefits of ylang ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata) are to encourage self-confidence, warmth, awakening, sensuality, upliftment, calm, joy, and enthusiasm.

Beyond these nourishing qualities, the benefits and uses of ylang ylang oil include skin and hair care, calming sore muscles and frazzled nerves, and acting as an aphrodisiac.

Basic Ylang Ylang Facts

Plant family: Annonaceae

Production: Steam distilled from the flowers of the ylang ylang plant.

Aroma: Intense, sweet, floral. Ylang ylang varies due to differences in climate and botany — several commercial grades with different scents are available.

Perfume note: Middle to base

Is ylang ylang safe to use during pregnancy? Yes, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby.

Is ylang ylang essential oil safe for children? Yes, but do not to apply this oil to the skin of children under the age of 2. Use to alleviate anxiety, hyperactivity, and temper tantrums, according to Authentic Aromatherapy.

Cautions: High concentrations may cause headache or nausea. Ylang ylang may irritate highly sensitize skin and may not be appropriate for hypersensitive, diseased, or damaged skin.

Components: Vary depending on the commercial grade. See Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition.

Benefits Of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil


The Heart of Aromatherapy lists the following benefits of ylang ylang:

  • Calming the heart and encouraging trust
  • Soothing skin irritation and calming inflammation
  • Relieving sore muscles
  • Supporting digestion
  • Supporting meditation and contemplation (great blended with frankincense or patchouli)

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Ylang ylang is a tonic that balances oil production for all skin and hair types but is most often recommended for dry hair and skin.

Aromatherapy for Dummies
: Ylang ylang can be both relaxing and stimulating and has aphrodisiac qualities. It seems to energize or relax, depending on a person's needs. As a hair conditioner, ylang ylang balances oil production. Good for all skin types, especially combination skin.

The Fragrant Mind: Ylang ylang promotes assertiveness, contentment, focus, joy, self-awareness, and self-esteem. It helps relieve dejection, doubt, fear of failure, fear of change, guilt, irritability, moodiness, and passivity.

Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine ylang ylang is energetically cool and moist and has a calming, supportive action on the heart. As an aphrodisiac, ylang ylang helps reunite a person's emotional and sensual natures.

Ylang Ylang Oil Uses


The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils suggests rubbing a drop or 2 of ylang ylang over your heart to relax and calm yourself.
 
Aromatherapy relaxation bath: Stir 5 to 10 drops ylang ylang into one cup Epsom salt or sea salt. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup salts to a warm bath.

Aromatherapy steam facial:

  1. Add 2 to 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water.
  2. Tent your head with a towel or cloth.
  3. With eyes closed, place your face over the steamy bowl, staying far enough away to avoid burning yourself.
  4. Steam for 3 to 5 minutes or as is comfortable.
  5. Gently pat your face dry

PMS: To relieve PMS tension and stress, apply ylang ylang oil combined with lavender oil and diluted in carrier oil to the back of your neck and lower abdomen.

Aphrodisiac: To use as an aphrodisiac, diffuse ylang ylang, add a drop to your body lotion, or apply a small amount to your bed's sheets or shirt collar.

Here are a few other ways to use ylang ylang:

  • Use as a perfume.
  • Make a deep hair conditioner by adding ylang ylang to fractionated coconut oil.
  • Make a massage oil.
  • Use ylang ylang in body butters or body lotion blends.
  • Make a skin toner by adding 1 to 2 drops to 2 teaspoons witch hazel and 3 tablespoons distilled water. Use a cotton ball to dab on your face.

Buy Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

I recommend ylang ylang essential oil from Young Living. The oil is made from the flowers of trees grown in Ecuador.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil


Photo Credit: Ylang ylang flowers by User:B.navez (Réunion Island) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons and Oils image from homunkulus / 123RF Stock Photo

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