Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang is an evergreen tree native to Asia (Schiller, 2008). The tree has beautiful, large yellow fragrant flowers that are best hand-picked at dawn for distillation purposes. You may have heard of ylang ylang essential oil being used as an aphrodisiac. This essential oil is known for enhancing communication, bringing out feelings, and bringing couples closer together. Proceed with caution when mixing ylang ylang essential oil. It has been known to cause headaches when used in excess. Also, pregnant women should avoid ylang ylang essential oil. Read on to learn more about this beautifully fragrant and unique essential oil.

Medicinal Uses

Here’s a short list of medicinal uses of Ylang Ylang essential oil:

  • antispasmodic
  • sedative
  • helps lower blood pressure
  • loosens tight muscles
  • lessens pain
  • disinfectant
  • promotes restful sleep

Cosmetics Uses

  • balances oil production
  • great for dry skin
  • effective against Seborrhoeic Eczema

Emotional Attributes

  • relaxing
  • reverses fatigue
  • tempers fear, depression, jealousy, anger, and frustration
  • aphrodisiac
  • mood-lifting
  • euphoric
  • enhances communication

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Profile

Botanical Name – Cananga odorata
Botanical Family – Annonaceae
Plant Origin – Phillippines
Cosmetic Use – dry skin, balances oil production, corrects dry skin
Skin Types – Suitable for all skin types.
Aromatic & Emotional Effects – Relaxing, helps reverse fatigue, euphoric, mood-lifting
Medical Properties – Antispasmodic, sedative, tonic, antidepressant, antiseptic
Key Constituents – b-caryophyllene, germacrene-D, a-farnesene, humulene, benzyl acetate, methyl salicylate & benzoate, linalol, geraniol, farnesol

Chemical Analysis

Sesquiterpenes – up to 55%

  • b-caryophyllene <22%
  • germacrene-D <20%
  • a-farnesene <12%

Esters <50%

  • benzyl acetate & benzoate <25%
  • methyl salicylate & benzoate <17%
  • farnesyl acetate <7%

Alcohols <45%

  • linalol <40%


Higley, C. & A. (2010). Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils. Twelfth Edition. Abundant Health: Spanish Fork, Utah.

Keville, K. (2009). Aromatherapy. Crossing Press. Berkeley, CA.

Schiller, C. & D. (2008). Basic Health Publications. Laguna Beach, CA.

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