Benefits of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil + Recipes

The Cananga odorata, more commonly known as Ylang Ylang, hails from China and is known as the “flower of flowers.” It has long been used in Asian countries such as the Philippines as a treatment for a variety of ailments such as cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. In this blog, we’ll show you some noteworthy benefits of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil was the main ingredient in Macassar Oil, a hair pomade that became popular in Victorian England. It is also considered an aphrodisiac in Indonesia where the flowers from the Ylang Ylang plant are spread on the bed of newlyweds.

What I Love About Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is definitely my choice of weapon against feeling frazzled and overwhelmed by my to-do list. I personally love carrying around Ylang Ylang Essential Oil inhalers! They are so handy and serve me well when I am overwrought and out of the house.

Recipes, Uses, and Benefits of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

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While reading this article, please note that essential oils are not approved by the FDA to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is based on individual studies and anecdotal information.

Uplifts

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has a sweet, floral scent that may help uplift your mood. Additionally, Ylang Ylang is said to promote feelings of self-love and self-confidence, as proven in this study1 noting that the self-esteem perception of participants improved over time. No wonder it’s often used in luxury perfumes!

Promotes Youthful Skin

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has antiseborrheic and antibacterial properties as per this study2, making it ideal for keeping your skin clean and free of blemishes, giving your skin a youthful appearance.

Soothes Scalp and Thickens Hair

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has been reported to be an ingredient for many hair-protecting and hair-growth products. This article3 includes Ylang Ylang as one of the best essential oils for hair growth and health as it is said to improve hair texture and may limit hair dryness and breakage.

Supports Romantic Feelings

In folk remedy, Ylang Ylang is used to increase sexual desire and reduce sexual anxiety. Moreover, this study4 suggests that Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has sedative, relaxing, and harmonizing properties. This can be beneficial for both men and women, but it’s especially helpful for those who tend to get “nervous” when it comes to romance.

Centers

As mentioned above, Ylang Ylang has sedative, relaxing, and harmonizing properties that help soothe stress and make you feel more centered. This oil is often used in aromatherapy to promote centering and concentration.

Energizes

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is such an excellent oil for aromatherapy in the sense that it balances your mood. Its harmonizing effect, as explained earlier in the aforementioned study, suggests that participants felt more attentive and more alert after inhaling Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Blends Well With…

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is derived from steam distillation of the plant’s flowers which then produces a thin liquid, pale yellow to deep orange in color. It has a sweet and floral scent with slightly fruity and gentle tropical undertones and a middle-base note. Its aroma blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood (Himalayan), Copaiba, Geranium, Grapefruit (Pink), Mandarin, Neroli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, and Vetiver Essential Oils.

Simply Earth Blends That Use This Oil

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B.O. Be Gone Essential Oil Blend

A blend of essential oils that can eliminate your body odor–naturally! 

Happy Joy Essential Oil Blend

The fresh and sunny scent provides a refreshing aroma that can provide a boost of energy and a breath of fresh air to bring you happy and joyful feelings.

Love Essential Oil Blend

A sensual blend that’s sure to add a little romance to your life.  

Tranquility Essential Oil Blend

A calming blend that promotes feelings of contentment, composure, and reassurance, helping you feel more at ease and bringing about a sense of well-being when anxious feelings try to overwhelm your emotions.

What’s the Science Behind this Oil?

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil’s main constituent is Linalool (~10%). This organic compound gives this oil a floral scent.

Linalool has dose-dependent marked sedative effects. It also has antidepressant, anxiolytic, immune potentiating, analgesic, and anticonvulsant properties.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What Earthies Are Saying About Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

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Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute essential oils before using them topically. Failing to do so can cause irritation and possible skin sensitization. Check out this handy dilution chart we created for topical use. For this oil, we recommend using a maximum dilution of 0.5% for topical applications

This oil is considered safe to use by children 10+. 

Dogs may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this oil on recipes for yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on recipes for yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. This oil could interfere with blood-thinning medication if it is ingested. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

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References:
  1. Gnatta JR, Piason PP, Lopes Cde L, Rogenski NM, Silva MJ. Aromatherapy with ylang ylang for anxiety and self-esteem: a pilot study. 2014 Jun
  2. Dizon, Maria T, Aldan, BSN, Johnny. Determining the Antibacterial Efficacy of Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) Plant Extract on Staphylococcus Aureus. 2016 Aug
  3. Ana Gotter. Essential Oils for Hair 
  4. Tan LT, Lee LH, Yin WF, Chan CK, Abdul Kadir H, Chan KG, Goh BH. Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry, and Bioactivities of Cananga odorata (Ylang-Ylang). 2015 Jul