If you are a big fan of essential oil, you must have used, or at least heard of, ylang ylang essential oil. However, if this is the first time you’ve come across this weird name, you are in exactly the right place. As with many in the essential oil family, ylang ylang essential oil has its own special uses, especially for women. But people know very little about it – what a shame! This is why we created this complete guide to ylang ylang essential oil, and we believe it will provide the answers to all your questions.
What is ylang ylang essential oil?
Ylang ylang essential oil is an extract of the ylang ylang plant. It is a colorless or yellow, fluid, and is clear, fragrant and dense.
This small tropical tree has pink, blue-violet or bright-yellow flowers depending on the variety, but the essential oil extracted from the yellow flower is the best. The essential oils obtained from the first distillation of these flowers has the highest quality, while those oils obtained afterwards, though similar in effect, have an inferior aroma. These poorer oils are usually called Cananga. This semi-wild tree species is crispy and common on islands such as the Seychelles, Mauritius and the Solomon Islands, but the ylang-ylang oil produced in Madagascar is the very best. Ylang Ylang essential oil is a very clear yellowish liquid.
The ylang-ylang oil in the market is divided into five grades according to the distillation process, and only the special grade, the advanced grade and the first grade are suitable for aromatherapy. Special grade ylang is the first oil taken out during distillation. It has the best quality and the strongest smell. Most of the esters are in the special grade ylang. The essential oil that comes out later, the terminal distillate, is often called Cananga. But whether it is ylang or Connaga, the effect is the same. It’s just that Connaga has a rough smell.
How is it pronounced?
You may love it, but maybe you don’t know how to say its name – ylang ylang? That makes sense. This essential oil was extracted from flowers that grows in Asia, so it has kept its original exotic pronunciation. The correct way to pronounce it is ee-lang, ee-lang.
There you go. Now you can be confident enough to walk into a health food store and ask for it by name.
Is it edible?
In human history, ylang ylang essential oil has been using as a flavoring into food and beverages. However, a research shows that Ylang-Ylang oil has been reported to cause dermal sensitization reactions in animals and humans, but it is unclear what constituent(s) within the essential oil comprise the offending agent(s) and whether some Ylang-Ylang oils that have had certain constituent(s) removed are any less prone to cause such allergic reactions.
Although there is no proof that ylang ylang essential oil is toxic to our body when taken orally, you’d better follow the typical amounts for your own health: 0.0001 mg/kg/day.
Ylang ylang essential oil benefits
Ylang ylang essential oil has very varied uses. Generally speaking, it has these benefits below:
- Skin care
- Hair growth
- Kill bacteria
- Relieve high blood pressure
- Increase sexual desire.
- Heal wound
How to use ylang ylang essential oil for skin?
For balancing skin sebum (cures acne, anti-aging)
Your glands produce sebum, but too much will cause overly oily skin, whereas too little sebum leaves you with dry skin. For these two different kinds of skin types, different skin care products are required. However, ylang ylang essential oil works for both types. A few drops of it can balance your skin sebum when mixed with your daily lotion. After a few weeks daily use, you will see that your skin looks much smoother and brighter.
Also, ylang ylang essential oil can cure acne by evening out skin sebum, because acne is caused by overly oily skin.
The safe way to use ylang ylang essential oil for your face is to carefully monitor the amount you mix with your lotion. One or two drops of ylang ylang essential oil in your lotion for daily use is a safe amount.
Facial oil blend recipe:
first combine ½ cup Shea Butter, 2 Tbsp. Rose Floral Water, and 1 tsp. Vegetable Glycerin in a blender. Once the mixture has been blended into a creamy consistency, which will be white in color, scoop the emulsion into an amber glass jar. To this, add 5 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 3 drops Geranium Essential Oil. Next, using a thin stick such as a chopstick, thoroughly incorporate all the oils into the cream. To use this moisturizer, gently massage a pea-size amount into the skin. If stored in a clean, cool, dry place when it is not in use, this cream may be able to last for 6-12 months.
Facial Toner blend recipe:
Ylang Ylang Geranium & Rose Face Toner: Into an amber spray bottle, add 1 tsp vegetable glycerin, followed by 3 drops ylang ylang essential oil and 3 drops geranium essential oil. Now fill the spray bottle with ½ cup of organic rose water. Close the bottle and shake well to mix up. To use, mist on a clean dry face with your eyes closed. When it dries, apply moisturizer. If you want to go natural, use a pea-sized amount of shea butter to moisturize.
Bath Oil (anti-depression, increase sex desire)
It is such a luxury to take a bath with essential oil in the water. We are familiar with lavender, rose and tea tree oils, but why ylang ylang? Not only can its fragrance help you relax and fight depression, but it is also a natural aphrodisiac!
Bath oil blend recipe:
Combine 15 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, 10 drops Geranium Essential Oil, 10 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 2 cups Dead Sea Salt in a glass bowl. Pour this salt blend into a bath tub under hot running water. Before entering the tub, ensure that the salt has dissolved completely. Soak in this calming and balancing bath for 15-30 minutes to stimulate better circulation and to promote an affectionate mood.
Another benefit of ylang ylang oil is to treat boils. The safe blend recipe is first pouring 2 tsp. of Witch Hazel Distillate into a 10 ml (0.33 oz.) bottle. To this, add 2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and 2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil. Apply this blend to the affected areas.
How to use ylang ylang essential oil for hair growth?
As we just talked about the benefit of balancing our skin sebum, ylang ylang essential oil can also help to even out the sebum in your scalp, an imbalance of which is the main cause of hair loss. Also, according to The Article of Essential Oils it kills germs and irritants, reduces scalp inflammation and nourishes the hair follicles.
First pour ½ cup of Coconut Carrier Oil into a clean dark dropper bottle or container. Next, add 10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, 10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, and 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly combine all the oils. 1-2 hours before showering, massage this conditioning blend into the scalp and hair, and allow it to soak. When it is time for a shower, wash it out with a regular mild shampoo. This will leave hair feeling silkier and looking shinier Alternatively, a conditioning hair oil can be made by diluting 15 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil in ½ cup Sweet Almond Carrier Oil.
How to use ylang ylang essential oil for anti-depression?
Ylang ylang has been used as an anti-depressant for a very long time in Asia. The special smell of this flower can release your unpleasant feelings, help you relax and, therefore, fight depression.
As an antidepressant, you can either use ylang ylang essential oil as a bath oil, or as a massage oil. For bath oil, you can find the recipe in the “bath oil” section.
Massage oil blend recipe:
Dilute 5 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, and 1 drop Clary Sage in 2 Tbsp. of a Carrier Oil of personal preference.
How to use ylang ylang essential oil for high blood pressure?
According to CDC (Centers for disease control and Prevention), about 75 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 American adults. If you are one of them, except medical care, using essential oils like lavender, lemon, rose and ylang ylang is a pleasant way to decrease your high blood pressure.
First combine the 5 drops of marjoram oil, 7 drops of ylang ylang, mandarin, and 10 drops of lavender essential oils. Then Combine 7 drops of this essential oil mixture with the almond oil. This mixed oil can be used as a massage oil or bath oil.
How to use ylang ylang essential oil as perfume?
Although not everyone likes the smell of ylang ylang, just like other essential oils, it can still be used as an ingredient in perfume.
- Vanilla (I used 1 tsp of my homemade vanilla extract for this)
- Cederwood (3 drops)
- Vetiver (4 drops)
- Ylang Ylang (3 drops)
- Sandlewood (4 drops)
- Frankincense (8 drops)
- Rose (6 drops)
- Lavender (10 drops)
- Blue Chamomile (3 drops)
- Geranium (8 drops)
- Bergamot (5 drops)
- Wild Orange (3 drops)
- Neroli (5 drops)
The side effects and warnings of ylang ylang essential oils:
Essential oils are extracted from leaves or flowers. According to National Cancer Institute, Safety testing on essential oils has found very few side effects. Lavender and tea tree essential oils have been found to have some hormone -like effects.
Aromatherapy products do not need approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Although there’s no proof that ylang ylang essential oil causes side effects, it doesn’t mean this can be ignored.
Is ylang ylang essential oil safe during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant, it would be very wise to be cautious about aromatherapy treatments and products. Reports shows that some essential oils can cause uterine contractions or adversely affect your baby in his early developmental stages.
But not all of them, ylang ylang essential oil is safe to use during your pregnancy.
Essential oils safe for pregnancy (second and third trimesters)
– Bergamot – Roman chamomile – Eucalyptus – Geranium – Ginger – Grapefruit – Lavender – Lemon – Lemongrass – Lime – Mandarin – Neroli – Patchouli – Petitgrain – Rose Otto – Rosewood – Sandalwood – Sweet orange – Tea tree – Ylang ylang
Is ylang ylang essential oil safe for pets?
Generally speaking, you should keep all essential oils away from pets. Some people use lavender oil to calm their pets down by adding it to their beds, but it really can work another way: it might increase your pet’s stress level.
Some pets, such as dogs, have a keen sense of smell, and even a drop of essential oil can make them unpleasant, even manic. Worse, if your pet licks it off, it can cause a serious stomach upset.
According to American Kennel Club, some essential oils themselves are poisonous to dogs. This includes oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang ylang. These oils are toxic whether ingested by a dog or spread on his skin.
Is ylang ylang essential oil safe for babies?
As essential oil experts Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young explain:
Great caution is necessary for infants. Since neonatal skin does not mature until three months of age, it is more sensitive and more permeable to essential oils. A newborn is also less equipped to deal with any adverse effects than an adult because of lower metabolic capacity, i.e., enzymes present in lower concentrations. (11) These cautions apply even more to premature babies, and here it would be prudent to avoid all use of essential oils.” (Essential Oil Safety, p. 48-49)
Babies are sensitive to essential oils, and different oils have different effects on children of different ages. Of all the essential oils, ylang ylang is considered appropriate for diffusing around children aged 2 and under.
Where to buy ylang ylang essential oil?
As it is getting more and more popular in recent years (thanks for the successful marketing strategies), there are many ways to purchase ylang ylang essential oil, such as Amazon and your local health food stores. Big essential oil brands have been the top choices for essential oil lovers. So, if you are new to this industry, Doterra and Young Living ylang ylang essential oils can not be missed.
Ylang ylang essential oil doTERRA, 15ml, $47
Ylang ylang essential oil Young Living, 15ml, $55.26