Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil. Description, Benefits & Uses


Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) is a small tropical tree that grows in the Philippines, Java, Sumatra and Madagascar. The essential oil of ylang-ylang flowers are obtained from the method of distillation. The finished oil has a light yellow color and sweet, floral scent.

The chemical compounds in ylang-ylang oil certainly play a role in its ability to interact with hormone secretion. The chemicals found naturally in the oil are linalool, methyl ether, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, methyl benzoate, benzyl acetate, p-cresyl, and other sesquiterpenes. Those chemicals give the oil aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine, antidepressant, sedative, antiseborrhoeic, and antiseptic properties.

The main action of the essential oil ylang-ylang on the internal organs and systems

  • aphrodisiac
  • antidepressant
  • has anti-sclerotic effect
  • anticonvulsant
  • antispasmodic

Usage of ylang-ylang essential oil in cosmetology

  • This oil is suitable for all skin types. Due to its properties to regulate sebum it is recommended for oily skin.
  • Natural remedy to stimulate hair growth.
  • The essential oil of ylang-ylang is used for polishing and strengthening nails.

Ylang Ylang Oil for Hair Growth

An ancient tribe known as Bori Bori used the Ylang-Ylang flowers as a hair conditioner by mixing it in coconut oil. They also rubbed these flowers all over the body and decorated themselves by making necklace, headdresses, natural crowns and garlands for its splendid fragrance and curative values. Massaging few drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil blended with coconut oil or almond oil aids in promoting hair growth, preventing hair loss, nourishing the scalp, augmenting the natural shine of the hair, making it long, lustrous, healthy and voluminous.

Effects of essential oil of ylang-ylang in the psycho-emotional sphere

It helps overcome depression and to cope with anxiety, a feeling of uncertainty, “restraint.” Eliminates anxiety, night terrors in children. Ylang ylang oil is a strong erotic stimulant, exuding warmth and tenderness. It opens secrets intuitively-sensory way of achieving happiness and bliss.

Ylang-ylang oil is commonly used as a flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance for cosmetics and soaps too and is well known to stimulate circulation, relieves muscle spasms and relaxes nerves.

Impact of ylang-ylang essential oil in the bio-energy field

Attracting love and positive energy to the world, increases radiation in their own world of light energy. As a result of this “exchange” is aligned energy shell, its symmetry is restored, develops high energy chakras.

Indications in usage of ylang-ylang essential oil

Ylang-ylang essential oil is used in medicine because of its strong calming and relaxing effects. It is recommended in case of fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, frigidity and impotence.

Ylang-ylang oil is able to reduce high blood pressure, helps with tachycardia, headaches, premenstrual syndrome, depression, fear.

Possesses antiseptic effect, especially well helps in intestinal infections.

Ylang-ylang essential oil is able to regulate hormones, thus can help to solve problems associated with reproductive function.

Scientists have proved that the oil of ylang-ylang is able to tone the uterus, as well as a positive impact on the state of women underwent caesarean section.

Ylang-ylang oil helps to maintain the tone and elasticity of the breast.

Nail polish with Ylang-Ylang Oil: Mix 10 drops of ylang with 10 drops of jojoba oil, applied to the nail plate and bed and massage the fingers first, and then gauze.

Contraindications in usage of essential oil of ylang-ylang: In high concentrations and prolonged use it can cause nausea and headaches.

Blends well with: vetiver, rosewood, bergamot, cedar, tuberoza.

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