Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Cananga odorata

(pronounced e-lang, e-lang)

Dilution is not required and is suitable for topical use and regarded safe for children. Blends well with essential oils derived from bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, sandalwood, rose, clary sage, jasmine, and neroli.

Known Uses

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil strengthens the nervous system, is an effective remedy for seborrhea, helps maintain healthy skin, and effectively lowers blood pressure naturally. It is useful in helping with a rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing. 

Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil fights depression and relaxes the body alleviating anxiety, sadness, frustration, anger, rage and chronic stress. It also has an uplifting effect on mood and induces feelings of joy and hope. It may be an effective treatment for those undergoing nervous breakdowns and acute depression after a shock or an accident.

Essential Oil of Ylang-Ylang can help to avoid both sepsis and tetanus by inhibiting microbial growth and disinfecting the wounds. This property of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil protects your wounds from infections from bacteria, virus and fungus. It also helps to speed up the healing process of the wound.

Ylang-Ylang can improve the sex life of those people who have lost interest in sex due to tremendous workload, professional stress, depression, or the effects of pollution.

Ylang-ylang essential oil can be used to cure infections in internal organs such as the stomach, intestines, colon, and urinary tract. It is also good for people suffering from insomnia, fatigue, frigidity and other stress related conditions. It is extremely effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin and keeps the skin looking hydrated, smooth, and young.


In both the East and the West, ylang ylang has a long history. In Indonesia, the petals of ylang ylang flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples. In the Philippines, healers have used ylang ylang to treat insect bites, snakebites, cuts, burns and scrapes. In the Molucca Islands, people use ylang ylang essential oil as a primary ingredient in a hair ointment known as Macassar oil. The medicinal properties of ylang ylang were first recognized at the beginning of the 20th century by Garnier and Rechler, the French chemists that discovered that the oil made an effective treatment for all types of diseases including malaria, typhus and intestinal infections. They also recognized the oil’s calming effect on the heart during times of stress. In Oriental medicine, ylang ylang’s calming effect on the heart accounts for its primary therapeutic use.


Some cases of sensitivity, nausea and headache have been observed when taken in excessive amounts. Otherwise, when taken in recommended doses, it is non-toxic and is not reported to cause any irritation.

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