"Ylang ylang is the tenderHeart
ed one whose hanging pearls dance in the wind, as if, through flexibility, it protects its tender Heart
from destruction," writes Valerie Ann Worwood in Aroma
therapy For the Soul.
Worwood says the emotional benefits of ylang ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata) are to encourage self-confidence, warmth, awakening, sensuality, upliftment, calm, joy, and enthusiasm.
Beyond these nourishing qualities, the benefits and uses of ylang ylang oil include Skin
care, calming sore Muscle
s and frazzled Nerve
s, and acting as an Aphrodisiac
Basic Ylang Ylang Facts
Plant family: Annonaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the flowers of the ylang ylang plant.
: Intense, sweet, floral. Ylang ylang varies due to differences in climate and botany — several commercial grades with different scents are available.
Perfume note: Middle to base
Is ylang ylang safe to use during Pregnancy
? Yes, according to Aroma
therapy and Massage For Mother and Baby.
Is ylang ylang essential oil safe for children? Yes, but do not to apply this oil to the Skin
of children under the age of 2. Use to alleviate Anxiety
, hyperactivity, and temper tantrums, according to Authentic Aroma
Cautions: High Concentration
s may cause Headache
. Ylang ylang may irritate highly sensitize Skin
and may not be appropriate for hyperSensitive
, diseased, or damaged Skin
Components: Vary depending on the commercial grade. See Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition.
Benefits Of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
therapy lists the following benefits of ylang ylang:
Calming the Heart
and encouraging trust
irritation and calming Inflammation
Relieving sore Muscle
and contemplation (great blended with frankincense or patchouli)
therapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Ylang ylang is a Tonic
that balances oil production for all Skin
types but is most often recommended for dry Hair
therapy for Dummies: Ylang ylang can be both relaxing and stimulating and has Aphrodisiac
qualities. It seems to energize or relax, depending on a person's needs. As a Hair Conditioner
, ylang ylang balances oil production. Good for all Skin
types, especially combination Skin
The Fragrant Mind: Ylang ylang promotes assertiveness, contentment, focus, joy, self-awareness, and self-esteem. It helps relieve dejection, doubt, fear of failure, fear of change, guilt, irritability, moodiness, and passivity.
therapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine ylang ylang is energetically cool and moist and has a calming, supportive action on the Heart
. As an Aphrodisiac
, ylang ylang helps reunite a person's emotional and sensual natures.
tica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, ylang ylang promotes emotional stability, promotes sensuality, and enhances self-esteem. Physically, the essential oil relaxes and balances tense and emotionally out-of-control conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the oil is to regulate the Qi and harmonize the Shen.
therapy: Ylang ylang helps dispel anger and create a feeling of peace. Some people find the Aroma
too sweet, and this essential oil may work better as part of a blend.
The Essential Guide to Aroma
therapy and Vibrational Healing: Ylang ylang encourages spiritual service to others and helps you recognize the abundance of spiritual helpers. The essential oil relaxes the mind and improves Alert
ness and attentiveness. The oil calms erratic emotions but also brings those feelings to the surface and helps you work through them.
therapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Ylang ylang promotes joy, sensuality, and peacefulness. The oil is especially useful for the third Chakra
to support self-confidence, personal strength, self-control, and courage.
Ylang Ylang Aroma
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils suggests rubbing a drop or 2 of ylang ylang over your Heart
to relax and calm yourself.
bath: Stir 5 to 10 drops ylang ylang into one cup Epsom salt or sea salt. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup salts to a warm bath.
therapy steam facial:
Add 2 to 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water.
Tent your head with a towel or cloth.
closed, place your face over the steamy bowl, staying far enough away to avoid burning yourself.
Steam for 3 to 5 minutes or as is comfortable.
Gently pat your face dry
To relieve PMS
tension and Stress
, apply ylang ylang oil combined with lavender oil and diluted in carrier oil to the back of your neck and lower abdomen.
To use as an Aphrodisiac
, diffuse ylang ylang, add a drop to your body lotion, or apply a small amount to your bed's sheets or shirt collar.
Here are a few other ways to use ylang ylang:
Use as a perfume.
Make a deep Hair Conditioner
by adding ylang ylang to fractionated coconut oil.
Make a massage oil.
Use ylang ylang in body butters or body lotion blends.
Make a Skin
toner by adding 1 to 2 drops to 2 teaspoons witch hazel and 3 tablespoons distilled water. Use a cotton ball to dab on your face.