Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang (Complete) Oil

Cananga odorata var genuina

The rich, heavy floral scent of ylang ylang essential oil is exotic, sweet, and sensual. It’s well known for its intoxicating, relaxing effects—which quiet the mind, heart, and body. In massage oils, ylang ylang can help muscles release years of stored tension, and can open the heart to deep healing and bliss. Ylang ylang essential oil is strong; just a drop or two is usually enough. (Too much can become overwhelming.) Our sustainably wildcrafted ylang ylang essential oil is steam distilled from trees in the forests of Madagascar.

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Benefits and uses

The freshly picked, honeyed blossoms of the tall Cananga odorata var. genuina tree create a richly floral, sweet, sensual, slightly balsamic essential oil. Along with providing balance to the system, ylang ylang essential oil is often used to help with pain and inflammation management and to help reduce the presence of unwanted bacterial activity. Ylang ylang essential oil is cooling and soothing with lovely, mildly sedative properties, making it so helpful for sleep support. Try blending ylang ylang and lavender essential oils to usher a good night’s rest. Ylang ylang essential oil is powerful and should be used sparingly in aromatherapy blends to help avoid headache or nausea due to its high potency. When using only a drop or two per 1 ounce of carrier, this essential oil makes a blissful addition to moisturizing skin care blends, relaxing massage blends, or bath salt blends.

Emotionally and energetically, ylang ylang essential oil relaxes and calms. It encourages feelings of mild euphoria and promotes sensual awakening.

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  • Flowers
Botanical Family
Extraction Methods
Steam Distilled
  • Base-middle
Chemical Families
  • Esters
  • Monoterpenols
  • Sesquiterpenes
  • Balsamic
  • Exotic and Sensual
  • Floral
  • Sweet
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  • Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  • Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999
  • Keville, K. Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, The Crossing press, USA, 1995
  • Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
  • Price S. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd edition, Churchill Livingstone, 1999
  • Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy, The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1998
  • Tisserand R. The Art of Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1977
Shelf Life

5 years

Safety & Warnings

Non-toxic, though it may cause skin irritation or be sensitizing, especially with young children. Use in low dilution when applying to the skin, such as in bath or massage oils. Tisserand and Young recommend maximum topical use of 0.8%. Do not use on inflamed skin, hypersensitive skin, diseased or damaged skin or on dermatitis. Ylang Ylang can lead to headaches and nausea with people sensitive to the oil. The floral, sweet scent of Ylang Ylang is amazing in small quantities, but if overused it can cause headaches and nausea.

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