4 Surprising Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

What is Ylang Ylang essential oil?

You’ve seen the name, but how in the world do you say it?

Ylang-ylang is pronounced /ee-lang ee-lang/. The “y” is pronounced as a long “e” so if you have been stressing the “y” with its traditional phonic sounds, you may have been getting a confused look or two.

No worries, though! Now you know and can pronounce it like an OG of the essential oil world.

Also known as Canaga odorata, ylang-ylang, according to the National Library of Medicine, comes from is a fast-growing tree and can be found natively in tropical Asia such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and some other islands of the Indian Ocean, mainly the Comoro, Nossi Be, and Madagascar islands.

Throughout this article, you will find out more than just how to pronounce this wonderful oil but also its background, its benefits, some of the best brands on the market, and how it is best used for particular ailments.

What else there is to know about Ylang Ylang?

As stated previously, it is native to Asia but has been made common in Africa, India, and America as well in an effort to exploit and manufacture the plant for its fragrant aromatics for the perfume industry as well as in aromatherapy and the food industry.

Ylang ylang, historically, has been used in both the East and the West. In the Philippines, where the flowers grow naturally, healers have used this oil in ointments to treat cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites.

It wasn’t until later in the twentieth century that French chemists found additional medicinal purposes for the oil. It was found effective in treating malaria, typhus, and intestinal infections.

From an aromatherapy standpoint, it was used to heal and calm stress, anxiety, and anguish in the heart.

Today, with advances in modern medicine, ylang ylang is commonly used for a variety of ailments including but not limited to, PMS, insomnia, high blood pressure, as well as depression, anxiety, nervous tension, and as a sexual stimulant.

The Ylang Ylang Tree and Flower

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This beautiful, lush tree grows anywhere about 80 feet tall with large yellowish-white flowers that are quite large in size in comparison to other blooms. However, for harvesting purposes since the flowers are hand-picked, most trees that have been planted for commercial purposes are pruned to stay around six to eight feet tall.

The incredibly beautiful, star-shaped flowers are said to be picked at sunrise as that is when their fragrance is at its most potent. It is covered year-round with drooping, long-stalked, rich-scented flowers that have six narrow, greenish-yellow petals 5 cm (2 inches) long.

The alternate pointed oval leaves have wavy margins and are 13 to 20 cm (5 to 8 inches) long. The clustered oval black fruits hang from long stalks. While the fruits of the ylang-ylang tree are not used in foods, they are edible and are quite tart in taste.

Leis are made from the blooms, and the perfume is steam-distilled from the flowers. The essential oil is taken from the petals of the flowers through steam distillation.

Fun Fact: It takes 55 pounds of ylang-ylang to make one pound of essential oil.

Benefits of Ylang Ylang

The list of benefits in using ylang ylang is pretty stout. It has been used for hormone balance, low libido, impotence, mental fatigue, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate, anxiety, stress, stimulating hair growth, stomach aches, and colic to skincare.

We’ll go over all of these, some in more detail than others but let’s start with the fun stuff!

Ylang Ylang and Sexy Time

So, the idea of using essential oils as a part of intimacy is not a new concept to the industry even though it may be a new concept to you.

The perfume industry has long since capitalized on sex as a selling point because they know how powerful aromas can be along with the memories we have tied to certain smells.

Loss of libido and/or impotence can be caused for a number of reasons, be it hormonal, environmental, psychological, or medicinally related. It is not a reason to go clam up and go hide with the nuns.

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Ylang Ylang has a floral scent, it increases sexual desire, encourages attraction, and supports the circulatory system. It claims it is one of the most powerful essential oil aphrodisiacs.

To use ylang ylang as an aphrodisiac, you can diffuse approximately 10 drops in a diffuser of your choice.

You can also create a small rub with the oil by taking a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, adding a few drops of ylang ylang, and applying it to your pulse points on your wrists, neck, underarms, and inner thighs.

If you know how you will react to ylang-ylang, you can take one drop on your finger and put it on your pulse points. You may end up using more than necessary if you use it straight from the bottle so just be a little mindful before you get a little sweaty!

Fun Fact: In Indonesia, ylang-ylang petals are spread on the bed for newlyweds.

Ylang Ylang Treating Anger and Anxiety

Aromatherapy in general is a great tool in managing anger and settling from anxiety. Just the process of setting up your space to calm down, choosing the oils, setting up your diffuser, and practicing mindful breathing while you consciously address your anger is half the battle.

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Choosing the right essential oils for these particular states is equally powerful.

Ylang ylang has properties considered to be a sedative as well as an antidepressant. Coupled with its antispasmodic and hypotensive properties, it makes it a solid go-to essential oil in the arena of anger and anxiety.

Since ylang ylang is also slated to treat rapid heart rates, which occurs when we have anxiety or are triggered into anger, the calming effects are quite strong.

In using ylang-ylang for treating anger and anxiety, you can diffuse it of course. You can also put a drop in the palm of your hands, rub your hands together and inhale. If you can focus on your breathing, make you exhale twice as long as you inhale, this helps to distract your mind from what is bothering you.

Blood Pressure and Heart Beat Issues

We know that high blood pressure and heart disease, in general, are on the rise in the United States. We also know that these conditions left untreated can lead to cardiac arrest, and stroke.

Here is the medical disclaimer part where I say, in no way, is this article suggesting you use essential oils, ylang-ylang, or otherwise solely to treat high blood pressure or other cardiac issues. Always consult with your doctor FIRST!

There was a study done in 2012 on high blood pressure using ylang ylang, lavender, neroli, and marjoram showing the use of essential oils to address hypertension thus lowering blood pressure. Its antispasmodic and hypertensive properties may help with lowering heart rate as well.

The following is a statement from the study regarding its results for using essential oils to reduce blood pressure. “A four-week home BP monitor shows repeated increases and decreases in BP before and after intervention and an overall decreasing trend. Thus, essential oil inhalation not only has an immediate BP-lowering effect but also has a long-term effect.”

Here is a diffuser recipe for lowering blood pressure courtesy of Healthline.com

Diffuser Recipe

Combine ingredients into a diffuser and inhale for 15-20 minutes.

You can also make a rub using a carrier oil and a few drops of lavender and ylang ylang. Once you’ve mixed it together, rub it on your chest and inhale the rub from your palms to receive the power of ylang ylang in not one but with two different application modalities.

Best Ylang Ylang Essential Oils

For those of you who have been reading my articles, you know I have a bit of a preference for DoTERRA and YoungLiving essential oils.

Apparently, I am not the only one as when I went to talk to my Young Living rep about ordering more ylang ylang, she said YL had been out of stock for a while.

Clearly, this is one of their most popular oils!

However, YoungLiving does not have a monopoly on amazing ylang ylang. Below are my top four choices for this elevated essential oil! They cover a range of quality and affordability.

DoTERRA Ylang Ylang

YoungLiving Ylang Ylang

Gya labs Ylang Ylang

Related questions

Does ylang ylang essential oil have any benefits for hair?

Yes, add research here.

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You can add a few drops to your shampoo and experience the benefits with every wash of your hair. Please see a common recipe for ylang ylang shampoo.

Ylang Ylang and Maple Syrup Shampoo


Combine all ingredients in a shampoo-like container. Be sure to mix well.

How to Use:

Pour the above mixture over wet hair, and massage it into your scalp for 2 – 4 minutes. Be sure to spread the shampoo from root to tip, and pay special attention to particularly irritated or thinning areas.

What does ylang ylang smell like?

Ylang ylang has a beautiful floral fruity scent that is one of the most popular scents in the perfume world. It is one of the top notes in the ever classic and one of the most purchased perfumes in the world, Chanel No. 5.

What does ylang ylang essential oil blend well with?

Depending on where you look, you will find different people have different recommendations on what ylang ylang blends well with.

When blending oils, you want to make note of what you are trying to accomplish or resolve with your oils. Keeping in line with some of the same properties as ylang ylang but adding ones that have other supportive properties as well can truly add to your beneficial experience with your oils.

Overall, most agree ylang ylang blends well with bergamot, sandalwood, and marjoram.

Bergamot has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and digestive properties that support ylang-ylang’s properties in helping to address anger, anxiety, and stomach issues. It also has a high concentration of limonene making it a great antiseptic that is a great added benefit. Its citrus notes allow it to aromatically agree with ylang-ylang as well.

Sandalwood’s promising properties consist of but are not limited to antidepressants, calming, and sedatives. Not only does it support the existing properties of ylang-ylang but it also adds a romantic, musky scent to the mix creating an incredibly calm aroma perfect for a bath or to diffuse before bedtime.

Marjoram contains properties of vasodilation, hypotensive, and sedative which support ylang-ylang’s effectiveness in treating impotence, high blood pressure, and anxiety. This plant is in the oregano family and smells similar but far less pungent and more pleasant than oregano. It has a woodsy, musk scent that adds a deeper aroma when combined with ylang ylang. Creating a massage oil with one of your favorite carrier oils would be a great way to apply this blend.

Yelling About Ylang Ylang

This is one of those oils that we often hear so much about but don’t try that often mostly because just the name looks intimidating. But once we know how to say /ee-lang ee-lang/, get a sense of where it comes from, what it smells like, and what it does, this essential oil opens up a whole new world of possibilities in alternative healing for you and your family.


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