Discover the Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil & How to Use It | Ultimate Guide

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the stresses of daily life, longing for a natural remedy to bring balance and tranquility? Or perhaps you're seeking a holistic approach to enhance your beauty routine and support your cardiovascular health? I have a solution… Ylang Ylang essential oil is the solution you have been looking for. It is a fragrant gem from the lush flower fields of Madagascar.
Ylang Ylang oil has a captivating sweet and floral aroma, but it is much more than just a delightful scent. It is full of therapeutic benefits that can transform your health and well-being. From balancing hormones and uplifting your mood to nourishing your skin and supporting your heart, Ylang Ylang is a versatile oil that deserves a spot in your essential oil collection.
In this comprehensive guide, I'll share some of my favorite ways to incorporate Ylang Ylang essential oil into your daily routine. We'll explore its rich history, delve into the science behind its benefits, and provide practical tips and DIY recipes to help you make the most of this incredible oil. Whether you're a seasoned essential oil enthusiast or a curious beginner, there's something here for everyone. Let's dive into the secrets of Ylang Ylang essential oil.

Before we jump into the specifics, it's worth noting that Ylang Ylang essential oil is on sale at 10% off this month if you're watching this in June 2024. It's a great time to stock up and explore its many benefits.

A Brief History of Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang, scientifically known as Cananga odorata, has a rich history and a strong cultural significance in many parts of the world. The oil is extracted from the flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree, which is native to the tropical rainforests of the Philippines, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Historically, these flowers have been used in traditional medicine and religious ceremonies for centuries.
In the Philippines, the flowers are spread on the bed of newlyweds to enhance the romance and create a calming atmosphere. In Indonesia, Ylang Ylang flowers are used in traditional hair treatments to promote healthy, shiny hair. The sweet, floral fragrance of Ylang Ylang has also made it a popular ingredient in perfumes, with notable uses in iconic fragrances such as Chanel No. 5.

The Extraction Process

Ylang Ylang is extracted through a process called steam distillation. The flowers are harvested early in the morning when their fragrance is at its peak. The distillation process is quite delicate and must be carefully monitored to ensure the highest quality oil is produced.

Emotional Benefits

According to the Essential EmotionsYlang Ylang is known as the oil of the inner child. It helps individuals reconnect with their playful and innocent nature, encouraging a joyful heart. You can use Ylang Ylang as a perfume, mixing it with Wild Orange or Jasmine, or simply use it in your diffuser. It pairs wonderfully with lavender, citrus oils, or even sandalwood for a more earthy scent. When inhaled, Ylang Ylang interacts with the limbic system in the brain, which is responsible for controlling emotions and moods. This interaction helps to promote a sense of relaxation and well-being. 

Hormonal Balance

Ylang Ylang can be particularly beneficial for women experiencing unwanted symptoms from their cycle. Its balancing effect on hormones can help to reduce mood swings and irritability, providing much-needed relief during these times.

Cardiovascular Health 

Ylang Ylang essential oil also plays a role in supporting heart wellness. Known for its calming properties, Ylang Ylang can help you unwind and maintain a relaxed state, which is beneficial for overall heart health. 

A relaxing way to incorporate this benefit is by adding a few drops to your bath before bed. Additionally, there’s a fantastic roller blend for supporting healthy blood pressure levels from the Modern Essentials Handbook. 

Here’s the recipe
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang oil
  • 5 drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
Combine these in a 10 mL roller bottle, fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil, and apply over your heart and reflex points on your left foot and hand daily.

Additionally, Ylang Ylang oil can help promote good circulation and provide a sense of calm, making it a heart-friendly choice. To incorporate it into your routine, try mixing a few drops of Ylang Ylang with a carrier oil and gently massaging it onto your chest. Alternatively, add a few drops to your bath to enjoy a soothing and heart-supportive soak.

Libido and Intimacy

Ylang Ylang has long been regarded as an aphrodisiac. Its alluring fragrance and mood-enhancing properties make it a popular choice for promoting intimacy and enhancing libido. Whether used in a romantic massage blend or diffused in the bedroom, Ylang Ylang can create a sensual atmosphere that helps to ignite passion and connection between partners.
Here's a simple yet effective recipe to boost libido:
  • Use the Jasmine Touch roller and apply it hip to hip.
  • Apply a drop of Ylang Ylang  and Wild Orange on your pulse points 
This combination not only supports hormones but also smells divine.

For male libido support mix Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood, and rub on pulse points, chest, and from hip to hip. 

Beauty and Skincare Applications

Ylang Ylang's benefits aren't limited to emotional and physical health; it also shines in beauty and skincare applications. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice for maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Ylang Ylang is a versatile addition to any skincare routine. It helps to balance sebum production, making it suitable for both dry and oily skin types. Its antibacterial properties can also aid in preventing acne and other skin infections.
For a soothing facial toner, you can add a few drops of Ylang Ylang to rose water. This combination not only hydrates the skin but also leaves it feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

Here’s a simple recipe for a Ylang Ylang facial toner:
  • 1 cup rose water
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel (optional)

  • Mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Spray onto your face after cleansing, avoiding the eye area.

Hair Care

For hair care, Ylang Ylang can be used to promote healthy, shiny hair. It helps to strengthen hair follicles, reducing breakage and preventing hair loss. You can add a few drops of Ylang Ylang to your regular shampoo or conditioner for an extra boost of nourishment.
To create a deep conditioning hair mask, follow this simple recipe:
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

  • Mix the coconut oil and Ylang Ylang essential oil in a small bowl.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair, focusing on the ends.
  • Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it out with your regular shampoo.
  • This mask will leave your hair feeling soft, shiny, and deeply conditioned.
Here is another hair recipe: 

Aromatherapy and Emotional Well-being

Ylang Ylang's sweet and floral aroma makes it a favorite in aromatherapy. It is often used to create a calming and uplifting environment, perfect for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Diffusing Ylang Ylang can help to create a serene atmosphere, making it an excellent choice for meditation or winding down after a long day.
Diffuser Blends
Relax and Unwind:
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Bergamot

Joyful Bliss:
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Wild Orange
  • 2 drops Geranium

Grounding Harmony:
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Frankincense 

DIY Recipes


Creating your own natural perfume with Ylang Ylang is simple and rewarding. Here's a basic recipe to get you started:
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 10 drops Jasmine essential oil
  • 5 drops Wild Orange essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil

  • Combine all the essential oils in a small glass bottle.
  • Add the fractionated coconut oil and mix well.
  • Apply to your pulse points as desired.

Bath Soak

A relaxing bath soak with Ylang Ylang is perfect for unwinding after a long day and supporting heart health. Here’s a simple recipe:
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil

  • Mix the Epsom salts and essential oils in a bowl.
  • Add the mixture to your bathwater.
  • Soak for at least 20 minutes to allow your body to absorb the benefits.
This bath soak will leave you feeling relaxed and your skin soft and nourished.

Room Spray

A Ylang Ylang room spray can refresh your living space and create a calming atmosphere. Here’s how to make it:
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 10 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil

  • Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Spray around your home to enjoy the uplifting aroma.

Diffuser Jewelry

For a fun and aromatic accessory, add Ylang Ylang to diffuser jewelry such as necklaces with lava beads or bracelets. This allows you to enjoy its benefits throughout the day, keeping you feeling joyful and connected to your inner child.

Ylang Ylang essential oil is a versatile and powerful oil with a wide range of benefits. From supporting emotional and hormonal balance to promoting cardiovascular health and enhancing beauty routines, its applications are vast and varied. Whether you’re looking to create a calming atmosphere with aromatherapy, boost your libido, or maintain healthy skin and hair, Ylang Ylang is a wonderful oil to have in your collection. Ylang Ylang can be purchased at wholesale pricing here. 

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