Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has a euphoric and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic while the aphrodisiac qualities is useful for impotence and frigidity. It is particularly useful with rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat, it can also help with reducing high blood pressure and useful for intestinal infections. On the skin, ylang-ylang oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum, and has a stimulating effect on the scalp which promotes more luxurious hair growth.
Information on Ylang ylang essential oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is extracted from Cananga odorata var. genuina (Unona odorantissimum) of the Anonaceae family and is also known as “flower of flowers”.
The extremely fragrant Ylang Ylang Essential oil has a calming effect on the mind and body and is used in cases of frigidity and impotence.
It has a wonderfully balancing and stimulating effect on the skin, to correct sebum production and is also used to stimulate hair growth.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has an exotic, sweet smell and is slightly yellow in color.
It is a tall tropical tree about 20 meters (60 feet) high with large, tender, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers and is cultivated in Java, Sumatra, Reunion, Madagascar and the Comores.
The name means ‘flower of flowers’. In Indonesia and the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights.
The oil was once a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe that was known as macassar oil.
The word “anti-macassar” originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is extracted from the freshly picked flowers by water or steam distillation. The first distillation is called Ylang-ylang extra, which is the top grade. An absolute and concrete are also produced by solvent extraction.
There are different phases of distillation of the oil – with them being called ‘extra’ and then 1st, 2nd and 3rd pressing.
The extra is the very first pressing and contains the highest amounts of esters and therefore has the sweetest odor, while the later pressings have a less-sweet odor.
The ‘extra’ is not usually used in aromatherapy, but used in the perfume industry and to have a ‘complete’ essential oil for aromatherapy, the ‘extra’ is combined with the 1st and 2nd pressings to form the complete ylang-ylang essential oil.
The oil supplied by us is the best quality ‘complete’ essential oil that can be purchased.
Some of the main chemical components of the ‘complete’ essential oil are: Germacrene D, Benzyl benzoate, (E,E)-α-Farnasene, Benzyl acetate, Linalool, β-Caryophyllene, Isoeugenol
Although Ylang-Ylang essential oil has GRAS staus, IFRA classifies it as a moderate risk for skin sensitisation and recommends a maximum dilution rate of 0,8% for use in products used on adult skin.
Caution should be observed when this essential oil is used on children under two years of age, or when the essential oil is used on diseased, hypersensitive or damaged skin.
As with most essential oils, this essential oil should be kept in a dark and cool place and should be stored in an airtight dark glass bottle (Preferably in the fridge at a temperature of around 4° Celsius / 39° Fahrenheit).
Please read our page with heading: Safety with Essential Oils before using this oil.
We recommend the following book as an excellent resource regarding safety:
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young (#ad)
The therapeutic properties of the oil are antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative.
For our glossary and explanation of these therapeutic terms, please click here
It has a euphoric and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic, while the aphrodisiac qualities is useful for impotence and frigidity.
It is particularly useful with rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat, it can also help with reducing high blood pressure and is useful for intestinal infections.
On the skin, this oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum, and has a stimulating effect on the scalp which promotes more luxurious hair growth.
Burners and vaporizers
In vapor therapy, it can be helpful with anxiety, tension, shock, fear, panic, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, aphrodisiac, physical exhaustion, frigidity, impotence, insomnia, depression and stress.
Blended Massage Oil and in the Bath
As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, ylang ylang will assist with physical exhaustion, insomnia, frigidity, impotence, depression, anxiety, nervous tension and stress while having a calming and aphrodisiac effect.
Blended in Cream
In a cream or lotion it is used to balance the production of sebum in the skin and thereby correcting and balancing overly-dry as well as overly-oily skin.
Suggested Dilution Rates
On the skin
Face: 0.25% to 0.5%
Body:0.25% to 0.8%
Bath: 0.25% to 0.8%
3 to 24 months:
Do NOT use on the skin. Avoid use.
2 to 6 years:
Face: Maximum of 0.2%
Body: Maximum of 0.2%
Bath: Maximum of 0.2%
6 to 15 years
Face: 0.25% to 0.4%
Body: 0.25% to 0.4%
Bath: 0.255% to 0.4%
Face: 0.5% to 0.8%
Body: 0.5% to 0.8%
Bath: 0.5% to 0.8%
- When in doubt consult your doctor / medical professional before use.
- Most professionals and/or Aromatherapists will always err on the side of safety when giving advice regarding the use of essential oils and oleo resins during pregnancy.
- Quite a number of Aromatherapists advise that you should avoid all essential oils completely while pregnant, specifically during the first trimester. This is a very safe approach but may not be necessary at all.
Diffusers and Vaporisers
4 to 8 drops
- When using for the first time – Always use the lowest dilution rate and build up slowly to the maximum. Stop using all essential oils on the skin if irritation or allergy occurs.
- Any advice or instruction received from a medical professional ALWAYS supersedes recommendations or advice found on this website. When in doubt consult your doctor / medical professional.
This essential oil assists with problems such as high blood pressure, rapid breathing and heartbeat, nervous conditions, as well as impotence and frigidity.