Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

The rich sweet-scented tropical yellow star-shaped Ylang Ylang flower is harvested in Madagascar and has been used for centuries in perfumes, religious ceremonies, aromatherapy and wedding events; the resultant potent essential oil is also just as versatile and is a gem of the aroma industry.  The Ylang Ylang plant is also called the perfume tree, due to its highly fragrant flowers.


On a strictly emotional and spiritual level, Ylang Ylang essential oil is an oil for the heart.  Amongst its many uses it is an aphrodisiac, an oil of sensuality that helps connect with, and process things from the heart, also healing emotional traumas.

It’s also thought to be the oil of the inner child, helping us connect to our own sense of inner joy and being in the moment, as children can so easily do. This reminds us to love and care for ourselves as we would that small child and allows us to play, release bottled up emotions, and move back into our sense of trust in the process of Life.

What better for a romantic time?

For a Romantic Bath: Mix 10 drops each Ylang Ylang and Geranium essential oils along with 15 drops Grapefruit essential oil into 2 cups of Epsom salt. Pour under running hot water. Dissolve salt completely before bathing. Soak 15-30 minutes

For an Aphrodisiac Massage Oil: Mix 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Sandalwood, and 3 drops Wild Orange in 1 tsp of carrier oil.

For a Joyful Diffuser Blend: 2 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Grapefruit, and 1 drop Ylang Ylang.

Summarising Ylang Ylang:

  • Reconnects to the child self and the pure simple ways of the heart, encouraging play, and a childlike nature and innocence.
  • It assists in accessing intuition
  • It releases past emotional trauma, is useful in age regression work & other emotional healing
  • It releases bottled up emotions, e.g. anger, sadness, and brings them into the light
  • Allows emotional healing to flow naturally, nurturing the heart along the way

HEALING THE PHYSICAL (- Uses and Benefits)

Feeling low or stressed? Apply a few drops to the back of the neck to uplift spirits, or calm you down.  Alternatively, diffuse several drops to create a relaxing atmosphere with its delightful rich aroma. Whether used topically or aromatically Ylang Ylang helps promote a positive outlook if you’re struggling to see the “bright side of things”.

The Ultimate Bath Experience: Some drops of Ylang Ylang in an Epsom salt bath soaks away stresses, invigorates the senses and promotes relaxation.

The perfect massage blend: Massage is a great way to help relax tense muscles and emotions, so Ylang Ylang in a massage will provide the ultimate relaxing experience.  Add a few drops to fractionated coconut and preferably have someone massage the blend into your back and shoulders.

Dry, lustreless hair from the summer sun? Massage Ylang Ylang into your scalp to increase the appearance of healthy, shiny hair.

A natural deep hair conditioner: Avoid harmful chemicals in off-the-shelf hair conditioners and go natural!  Add several Ylang Ylang drops to Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to leave the hair looking healthy and beautiful!

A great steam facial: Steam facials are great for the skin – the heat from the steam helps open pores releasing bacterial and dirt.  Ylang Ylang will help promote healthy looking skin, as well as smelling wonderful!

Who needs branded perfumes? Ylang Ylang has been used extensively for making perfumes.  For a wonderful-smelling, natural perfume put a drop or two on each wrist, with the bonus of a soothing calming aroma.

Increase internal antioxidant support: Ylang Ylang is known to provide antioxidant support, taking it internally will enhance the body’s well-being.

Ylang Ylang helps deal with: Joylessness, over-stress, grief, sadness, loss of a loved one, disconnection from the inner-child.

Releases: Freedom, playfulness, intuition, heart healing, emotional fulfilment, joyfulness, acceptance.

Common Primary Uses:

Aphrodisiac (low libido), Arrhythmia, Calming, Colic, Crying, Diabetes, Exhaustion, Fear, Hair loss, High Blood Pressure, Hormonal Balance, Hyperpnea (increased rate & depth of breathing), Palpitations, Relaxation, Sedative, Stress, Tachycardia (higher heart rate than normal), Tension

Common Application Methods:

  • Can be applied diluted (unless recommended otherwise) topically to area of concern or to reflex points.
  • It may be beneficial when applied over the thymus (centre of collar bone) to help stimulate the immune system.
  • Diffuse or inhale the aroma directly.




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