Ylang Ylang Essential Uses Properties and Uses

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What is Ylang Ylang?

The ylang ylang that is used to make the essential oil is a tree with yellow flowers. It’s botanical name is cananga odorata. It is also called the cananga tree. The tree is of Indonesian background and grows to an average height of 39 feet (12 meters). It has black fruit that birds like to eat.

In Indonesia, the flowers of the ylang ylang tree are laid on the bed of newlyweds.

The oil itself has a sweet and heavy floral scent to it.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Top Uses

The ylang ylang essential oil is used in many ways. Here’s just a few of them.





  • Hormone imbalance
  • High blood pressure
  • Heartbeat issues
  • Hair growth stimulator
  • Emotional balance
  • Stomach aches
  • Low libido
  • Mental fatigue

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Properties

The ylang ylang essential oil has so many uses because of its properties. It is hypotensive meaning it lowers blood pressure. It is also an aphrodisiac meaning it causes excitement and stimulates love . . . . It is antispasmodic meaning it helps to relieve muscle spasms. It is also a sedative meaning it has a calming effect. You can see how each of these properties ties in with one of its top uses.

While best known as an aphrodisiac, the properties of ylang ylang will reduce your worries and calm your mind when diffused (just 1 or 2 drops is enough). This oil is great to use for romantic massages when combined with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Parts Used

To make the essential oil, the flower of the ylang ylang plant is steam distilled.

How to Use Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang essential oil can be used in the diffuser by adding 2 to 4 drops into your diffuser. For topical applications, use just 1 to 2 drops where you need it.

Where to Buy Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

You can buy quality ylang ylang essential oils from Plant Therapy.





Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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