What is Ylang Ylang?
Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) is well known for its sweet and floral scent. It is typically found in countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, such as Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and even some part of Australia.
It is a yellow, star-shaped flower meaning “flower of flowers” and has been popular for centuries, especially in perfumes and fragrances. In fact, it’s even one of the key ingredients in the well-known perfume, Chanel No.5.
In Indonesia, the flowers are spread on the beds of newlyweds because of its reputation as an aphrodisiac. It combines well with many other essential oils. Check out our list below for some inspiration on blending.
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Ylang Ylang is well known to relax the mind and body. Used as an anti-depressant, it helps to release negative emotions. It can also help to temper fear, anger and jealously.
There are studies which show that this floral essential oil can aid in stimulating circulation and blood flow, helping to lower blood pressure.
In addition, it’s been shown to help aid digestion and relieve muscle spasms.
Below, we have featured some popular uses for this essential oil.
How to Use:
- Often used in tropical climates to protect hair from salt damage: Mix a few drops with Argon Oil and massage through your hair
- Balancing oils and promoting hair health: Mix 6 drops to every ounce of your conditioner and use as normal
- Poor digestion: Mix a few drops with some carrier oil to dilute it and massage onto your stomach as needed.
- Mosquito Protection: Both Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass essential oils have been proven to work well for repelling these pesky insects. Use separately or together and mix with either coconut oil or olive oil. The effects can last up to 88 minutes.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is one of my absolute favourite scents. It combines so well with other essential oils. For instance, here are some of the most compatible oils to combine it with include:
These are our favourite blends.
Warnings / Precautions
- When used in high concentrations, it can produce headaches or nausea for some people.
- Be careful if you are taking high blood pressure medication, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Consult with a doctor for professional advice.