Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Have you ever wondered why we call it ylang ylang? Like why isn’t one “ylang” enough? Well ylang ylang actually means “flower of flowers” in Tagalog (a Philippine language). 

The oil from the ylang ylang flower has been used for centuries as a perfume, in religious ceremonies, and in aromatherapy.

It’s also one of those special oils that can be used aromatically, topically and internally. When ingested, has the powerful ability to provide antioxidant support, which makes it a cherished oil for bodily health. It’s also used used for its external benefits and can promote the appearance of healthy skin and hair.

Chemical Components

Two of the main chemical constituents of Ylang ylang essential oil are caryophyllene and germacrene. These two chemicals are part of the sesquiterpenes group. It’s unique chemistry and scent promote soothing feelings when used aromatically. A recent study conducted by multiple Korean universities found that caryophyllene helps support healthy cell growth when ingested orally (source).

Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Provides Antioxidant Support

Active compounds of ylang ylang include several types of flavonoids, terpenes. Flavonoids are very important antioxidants that quench oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and protect the body from the development of chronic disease and cancer. Also, terpenes are known for their antioxidant support when ingested (source).

To use: you can dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid or take one drop in a veggie capsule. 

Eases Tension, Stress & Anxious Feelings

Ylang ylang’s main chemical constituent, germacrene, gives the oil natural abilities to soothe. It is also known for its uplifting effects and is a great oil to apply when in need of an elevating boost. 

And a 2018 study discovered that it has positive effects against anxious feelings due to its affect on the hippocampus and serotonin system (source).

To use: put a few drops into an Epsom salt bath for relaxation.

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Enhances Focus

Known to create a calmer mind and more relaxed state, ylang ylang is a great oil to help increase focus. One of its benefits includes increased blood flow, which helps gets oxygen to the brain allowing it to perform better.

To use: diffuse in your favorite diffuser to help stay on task. 

As Hair Care

Avoid the harmful chemicals found in deep hair conditioners and deep hair conditioning treatments, and go natural. Ylang ylang oil is loaded with organic components that promote the appearance of healthy hair. 

To use: massage a few drops into your scalp to help create shiny hair. You can also create your very own natural deep hair conditioner by adding the essential oil to fractionated coconut oil and applying it to your hair.

As a Perfume

Ylang ylang’s rich scent is well loved and has been used extensively for making perfumes. Did you know that it’s actually one of the key ingredients used in Chanel No. 5 (source). 

To use: put a drop on each wrist for a sweet, floral scent all day long. This perfume will also give off a soothing and calming aroma.                                                                                                      

Oils that Blend Well with Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang oil blends with a diverse range of oils to benefit both mind and body. Combine it with bergamot, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, marjoram, sandalwood, or vetiver essential oils for diffusion.

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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