Ylang Ylang

Helps to relax, and can reduce muscle tension. Good antidepressant.

ylang-ylang-flowerBotanical Name: Cananga odorata

Plant Part: Flower

Cautions: Ylang Ylang can cause sensitivity on some people and excessive use of it may lead to headaches and nausea.

Aromatic Scent: Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet, exotic, floral scent that is one of the most sought after aromas.


Cananga odorata or Ylang Ylang, is a member of the annonaceae family of plants growing in tropical Asia. Ylang Ylang oil is distilled from the cananga tree’s greenish-yellow, starfish-shaped flowers, produced year-round.

There are several grades of Ylang Ylang essential oil which are extracted at different times during the flower’s lengthy distillation. These grades are referred to as extra, I, II, & III. The Ylang Ylang extra is drawn off during the first phase and is generally considered the best quality for aromatherapy and perfumery. However, grades I, II & III should not be considered inferior, and the premier grade is so expensive that it is rarely produced.


Common Uses

Due to its ability to anchor perfumes and blend with a variety of other scents, Ylang Ylang oil is primarily used by fragrance manufactures today. In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is often used as a substitute for the more expensive Jasmine. It also evokes feelings of deep, languid calm that melt away anxiety, tension and stress. Ylang Ylang tends to predominate, so it should be used in small amounts on its own or when blending with other oils.


Blends well with

Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood and Sandalwood.



Ylang Ylang is often referred to as “poor man’s Jasmine”. In Indonesia, Ylang Ylang flower petals are strewn upon the bed of newlywed couples. Ylang Ylang was a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as Macassar oil.