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Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil

Cananga odorata

Tonic for the heart. Good for high blood pressure, shock.

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

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It is known for its unique relationship to the heart, and its ability to slow a rapid heartbeat. I've had great results with this oil in this capacity. It can also help alleviate the symptoms of shock and trauma.  For sever PTSD and trauma combine with Laurel leaf essental oil, Melissa and Orange Essential Oil.

It's a strong sedative-  Great for sleep assiatance and is great in a massage oil. Put it in a bath to help alleviate insomnia and reduce tension. In a cream, it's a beautiful moisturizing agent and is generally good in skin care blends. You only need a drop or two in 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier, and one drop in your bath is plenty. Great for reducing anxiety

Traditional Use of Ylang Ylang Complete

Analgesic - provides pain relief 
Anti-inflammatory - alleviates inflammation Antidepressant - can help to prevent and alleviate depression CNS sedative - calming to the central nervous system Cooling - cools area 
Hypotensive - lowers blood pressure 
Skin healing - supports the skin to heal 
Tonic - strengthens and restores vitality 


Cananga odorata, commonly known as ylang-ylang, is a tropical tree native to the rainforests of countries such as India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and parts of Australia. The tree is part of the Annonaceae family.
  • Size: The tree can grow up to 20 meters (about 60 feet) tall. It has a grey, furrowed trunk that can reach a diameter of about 50 cm (approximately 20 inches).
  • Leaves: Its leaves are evergreen, elongated, and glossy, with a pointed tip and broad base. They usually grow directly across from each other in an alternate pattern.
  • Flowers: The flowers of Cananga odorata are drooping, long-stalked, with six narrow, greenish-yellow (sometimes pink) petals, like a starfish. They exude a powerful and unique scent, which is most intense in the early morning. The flowers are the source of ylang-ylang essential oil.
  • Fruit: The fruit is a black, oval drupe that contains several seeds.
The tree requires a hot, humid, and tropical climate to thrive, ideally with an evenly distributed annual rainfall. The tree begins to flower each year after its fifth year. The flowers are handpicked for the extraction of ylang-ylang essential oil.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Ylang Ylang Complete

  • Heart Chakra Balancing (4th Chakra): Ylang Ylang is often used for balancing the Heart Chakra (Anahata). It helps open up the heart, allowing for the release of anger, jealousy, and other negative emotions that can cause blockages. It also encourages feelings of love, compassion, and joy.
  • Relaxation and Stress Relief: The oil is believed to have a sedative effect on the energetic body, promoting relaxation, easing tension, and reducing stress. It's used to help bring about a state of calm and peace.
  • Emotional Healing: Ylang Ylang can be used energetically to assist in emotional healing. It's believed to support the healing of emotional trauma, boost mood, and enhance emotional well-being.
  • Spiritual Awareness (7th Chakra): Ylang Ylang is said to increase spiritual awareness and facilitate a deeper connection with the self and the universe. It's often used in spiritual practices and meditative exercises.
  • Sensual Energy (2nd chakra): Ylang Ylang is often associated with sensual and sexual energy. It's believed to stimulate the libido and improve sexual energy, and is often used in Tantric practices for these reasons.

Traditional Folklore

Ylang Ylang, known scientifically as Cananga odorata, has a rich history intertwined with various folklore and magical uses. This essential oil has been traditionally used in several cultures not just for its physical properties, but also for its metaphysical attributes.
  • Love and Attraction: Ylang Ylang, especially in the South Pacific and Philippines, is famously known for its aphrodisiac qualities. It has been used in love potions and aphrodisiac blends. Some believe that the oil can enhance feelings of attraction, love, and passion. The flowers are sometimes spread on the bed of newlywed couples to enhance romantic energy.
  • Relaxation and Peace: In some spiritual practices, Ylang Ylang oil is associated with calming energies and is often used in aromatherapy and during meditation to promote peace, reduce anxiety, and aid in relaxation. Some users believe it can help in calming the mind and in achieving a deeper meditative state.
  • Healing: It's also believed by some to possess spiritual healing properties, helping to release negative emotions such as anger, possessiveness, and jealousy.
  • Protection: In some folk practices, Ylang Ylang has been used in protective spells and is thought to ward off evil or negative energy.
  • Spiritual Connection: With its ability to impact emotions positively, Ylang Ylang has been used to enhance spiritual experiences and improve personal connection with the spiritual realm.

Aroma-Chemistry of Ylang Ylang Complete

Ylang ylang essential oil, derived from the flowers of Cananga odorata, has a complex chemical composition that contributes to its unique aroma and therapeutic properties. The main chemical constituents include:
  • Linalool: This compound is known for its calming and relaxing effects.
  • Geranyl Acetate: This compound has floral notes and contributes to the overall scent of ylang ylang.
  • Caryophyllene: This sesquiterpene is often associated with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
  • P-Cresyl Methyl Ether: This compound contributes to the strong, floral, and slightly fruity aroma of ylang ylang.
  • Methyl Benzoate: This ester has a sweet, slightly fruity scent, contributing to ylang ylang's aroma.
  • Benzyl Acetate: This compound is common in floral fragrances and contributes to the aroma of ylang ylang.
  • Farnesene: This sesquiterpene is common in essential oils and contributes to their scent.
  • Benzyl Benzoate: This compound has sweet, balsamic, and slightly spicy notes and contributes to the aroma of ylang ylang.
  • Germacrene-D: This is a sesquiterpene that contributes to the scent of ylang ylang.
The alcohol and ester content (quantity varies depending on the specific batch of oil) contributes to the antidepressant and general nervous system tonic effects of Ylang Ylang. The alcohols and the sesquiterpenes may be the components that contribute to the oil's hypotensive qualities (lowers blood pressure). It is interesting to compare the esters in Ylang Ylang with the esters in Jasmine—there are many similar ones. Benzyl benzoate can sometimes cause skin irritation.


Recipes & Blends

Recipes and Blends

Calm the Psyche

  • 3 drops of Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var genuina)
  • 3 drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops of Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 2 drops of Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • 2 drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Energize Me Blend:
  • 3 drops of Ylang Ylang ((Cananga odorata var genuina)
  • 3 drops of Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
  • 2 drops of Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops of Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) any chemotype
  • 2 drops of Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Love and Compassion:
  • 3 drops of Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var genuina)
  • 3 drops of Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • 2 drops of Rose (Rosa damascena)
  • 2 drops of Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
  • 2 drops of Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)


Nighty Night Blend
  • 3 drops of Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var genuina)
  • 3 drops of Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • 2 drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • 2 drops of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Ylang Ylang Complete

According to Tisserand & Young, Ylang Ylang essential oil may contain methyleugenol & there is moderate risk of skin sensitization. 

No known contraindications.
Dermal maximum of .8% for skin sensitization. 


Tisserand & Young Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Edinburg 2014 
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 1997
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition.  Queensland, Aust. 2003


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