Properties of Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Essential Oil

Posted: February 11, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Many of my clients love Ylang Ylang, many of my clients hate Ylang Ylang.  And that’s understandable. Ylang Ylang is one of those essential oils that you either love or hate, not much in between. This article is for the Ylang Ylang lovers, and for the Ylang Ylang haters.  The lovers will love it even more, the haters, will learn to like it and blend it with other essential oils so that the sweet heavy perfume won’t be much noticed, but the amazing therapeutic effect will!


Ylang Ylang essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowers of the Cananga odorata tree. These trees are native to the Philippines and Indonesia and it also grows in Polinesia, Comoros and Madagascar.


Floral, heady, exotic, intensely sweet

Emotional Balance:

Ylang Ylang is exotic, intense and exciting. it’s believed that its healing properties can help in cases of impotence and frigidity. It can help dispel feelings of anger, jealousy and envy. With its sensual and soothing aroma, helps restore self-confidence and allows you to express  and appreciate your inner beauty. It  is relaxing and mildly sedative – especially useful if you have been battling stress and mental fatigue. It is helpful in dealing with anxiety, panic, and shock having a relaxing effect on the nervous system. It is also believed to help feelings of resentment, guilt and jealousy.

Did you know?

Ylang Ylang flowers are strewn on the beds of newly married South-Asian couples on their wedding night – need we say more?


Antiseptic, antidepressant, calming and sedative, tones the circulatory system. It is considered to be helpful in cases of high blood pressure, combine 5  drops of Ylang Ylang, 5 Lavender, 5 Mandarin with 1 0z Carrier Oil  and apply on body daily. It has a balancing effect on the hormones and is a tonic for the uterus.

Ylang Ylang Uses For Skin Care

You can use it for both oily and dry skin, since it has a balancing effect on sebaceus production.  It is suitable for all skin types. For oily skin combine 1 oz Golden Jojoba Oil with 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Rosemary and 2 drops of Geranium. Apply liberally on your face day and night. For dry skin combine 5 drops of Ylang Ylang, 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Rose Absolute.  Apply liberally on your face day and night.

Mixes well with:

Clary Sage, Geranium, LavenderLemon, Bergamot, Orange, Patchouli.


Passionate, sensual, types who are the mistress or the lover. They live for ‘ being in love’. They are very entertaining and make good company and they thrive on attention. Their jobs usually involve items relating to beauty such as cosmetics or fabrics or hairdressing. They like excitement in their lives and will try out daring activities. They can however feel insecure about their appearance etc.If down they may neglect their appearance and become depressed and run away from life. © 2013, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.