Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Sweet relaxing aphrodisiac... smells as beautiful as it looks!

The sweet, sensual scent of ylang ylang essential oil melts away stress, tension and anxiety, bringing you to a state of deep, peaceful calm.

It relaxes tense muscles, calms fear and promotes feelings of ease and confidence - it's often used for supporting people coping with sexual fears, anxieties or discomfort.

Ylang ylang oil is balancing and restorative, helpful for depression (including postpartum 'blues') and hormonal imbalances.

It's also said to help slow rapid breathing and heartbeat and to lower blood pressure. Try using it for panic attacks.

Ylang ylang is sometimes used to replace jasmine (which is much more expensive) in aromatherapy blends.

Its scent is very intense and tends to overpower other essential oils, so use sparingly in blends (and on its own, actually - it's STRONG!)

Click to buy ylang ylang essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs or read on to learn more...

Botanical Name and Characteristics

Cananga odorata

Ylang ylang is a tropical evergreen tree that grows up to 60 feet (20m) high. It has glossy green leaves and large, fragrant starfish-shaped pink, mauve or yellow-green flowers.

Grades: Ylang ylang oil is steam distilled from the freshly picked flowers. There are several grades of ylang ylang essential oil which are extracted at different times during the distillation process.

The first extraction, called "Extra" is considered to be the best quality, since it contains the highest amount of esters and has the most intensely sweet scent. Subsequent extractions (called grades 1, 2 and 3) are often combined with the Extra to form a "Complete" ylang-ylang essential oil.

A Ylang Ylang Absolute and Ylang Ylang Concrete are also produced by solvent extraction.

Intensely sweet, exotic floral scent.

Therapeutic Action

  • Lifts mood; anti-depressant

  • Calms and relaxes nerves; good for anxiety

  • Relieves stress and tension

  • Euphoric, aphrodisiac

  • Brings out feelings, encourages communication

  • Increases confidence; helpful for sexual dysfunction

  • Balances mood swings; good for PMS and menopause

  • Promotes good sleep

  • Relaxes tight, stiff muscles

  • Eases pain

  • Said to reduce high blood pressure

  • Relieves nausea and motion sickness

  • Balances the skin's oil production; good for normalizing acne and dry skin conditions

  • Disinfectant

Buy ylang ylang essential oil from doTerra.

doTerra's website is a little clunky, so it takes about 4 steps to add it to your shopping cart, but if you want something that's super effective, the few extra clicks are  worth it!

You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale thing - why spend more than you have to, right?


Ylang ylang's strong middle note blends well with: 

  • bergamot
  • grapefruit
  • lavender
  • petitgrain
  • orange
  • sandalwood


May irritate sensitive skin.

Using too high a concentration may cause headache and nausea. (So... dilute properly!)

Buy Ylang Ylang essential oil from Amazon. Please remember - you get what you pay for. If a bottle of oil only costs a couple of dollars, it's going to be worth a couple of dollars. Buy the best oils you can afford.

What Next?

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