What is Ylang Ylang? The uses and benefits of Ylang Ylang essential oil

Botanical name: Cananga odorata

Plant family: Annonaceae

Native Region: Southeast Asia

Plant Part: flower

Extraction Method: Steam Distillation

Blends well with: Citrus and floral essential oils

Ylang ylang is an evergreen tree that grows in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The flower of the ylang ylang tree contains many beneficial compounds that support the mind and body in a variety of ways, including supporting restful sleep, fighting symptoms of depression, balancing hormones, energizing the body, supporting healthy digestion, and more.

The intensely sweet, floral scent of ylang ylang has calming properties that can help enhance your mood, fight symptoms of anxiety and stress, and create a positive, relaxing environment.

Ylang ylang is one of the more luxurious floral essential oils, both in price and scent, due to its intricate distillation process and precise sourcing. We source only the highest grade ylang ylang from Madagascar, where the flower is picked early in the morning and then steam distilled for up to 18 hours.

Support a sense of balance and calm with ylang ylang essential oil.

Growing Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang grows natively in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, where it thrives in warm, sunny, humid conditions. Ylang ylang trees are fast-growing evergreen trees that typically reach a height of about 12 meters, although some can grow upwards of 42 meters. When grown for essential oil production, many of the trees are pruned to stay shorter so their flowers are easily accessible. Ylang ylang essential oil comes from the bright, fragrant flowers with trailing petals the tree produces.

The History of Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang first became known in the 1600s and grew in popularity across Europe. It began being cultivated on the island of Reunion in the 1700s when it was mainly used in hair and beauty products. Ylang ylang then began being commercially produced in Manila in the 1800s, and by the 1900s, was also cultivated on the islands of Comoros and Madagascar. During this time, ylang ylang was used for many medicinal purposes and for its relaxing properties. In 1920, ylang ylang was used to make Chanel No. 5, one of the most famous perfumes of all time, and it is now one of the main ingredients of the perfume industry.

The Science of Ylang Ylang Oil

Ylang ylang essential oil’s key constituents are germacrene-d and alpha-farnesene, as well as linalool, geranyl acetate, beta-caryophyllene, benzyl acetate, geraniol, methyl p-cresol, methyl benzoate, geranyl acetate, farnasene, and benzyl benzoate, and sesquiterpenes.

Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Emotional Support

Ylang ylang essential oil has calming, sedative properties that help promote feelings of calm, relaxation, and peace. It’s an ideal oil for stressful situations or when working through negative emotions.

Blends well with

Blend ylang ylang with bergamot, frankincense, and lavender to promote relaxation and calm.

How to use

Diffuse ylang ylang essential oil or apply it topically, diluted to the wrists and back of the name to ease symptoms of stress.

Sleep Support

Due to its calming and sedative properties, ylang ylang can be a great oil to promote deep, restful sleep. When diffused or inhaled, ylang ylang interacts with your olfactory system to calm the mind and ensure you fall asleep and stay asleep easily. It’s the perfect oil to use during your bedtime routine to create a calming sleep environment.

Blends well with

Tangerine, lavender, and roman chamomile are excellent oils to pair with ylang ylang for a night of rest and relaxation.

How to use

Diffuse ylang ylang and other calming oils an hour or so before bed to create a calming, relaxing environment. Dilute ylang ylang with a carrier oil and apply it to the wrists and bottoms of the feet.

Skin Support

Ylang ylang has been used for centuries in beauty products and skin care regimens to promote healthy, youthful skin. It’s known to soothe, tone, and balance the skin, preventing signs of aging and giving the skin a glowing appearance.

Blends well with

To increase the effectiveness of ylang ylang, combine it with lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, or neroli essential oils.

How to use

Dilute ylang ylang oil, alone or in combination with other essential oils, with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, and apply to the skin, or drop one drop of ylang ylang oil into a warm bowl of water to steam the face.

Add one drop of ylang ylang essential oil to a carrier oil or lotion to create a massage oil.

Energy Support

Many find ylang ylang to be a powerfully uplifting scent, helping to awaken the senses and energize the mind and body. If you’re fighting fatigue or feeling in a fog throughout the day, ylang ylang may offer a mid-day boost.

Blends well with

Frankincense, bergamot, tangerine, or other citrus oils can work with ylang ylang to create a bright, energizing aroma.

How to use

During the early morning hours or when you need an afternoon boost, diffuse or inhale ylang ylang essential oil to create an energizing, uplifting environment.

Digestive Support

Feelings of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm can also affect the body’s digestive system, preventing proper digestion. Ylang ylang can work to calm these feelings, helping to calm both the body and mind.

Blends well with

Along with ylang ylang, peppermint and frankincense are calming, digestive-supporting oils that you may find beneficial.

How to use

Dilute ylang ylang essential oil with a carrier oil and apply in a circular motion around the belly button, as needed, to ease an upset stomach and support digestive health.


It’s important to dilute ylang ylang essential oil to prevent skin irritation. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant, consult your physician before use. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not ingest. Do not use in the presence of dogs or cats.


The romantic, sweet, floral aroma of ylang ylang creates a calm and relaxing environment when diffused. It can lift your mood, ease tension, and create a serene space. Add a few drops of essential oils to your diffuser based on the size of your room and desired strength.

Ylang Ylang Diffuser Blends


2 drops ylang ylang essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops frankincense essential oil

Mindful Morning

3 drops ylang ylang essential oil

2 drops bergamot essential oil


2 drops ylang ylang essential oil

2 drops eucalyptus essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil


2 drops ylang ylang essential oil

2 drops tangerine essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

By nature. By vörda.

With a deep understanding of the harms of artificial ingredients, we are dedicated to making only 100% pure and all-natural essential oils and aromatherapy products. We source the finest botanicals from around the world and process the blending in Japan with great care and consideration. We made an innovation on the way people enjoy aromatherapy by introducing handcrafted wood diffusers that naturally and quietly diffuse your favorite aromas.