Ylang Ylang essential oil – it’s uses

Please dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil before using it for massage.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) 

Ylang Ylang oil is distilled from the flowers of the plant.

During the process a number of different grades of oil are taken off. The first is ylang extra, and it is the most expensive and most desired by perfumers.

3 succesive distillations follow – grade I, II & III which are progressively less complex and lose more of the subtle top notes

The first oil that is drawn from the flowers is the best quality, though subsequent yields have similar therapeutic features, but the perfume is less refined.

 Mind; Excellent for excitable conditions regulating the adrenaline flow and relaxing the nervous system, resulting in a feeling of joy. It could well ease feelings of anger, anxiety, shock, panic and fear.


It is very good at regulating the flow of adrenaline and thus slows its effects reducing stress, anger, frustration, panic and fear.

It is very good at balancing the hormones making it valuable for problems associated with the reproductive system. It is an antidepressant.

Its sedative properties are helpful with rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure. Has a relaxing effect on the nervous system.

Ylang Ylang is heralded by many as an aphrodisiac.

Effect on the skin; Versatile oil, having a balancing action on sebum so making it effective on both oily and dry skins. Also a tonic and stimulating effect on the scalp promoting a more luxurious hair growth.

Precaution; Excessive use may lead to headaches and nausea.

One thing to remember: Ylang Ylang has a euphoric effect, promoting positive emotions in the user and calming and sedating in times of stress.

Anne O’Brien

AOB Therapies

Telephone 087 272 1757



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