How to Use Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Physical benefits of ylang ylang essential oil

Ylang ylang essential oil comes from a tropical evergreen that quickly grows to heights of 60 feet or more and can withstand high winds. This commonly used essential oil in soaps, perfumes, and lotion because it’s harmonizing and calming properties are appealing to both men and women. In Chinese medicine, this essential oil balances male and female hormones and adapts the benefits of other oils it is combined with to meet the needs of the individual who is using it.*

Ylang ylang essential oil supports all aspects of the endocrine system by harmonizing the hypothalamus and pituitary axis and calming the adrenal stress response. Because the stress hormone cortisol comes from progesterone reserves, women find this essential oil especially helpful during the second half of the menstrual cycle and with estrogen-dominant conditions. Men find this essential oil beneficial for enhancing a low drive and curbing an excessive sex drive, and adapting to their partner’s needs.*

As with all evergreens, this essential oil promotes longevity and healthy aging. Because it grows in tropical climates, it targets the skin and encourages a youthful appearance. Ylang ylang essential oil is best used topically to take advantage of the hormone balancing skin nourishing properties. Combining this oil with others and diluting the blend with a high-quality, organic moisturizer or carrier oil is recommended for long-term use.*

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Emotional benefits of ylang ylang essential oil

Since ylang ylang essential oil supports the heart and cardiovascular system, wearing a few drops of this essential oil over your heart will help you stay true to your soul’s purpose while interacting with people and adapting to your immediate environment. Ylang ylang’s aroma is floral and sweet and adding this oil in your facial moisturizer will help you focus on the sweetness in life, often lost with the aging process.*

Anytime you find yourself dealing with a stressful situation or feel anxious about upcoming events, apply a drop of ylang ylang oil to your inner wrist crease and rub the wrists together and smell as needed. Several spirit-calming acupuncture points are located on the inside of the wrist and will enhance the relaxing effects of this essential oil.*

If you are looking to improve your physical and spiritual connection with your spouse or life-partner, then diffusing ylang ylang with aphrodisiac oils such as sandalwood and black pepper will create the right mood for both you and your partner.*

*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.

Ylang Ylang essential oil research articles:

A study shows inhalation of lavender, marjoram and ylang ylang essential oil has immediate and continuous effects on blood pressure and stress reduction

Kim IH, Kim C, Seong K, Hur MH, Lim HM, Lee MS. Essential oil inhalation on blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels in prehypertensive and hypertensive subjects. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:984203. doi: 10.1155/2012/984203. Epub 2012 Nov 19. PubMed PMID: 23259002; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3521421


Research demonstrates ylang ylang essential oil reverses the anxiety induced by 1-(3-chlorophenyl) piperazine through regulating the MAPK pathway and serotonin system in mice

Nan Zhang, Lei Zhang, Linyin Feng, Lei Yao, Cananga odorata essential oil reverses the anxiety induced by 1-(3-chlorophenyl) piperazine through regulating the MAPK pathway and serotonin system in mice, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 219, 2018, Pages 23-30, ISSN 0378-8741, (


A study shows that ylang ylang essential oil reduces anxiety in male mice by altering the levels of dopamine and 5-HT in the hippocampus 

Nan Zhang, Lei Zhang, Linyin Feng, Lei Yao, The anxiolytic effect of essential oil of Cananga odorata exposure on mice and determination of its major active constituents, Phytomedicine, Volume 23, Issue 14, 2016, Pages 1727-1734, ISSN 0944-7113, (


A study found ylang ylang essential oil increases calmness

Moss M, Hewitt S, Moss L, Wesnes K. Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang. Int J Neurosci. 2008 Jan;118(1):59-77. PubMed PMID: 18041606


A study shows that inhalation of ylang ylang, lavender, and bergamot reduces phycological stress responses, lowers serum cortisol levels and lowered blood pressure in those with essential hypertension

Hwang JH. [The effects of the inhalation method using essential oils on blood pressure and stress responses of clients with essential hypertension]. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2006 Dec;36(7):1123-34. Korean. PubMed PMID: 17211115