The Many Amazing Uses of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang essential oil is actually an ingredient in the perfume Chanel No. 5! It is derived from the ylang ylang flower and has an almost intoxicating floral fragrance. This essential oil has been commonly used for hair thickening over the centuries, but there are so many more little-known uses of ylang ylang.

It gets its wonderful healing benefits from its antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and sedative properties. I was amazed to find out how incredibly useful this oil is. I had no idea this floral perfume ingredient is actually a natural remedy for many ailments, irritations and conditions.

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1. Regulate Heart Rhythm

Rub ylang ylang essential oil on your chest over your heart for a more healthy heartbeat. Mix it with a carrier oil like argan oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil first. It should be mixed at a 50/50 ratio. The oil’s anti-inflammatory properties help prevent heart arrhythmia. Ylang ylang aromatherapy can also help. Just put a few drops in a diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes a few times a day.

2. Improve Circulation

Use ylang ylang to improve circulation. Mix it with a carrier oil to a half and half ratio then massage a little into your chest. You can rub it into your ankles and legs, too, to improve circulation there. Ylang ylang aromatherapy can also help with circulatory problems. You can take ylang ylang orally, too. Just add 1 to 2 drops to a glass of water, tea or a smoothie. Make sure you’ve got 100% pure therapeutic-grade ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) oil before you take it internally.

*Get 100% pure ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil for ingestion and topical applications or aromatherapy.*

3. Lower High Blood Pressure

Massage the 50/50 blend into your chest to lower your blood pressure. Ylang ylang’s natural ability to dilate arteries quickly helps bring down high blood pressure. You can also practice aromatherapy to lower your blood pressure. This oil is quite mild so you can even take 5 to 10 deep breaths of the oil vapors directly from the bottle. Just breathe it in deeply through the nose and exhale through the mouth. The oil’s vapors are absorbed into your system through your sinuses.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you’re breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

4. Reduce Inflammation

Utilize ylang ylang EO’s anti-inflammatory properties to reduce inflammation anywhere in your body. Inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons can be quickly relieved so your body can heal itself and function more efficiently. Massage the 50/50 blend into shoulders, elbows, ankles, knees, hips and even your back to get relief and let the healing begin. You can also put 5 to 10 drops into a soothing, hot bath for all-over relief.

*Consult with your physician before using ylang ylang if you are currently undergoing treatment, especially for heart problems or diabetes.*

5. Give Your Immune System a Boost

Use a 50/50 ylang ylang/carrier oil blend to boost your immune system. Apply it to your throat and chest then your abdomen. This is good to do at the end of the day when you go to bed as it relaxes you, too. Thoroughly massage it into your abdominal area. Make sure you rub the oil in over the liver and gall bladder (upper right), stomach and intestines. Coconut oil is a great carrier oil to use for this. It has immune-system benefits, too. It can be a bit greasy, though, so put an old t-shirt on after you apply the blend.

6. Improve Intestinal Health

Use the ylang ylang blend to improve intestinal health and digestion. It will actually improve the health of your entire digestive tract. Do the 50/50 blend massage over your abdominal area to take advantage of this benefit. Make sure you cover the liver and gall bladder to help stimulate the release of digestive juices.

*Use ylang ylang essential oil with caution if you have low blood pressure. It might lower it too much.*

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7. Prevent Nerve Damage from Diabetes

Reduce your risk of developing nerve damage or neuropathy from diabetes. Ylang ylang essential oil actually protects your cells and tissues from nerve damage. Do the abdominal massage and rub it into the balls of your feet.

8. Put Pep in Your Step

Practice ylang ylang essential oil aromatherapy to alleviate fatigue and get motivated. It can help relieve body aches, too. Put a few drops in your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes when you are feeling low, take 5 to 10 deep breaths directly from the bottle or apply a drop or two to your neck, wrists or chest. It is a main ingredient in a very popular perfume, after all.

9. Boost your Confidence

Inhale ylang ylang EO vapors to raise your confidence level before an important meeting or a first date. It will make you feel calm and confident enough to face just about anything. Run your diffuser with a few drops of ylang ylang or simply inhale it from the bottle. If you are a woman, put a drop or 2 on your neck, wrists and chest. You will smell wonderful and the confidence boosting fragrance will continually waft up around you. If you begin to feel a bit nervous, take a few deep sniffs from your wrist.

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10. Relieve Tension

Practice ylang ylang essential oil aromatherapy to relieve tension. Run your diffuser with a few drops of oil for 30 to 60 minutes and feel your tension melt away. You can also put 5 to 10 drops into a hot bath for a relaxing soak or just apply 2 drops of your ylang ylang/carrier oil blend to the back of your neck. It will immediately go to work to relieve that tension.

11. Enhance Your Libido

Use your ylang ylang essential oil blend to enhance your libido. If you use coconut oil as your carrier oil, it makes a great massage oil blend. Do a deep lower back and shoulder massage or practice some aromatherapy while enjoying a romantic meal. It works to raise the libido for men and women.

12. Get PMS Relief

Use ylang ylang to get relief from cramps and tension associated with premenstrual syndrome. Massage your 50/50 blend into your lower abdominal area and the back of your neck. For a little added relief, mix a few drops of lavender essential oil into your blend.

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13. Prevent Wrinkles

Take advantage of ylang ylang essential oil’s anti-aging properties to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging. Mix 2 drops of ylang ylang into 1 teaspoon of argan oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil. Moisturize your face, throat and chest with this blend 2 times each day immediately after you wash. As with any type of moisturizer, take care to avoid getting it in your eyes. Use your fingertips to gently tap a very small amount on the skin around your eyes where wrinkles tend to form. Jojoba oil and argan oil are especially good for this as they absorb quickly.

*Put a drop of ylang ylang oil on your skin in an inconspicuous area and wait a few hours to test for sensitivity.*

14. Alleviate Skin Irritation

Apply your ylang ylang oil blend to get relief from any skin irritation. Red irritated skin, rashes and even eczema will quickly settle down. You can mix a few drops of lavender essential oil into your blend for added irritation-relieving benefits.

15. Prevent Skin Cancer

Use your ylang ylang face-moisturizing blend to help prevent skin cancer. Massage it into your face, neck, chest, shoulders, arms and anywhere else where you think skin cancer may develop.

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16. Clear Up Acne

Mix 2 to 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil into a teaspoon of your regular face cream to help clear up acne and prevent further break outs. You can also use the anti-aging blend for this purpose. The oil’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties help acne heal quickly. Ylang ylang also controls excessive sebum production which is one of the main causes of acne.

*Use ylang ylang oil sparingly, at first. It is very mild but some people experience side effects like nausea and headache.*

17. Prevent Skin Infections

Apply a 50/50 ylang ylang blend to wounds and sores to prevent bacterial infections and speed healing. Wash the wound first with mild soap, pat it dry then gently apply the oil. Keep the wound covered with a clean bandage.

18. Get Relief from Seborrhea

Add a few drops of ylang ylang EO to your shampoo to get relief from seborrhea and seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and just plain old dry, itchy scalp. Work the shampoo into a lather, massaging it gently into the scalp, and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing. You can also mix up a 50/50 blend with coconut oil, massage that into your scalp, leave it for 20 to 30 minutes then wash your hair.

19. Alleviate Hair Loss

Use the coconut oil/ylang ylang oil blend to help stop hair loss and encourage new hair growth. Coconut oil is especially good for this.

20. Improve Hair Health

Blend ylang ylang essential oil with jojoba oil or coconut oil and use it as a hot oil treatment for dry, damaged hair. Combine the oils in a small container. Warm the oil by setting it in a slightly larger container with hot water in the bottom. Gently massage the warm oil into your scalp then through the length of your hair. Clip long hair up on top of your head to keep it off your clothes or put a shower cap on. Leave the oil on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes then wash it as usual. You will not believe how beautiful and manageable your hair is after this treatment.

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21. Clean and Freshen Your Home

Blend 2 drops of ylang ylang with 2 drops of jasmine essential oil and add the blend to a small spray bottle of water. Shake well and use it to clean hard surfaces or spray a refreshing tropical fragrance throughout your home. It kills bacteria and smells wonderful.

Was this list helpful to you? I was amazed by all of the little-known uses and natural health benefits of this wonderfully fragrant essential oil. I had no idea ylang ylang essential oil could do so much to make us look, feel and smell good. If you want a natural remedy for any of the all-too-common ailments and conditions on this list, give ylang ylang essential oil a try.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list was helpful and tell me about your own personal experiences with ylang ylang essential oil. We can all continue to add to the list of little-known uses for ylang ylang. Be sure to share, too, so that others can learn about this oil and add their experiences.


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