Ylang Ylang Complete Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar
Ylang Ylang Complete Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar

Ylang Ylang Complete Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar

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Ylang Ylang Complete Organic Essential Oil from Madagascar 

Batch: YY2023001B

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Botanical name: Cananga odorata

Botanical family: Annonaceae  (custard apple family)

Method of extraction: steam distillation (obtained from a complete, uninterrupted distillation)

Plant part used to extract the oil: freshly picked flowers

Cultivation method: certified organic

Area of origin: native to the rainforests of South-East Asia – from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands to Queensland (Australia).

It is commonly grown in plantations in Madagascar and the Comoros where much of the Ylang-Ylang essential oil is produced.

Historical notes:

The name ‘ylang-ylang’ is the Spanish spelling of the Philipino name for the tree ‘ilang-ilang’ meaning  "wilderness" - referring to the tree's natural rainforest habitat.

Other names for the Ylang-Ylang tree include ‘the fragrant cananga’, ‘Macassar-oil plant’ and ‘perfume tree’. It is called ‘kenanga’ in Malay. Its traditional Polynesian names include Mataʻoi (Cook Islands), Mohokoi (Tonga), Mosoʻoi (Samoa), Motoʻoi (Hawaii), and Mokosoi, Mokasoi or Mokohoi (Fiji).

Some sources claim that the essential oil of Ylang-Ylang was first distilled in 1860 in Manila.

According to the Phillipino myths, a long time ago a beautiful girl was born and the gods named her ‘Ylang’. No one was supposed to ever touch her but many were attracted to her. One day, a man whom she also liked, came to give her some flowers. As he handed her the bouquet, their hands touched and Ylang was instantly transformed into a beautiful tree with fragrant yellow flowers. Legend has it that since that day he has been looking for her everywhere, calling her name “ylang, ylang!”

Biochemical group: sesquiterpene

Main chemical constituents: germacrene D, β-caryophyllene, α-farnesene, linalool,  geranyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, α-humulene, delta-cadinene, methyl-para-cresol,  farnesol, farnesyl acetate, benzyl salicylate, methyl benzoate, geraniol, benzyl acetate, cinnamyl acetate, others

Colour:  pale yellow (please check)

Consistency: medium

Aroma strength: strong

Perfumery note: middle/base

Aroma: exotic, intensely floral, sweet and slightly fruity

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:      

Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments, ylang-ylang is associated with the following therapeutic properties: anti-depressant, anti-infectious, anxiolytic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, regulator, sedative (nervous), tonic.

Qualified aromatherapists may use ylang-ylang essential oil for common complaints such as:

  • cardiovascular issues, such as palpitations and hypertension
  • nervous and emotional issues – regarded as a particularly effective sedative and anti-depressant, the oil is commonly used in blends for anxiety, irritability, moodiness, frustration, depression and PMS-related mood swings. It is also recommended for shock, nervous hyperventilation and agitation; considered a great ‘confidence booster’ and it is used in sensual blends to improve sex drive
  • skin care - it is used for all skin types, including dry and oily, thought to be softening and moisture & sebum balancer; used in hair care – split ends (a traditional ingredient in the famous Makasar hair oil)
  • others

How we use it:

Inhalation / Vaporisation:

- Vaporise a couple of drops or use in an aroma inhaler for PMS-related mood swings - try blended with clary sage, geranium, lavender or sweet orange.

- Vaporising a couple of drops of  Ylang-Ylang might also help with depression. Try in combination with a drop of bergamot, jasmine, neroli, lavender, sweet orange or patchouli.

- Varporise a few drops of Ylang-Ylang or use in an aroma inhaler for stress and stress-related issues such as anxiety, nervous tension and frustration. Try blended with sweet orange, mandarin,  fragonia, frankincense, lemon, petitgrain, geranium, patchouli, cedarwood, sandalwood or bergamot.

- To help assist with hypertension – blend with lavender, sweet marjoram, neroli or May Chang – vaporise or use appropriately diluted in massage and bath

N.B. Any of the above suggestions can also be used in body massage blends

Skin applications:

- For skin preparations - try it blended with lavender or geranium (both are suitable for all skin types) or other essential oils specific to the skin type

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information

Safety considerations:

Tisserand and Young warn that Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil may pose a moderate risk of skin sensitization and recommend a dermal maximum of 0.8%. They also caution to avoid use for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin and in children younger than 2. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 476-480.]

It is a well-known fact that the aroma often causes headaches with overuse – please use sparingly.


Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.


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