Joys of ylang ylang

written by Anthony Zappia | WELLBEING COMMUNITY BLOGGER

Ylang Ylang flower Credit: istock

Ylang ylang is Malay for “flower of flowers”. The flower petals are sprinkled over the marriage bed in Indonesia on the wedding night, as Ylang ylang has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac. The flower petals are steam distilled to produce the essential oil. it is one of the most used fragrances in perfumes and other toiletries. There’s no doubt the sweet, sensual scent of ylang ylang is hard to resist but there’s a lot more to this essential oil than meets the eye (or the nose).

Cardio-pulmonary system

People have benefited from using ylang ylang for issues such as cardiac arrhythmia, palpitations, tachycardia, high blood pressure and rapid breathing. In fact there are studies indicating that ylang ylang is beneficial for people suffering hypertension.[1]

Mental and emotional state

There’s no doubt the sweet, sensual scent of ylang ylang is hard to resist but there’s a lot more to this essential oil than meets the eye (or the nose).

Ylang ylang has powerful relaxing and harmonizing properties.[2] It can help reduce anxiety and depression[3], mental fatigue and insomnia. Because it is so calming it can help with anger issues. On an emotional level it can help with improving confidence and self-esteem and bring feelings of love and joy. Ylang ylang can also help with the balancing of male-female energies and bring one closer to spiritual attunement.

Other possible uses

How to use it


Blending and usage data

Blend Classification: Personifier and Modifier

Blends with: Anise, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, cumin, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, marjoram, sandalwood and vetiver.

Odor: Type: Middle to Base Notes (20-80% of the blend); Scent: Sweet, heavy, tropical floral, with spicy-balsamic undertones

Safety data: Not for children under the age of 6. To be used with caution by people with low blood pressure problems. Repeated use may result in contact sensitization.

Till next time



Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Further reading: 

Essential Oil Ideas for Valentine’s Day, Essential Oils For Living.

Emotional Healing with Essential Oils, Wellbeing

15 essential oils for stress relief, Wellbeing

Using essential oils in your love life, Part 2, Wellbeing

Essential oils for the spirit, Wellbeing


[1] Cha JH, Lee SH, Yoo YS. Effects of aromatherapy on changes in the autonomic nervous system, aortic pulse wave velocity and aortic augmentation index in patients with essential hypertension. J Korean Acad Nurs. 2010 Oct;40(5):705-13. Also Jung DJ, Cha JY, Kim, SE et al. Effects of Ylang-Ylang aroma on blood pressure and heart rate in healthy men. J Exerc Rehabil. 2013 April;9(2): 250-255

[2] Hongratanaworakit T, Buchbauer G. Evaluation of the harmonizing effect of ylang-ylang oil on humans after inhalation. Planta Med. 2004 Jul;70(7):632-6.

[3] Hongratanaworakit T, Buchbauer G. Relaxing effect of ylang ylang oil on humans after transdermal absorption. Phytother Res. 2006 Sep;20(9):758-63

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Anthony Zappia writes a regular blog about health and social issues, areas that he's passionate about. Twelve years ago he became especially interested in essential oils and their ability to enhance health and wellbeing. Anthony continues to follow the latest research and is himself a distributor of essential oils.