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Ylang Ylang Oil self-care benefits

Awareness of our organic Ylang ylang essential oil forms part of our 5 Elements of Nature. Set with the intentional energy of awareness and the element symbol of earth, which relates to the root chakra.  

Known by the botanical name Cananga odorata, our Ylang-ylang essential oil is certified organic and sourced in Australia. A yellow star-shaped flower, Ylang-ylang, grows in tropical areas like India, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Australia. Ylang-ylang is a heady, aromatic scent that is fruity, flowery, and rich. Several grades of essential oil come from the flower via steam distillation. Ylang-ylang complete is an intense top note used in perfumes such as Chanel Number Five. The less potent grade essential oils are used as a medium to base notes in the aroma and make products favoured by men and women alike.

Benefits of ylang-ylang oil

Decreases Blood Pressure + Heart Rate

Inhalation of Ylang-ylang has a soothing effect, significantly reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure rates and heart rate in healthy men. Known to improve circulation, the calming effect on the nervous system helps support the cardiovascular system.

Calms Stress 

Both inhalations and topical application (diluted) is exceptionally calming. A study uncovered that massaging a 20% solution of Ylang-ylang oil in sweet almond oil over the abdomen for 5 minutes significantly decreased blood pressure and increased skin temperature. An indication of muscle relaxation and, therefore, a decrease in sympathetic nervous system function.


While well known as an aphrodisiac, there is little modern research to substantiate this claim. However, Ylang-ylang, with its heady scent and calming effect, increases libido, reduces sexual anxiety and energises.  


Known for its positive effect when inhaled, Ylang-ylang acts on the olfactory system in the brain. It can promote feelings of joy and ease while releasing negative emotions, promoting a calm and peaceful atmosphere in the home.

Use ‘Awareness’ our organic Ylang-ylang essential oil to stay grounded, calm and uplifted while living your life with intention.

Diverse Uses of Ylang-ylang:

  •  Ylang-ylang in traditional medicine is an ingredient in skin tonics and asthma remedies.
  • A potent antiseptic, use it as a natural cleaner around the home.
  • An antidepressant that uplifts the spirit when diffused.
  • Applying diluted with a carrier oil to your skin has a strong sedative effect assisting with sleep.
  • Known for its exotic scent and strong aphrodisiac properties, it is a favourite with males and females.
  • Ylang-ylang flower’s fresh petals were ritually and traditionally strewn across a marriage bed to stimulate desire and arousal.
  • Many ancient cultures have referenced this flower as an essence of youth, fertility and desire. Hence, its oil has a long history of being used by women as a perfume.
  • Added to your favourite massage oil, it can help relieve the symptoms of painful periods, like pain and cramps, bloating, mood swings and headaches. It can also help soothe muscular aches and pains after exercise.
  • This oil can heal the skin. Adding Ylang-ylang to your skincare routine or adding it to oil like Jojoba will result in healthy and rejuvenated skin. As with Lemongrass, it is also helpful as a chemical-free insect repellent.
  • Ylang-ylang oil can help thicken the hair, prevent hair loss, and add some to your unscented conditioner and shampoo. It will help prevent tangles, help get rid of its dandruff and give your hair and scalp a lift.

  A quick word of caution: 

  1. Never ingest essential oils.
  2. Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.
  3. Please do not use it on babies or small children.
  4. Ylang-ylang may irritate sensitive skin.
  5. Store your essential oils in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  6. Topical use – use organic carrier oils to apply to your skin through massage or rub target areas such as the neck, forehead and temples.
  7. Avoid applying oils to sensitive areas like the nose, ears, eyes, or broken skin.
  8. Always read labels and package instructions before using essential oil for the first time.
  9. Use dilution to minimise skin sensitivity.
  10. Be aware of oils with sun sensitivity warnings.
  11. Follow professional recommendations, healthcare provider advice and common sense.
  12. Practice safe storage—keep oils out of reach of children.
  13. Always supervise young children when applying essential oils.

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