Getting Down to Essentials: Ylang Ylang Oil

No, you are not seeing double.  Ylang Ylang is the name and it is pronounced EE-lang, EE-lang. This popular essential oil comes from the brilliant yellow, fragrant flower petals of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree, which is native to Indonesian and Philippine tropical forests.

Even if you are not familiar with its name, you are with its scent. Ylang Ylang is a key top note – an ingredient that gives a perfume its unique scent - in Chanel No 5, arguably the world’s most famous perfume.

Used in many products

With a delightfully sweet, flowery pungent smell that is like Jasmine, Ylang Ylang essential oil is a favorite for use in body care, cosmetic and perfume products. The essential oil has an uplifting effect on mood and induces feelings of joy and hope. Inhaling the sweet floral aroma of Ylang Ylang oil can relieve stress, anxiety and depression and relax the body.

Because of its pleasing smell, Ylang Ylang oil has become a favorite for aromatherapy. It blends particularly well with bergamot, grapefruit, lavender and sandalwood essential oils

Other health benefits

In addition to its use in aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang oil has other benefits as noted by Organic Facts.[1]

  • It lowers blood pressure and so is an effective agent for treating hypertension and other heart problems.
  • It has antiseptic properties. Research suggests that it helps keep wounds from developing sepsis and tetanus by inhibiting microbial growth and disinfecting wounds. This property also protects wounds from bacteria, viral, and fungal infections. And it helps wounds heal faster.
  • It has sedative properties. It strengthens and repairs damage to the nervous system. It also reduces stress on the nerves and protects them from developing several nervous disorders.
  • Studies indicate Ylang Ylang has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ylang Ylang oil also can help moisturize skin and nourish hair and scalp. It helps balance excess oil production on the skin, which makes it good for combination skin. And the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Ylang Ylang oil help soothe skin irritations.

With so much going for it, it is not surprising that Ylang Ylang oil is featured as one of BIOTONE’s single note essential oils available in ½ fluid ounce bottle. You will also find it Renewal Aromatherapy Massage Lotion, which is made with a 100% essential oil blend of Mint, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Litsea. Contains Jojoba, Avocado and Olive Oils, known for their skin soothing benefits. Shea and mango butters give a luxuriously silky feel and smooth finish. This lotion is excellent for all massage modalities. Extended glide with less reapplications. A light, natural aroma helps enhance clarity and renews the body.

Clients in need of treatments to help destress and lift their spirits will appreciate an aromatherapy massage that includes Ylang Ylang essential oil.



[1] Nagdeve, Meenakshi, “8 Surprising Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Organic Facts, January 26, 2020.