Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet, romantic aroma and moisturizing properties, making it a key ingredient in many luxury skin and hair products. Ylang Ylang is often classified as a heart note because it emerges just as the top notes begin to dissipate. Add it to your daily moisturizer, a steamy bath, or homemade hair mask for a relaxing, luxuriously aromatic at-home spa day.
- Uplifting aroma helps inspire a more positive, courageous mood
- Supports your cardiovascular functioning (especially helpful with supporting your heart)
- May help repel mosquitos
- Nontoxic perfume, room, or linen spray
- Diffuse or wear in diffusing jewelry to inspire feelings of serenity and joy
Our favorite DIY Diffuser Recipes with Ylang Ylang essential oil
- Sweetheart: 5 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops bergamot, 2 drops lime
- Cupid’s Strike: 2 drops ylang ylang, 3 drops lime, 3 drops patchouli
- By The Sea: 2 drops ylang ylang, 2 drops bergamot, 1 drop lemongrass
- Mountain Summer: 1 drop ylang ylang, 2 drops lemon, 1 drop peppermint
- A Step In Paradise: 2 drops ylang ylang, 3 drops Citrus Fresh
Frequently Asked Questions about Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Is ylang ylang essential oil safe to use while pregnant?
Yes. Generally ylang ylang essential oil is considered safe to use while you’re pregnant, and while breastfeeding.
If you’re using oils while pregnant, I highly recommend this reference guide. It contains some great advice for using essential oils while pregnant, plus some DIY Recipes you’ll love too.
Is ylang ylang essential oil safe for kids and babies?
Generally, yes, ylang ylang is safe to use on and around children over 6. Though I do highly recommend only using lavender and frankincense on or around newborns.
While essential oils may be safe for kids to use, please do not have your child use an essential oil internally without being under the direct guidance of a naturopathic doctor.
Can you be allergic to ylang ylang essential oil?
There are a few reasons why you would experience an allergy-like reaction to essential oils. Usually, this is caused by not diluting the oil you’re applying (or not diluting it enough). Please refer to our essential oils and allergies article for more in-depth information.
Is ylang ylang essential oil safe for dogs and cats?
Ylang ylang essential oil is safe to use with your dogs. It is NOT safe to use by itself around cats, but if it isn’t the majority oil in a blend and is used cautiously, you should be ok… just make sure to allow your cat the ability to leave the room and seek refuge in a room where there isn’t a diffuser running if he/she needs to.
If you’re using essential oils around your family pets, be sure to allow them access out of the room and into a room where you’re not diffusing. This way they’re able to escape when they feel they’ve had enough. Please also consider picking up a reference guide specific to using essential oils with animals.
Should you use ylang ylang essential oil if you’re taking medication?
This is a very personal question, and really depend on which medications you’re taking. I have an entire article dedicated to known medication contraindications that I highly recommend you check out… in addition to having a lengthy conversation with your local aromatherapist or pharmacist.
How often should you use ylang ylang essential oil?
This is also a personal question. This depends on what you’re using it for and how experienced you are using it. For beginners, I recommend only diffusing for 30 minutes at a time, then giving your body an hour break. If you diffuse too much, you could end up light headed. Personally, I have a diffuser running most of the day intermittently (using the intermittent setting on our diffuser). Or I’ll wear a piece of diffusing jewelry with 3 drops of oil on it throughout the day (those 3 drops usually last a few days). Check out our article about diffusing essential oils safely for more info.
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Where to find Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach. They’re also one of two essential oil blends (Young Living and Oshadhi) that haven’t participated in the shocking essential oil industry dirty little secrets that no one is talking about.
Warning: DO NOT purchase your oils through Amazon or similar websites!
Any website that allows anyone to sell on, such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart… etc… are terrible places to purchase essential oils. While you may get a “good deal,” knowing who you’re purchasing from is difficult. There are many counterfeit essential oils being sold that are causing health ailments, major skin reactions, and a lot of misery. These are NOT high quality essential oils. They are fakes being sold purely for profit.
I also do NOT recommend purchasing from grocery stores, Walmart, Target, department stores, or drug stores. Many of the brands found at those stores have been proven to not actually contain any essential oil (which is perfectly legal to do).
I STRONGLY suggest you know the company that makes your oils, how the plants are cared for, what they do for distilling, how and how many times each batch is tested (and when), and their bottling processes. Many companies throw out fancy language for marketing purposes, but actually have no clue how their oils are made because the oils come from a broker (which are almost always diluted in solvents). Transparency is key.
I highly encourage you to check out our How To Find Quality Essential Oils post for in-depth information about why quality matters, and what to look for.
Where we purchase our essential oils, and why
We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach. This company has proven to me time and time again to be the closest thing out there to buying from your local farmer. They are totally transparent in their processes, and even open their farms so you can see for yourself (or involve yourself in the process).
We LOVE their farm-to-table approach to growing, distilling, bottling, and delivering your oils right to your door!
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