Ylang Ylang (Extra) Essential Oil
- Distillation Method: Steam
- Country of Origin: Madagascar
- Plant Part: Flower
- Latin Name: Cananga odorata
- Cultivation: Naturally Grown
About the Oil: Soothing and alluring, opening and centering, our exotic, spicy sweet Ylang Ylang Essential Oils promote inner peace, joy and sensuality. An oil (or two!) that belongs in everyone’s perfumery and apothecary; a true treasure from the world of flowers. Ylang Ylang ‘Extra’ is obtained from only part of the first hour of distillation and is considered the very finest quality of Ylang Ylang, highly sought after by natural perfumers.
NOTE: CO2-extractions give you not only the volatile oils of the plant, but also some of the larger molecules and lipids that some plants contain. For this reason, CO2 extractions, particularly CO2 totals, are very thick in the original extraction, and may not be suitable for diffusing. To learn more about CO2-extractions, check out our Making Essential Oils page.
$2.06 – $139.00
About The Plant
Cananga odorata is a fast-growing, tall evergreen tree which grows up to 35 meters high; however, under cultivation it is pruned to about 3 meters. The tree bears numerous, large, tender, strongly scented flowers, which can be pink, mauve or yellow (the yellow flowers are considered best for the extraction of essential oil). It flowers all year round, however, the main flower harvests are in the early dry season. Ylang Ylang originates from Southeast Asia, although it is now native in Burma, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Islands.
About The Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is produced by steam and water distillation of the freshly picked flowers of Cananga odorata. The distillation is carried out in small stills because of the delicacy of the flowers.
Distilleries generally produce 4 grades (or distillates) of the essential oil:; ‘extra’, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (occasionally there is a ‘premier’ or ‘superior’ grade, which would be the top grade). The quality and price decreases in the same order. The ‘complete’ is either an uninterrupted (hence unfractionated) distillation of the flowers, or the term refers to a blend of the ‘extra’, grade 1, and grade 2 distillations. Most essential oil retailers only offer the ‘extra’ and ‘complete’.
Ylang Ylang ‘extra’ is a pale yellow oil with a powerful floral and intensely sweet aroma (the sweetness is attributed to the concentration of esters). The base note becomes more pleasant; softer and sweeter in the drydown. Extremely tenacious, rich and heady, the ‘extra’ is mostly employed by perfumers.
Ylang Ylang ‘complete’ is a yellowish, somewhat oily liquid with a powerful but less sweet, soft balsamic floral aroma with a floral woody undertone. Our ‘complete’ is made from the unfractionated three hour long steam distillation of the Ylang Ylang flower. This produces an essential oil with a full, sweet and complex floral aroma that retains all of the therapeutic compounds found in the fractionated distillations. This is why the ‘complete’ is considered more relaxing than the ‘extra’, as it contains more ‘linalool’, a calming constituent more plentiful in the later distillations, and why it is more highly prized by aromatherapists.
The name ‘ylang ylang’ comes from the Philippine ‘alang-ilang’, referring to the flowers that “hang” or “flutter” in the breeze. Islanders would pick the flowers and immerse them in coconut oil, producing a pomade called boori-boori.; This was used as a body rub to reduce fevers and infections and to nourish and rejuvenate skin. The oil was also applied to hair to protect it from the salt water of the ocean as they swam. In Indonesia, the flowers are strewn on the bed of newlyweds. In Victorian England it was the primary ingredient in Macassar hairdressing. It was also used to soothe insect bites. And in Madagascar, it is commonly used as flavoring in ice cream.
Oddly enough, wild Ylang Ylang trees have little to no scent. To obtain the divinely sweet scent of the flowers, the tree must be constantly pruned and maintained. Like Jasmine grandiflorum and Rose essential oils, Ylang Ylang blossoms must be harvested in the early morning hours and immediately distilled for the most beautiful aroma.
Ylang Ylang is considered one of the most important essential oils in perfumery. The higher grades are reserved for perfumes while the lower grades are used for soaps and such.
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Reduces sebum production
Softens and soothes skin
Reduces moisture loss
Encourages hair growth
Especially for youthful skin, mature skin, dry skin, oily skin, blemished skin, split ends of hair, insect bites
Decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
Supports blood circulation
Helps to relieve stress
Increases sexual desire
Enhances sexual performance
Relaxes Central NERVOUS SYSTEM
Slows over rapid breathing and heartbeat
Balances mood swings of PMS
Strengthens the NERVOUS SYSTEM
Helps alleviate stress and nervous tension
Energetically cool and moist (Yin energy), Ylang Ylang works to clear heat from the heart, when severe nervous tension leads to cardiovascular symptoms.
Simultaneously harmonizing the Mind (Shen) and calming the NERVOUS SYSTEM, the oil is known for its ability to ""cool down"" states of restlessness and agitation and promote deep sleep.
Without the presence of cool and moist Yin energy emotions cannot flow and may "dry up", leading to isolation and depression. The Mind (Shen) loses its natural ability to express and experience both pleasure and joy.
Ylang Ylang is soothing and calming to the mind and body, opening the heart and enhancing mood (especially sensual). The emotional hallmark of Ylang Ylang is a gentle euphoria which can be used during all phases of life to uplift emotions and help calm overexcited states. It can be used to support grounding and stabilization during experiences of fear and upset.
Ylang ylang helps to create a feeling of peace and dispels anger, rage, and frustration which are often a hindrance to healing, meditation, and all spiritual activities.
Ylang Ylang can help balance male and female energies, reducing internal conflict between these seeming opposites. In this manner, the aroma of the oil may positively influence sexual relationships, help restore confidence and selfesteem, and inspire creativity.
Ylang ylang's aphrodisiac powers are no doubt attributed to its ability to reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with sexual inadequacy as well as its uplifting quality. The oil is indicated for impotence and frigidity, especially when fear, anxiety and the urge to withdraw have subconsciously blocked feelings of sexuality. Like Jasmine, Ylang Ylang helps to reunite emotional and sensual natures.
direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
Inhale directly for overall calm and relaxation. In times of shock, anger and anxiety it can slow overrapid breathing and heartbeat.
massage, compress, bath, ointment, skincare
Blend a few drops into your favorite face cream or oil for balanced, supple skin.
Add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage into the ends of hair to repair split ends.
Add several drops to a bath for a calming and sensual experience.
Do not take Ylang Ylang essential oil internally.
This Ylang Ylang 'extra' has intoxicating sweet tropical fruit, orange and banana-ester top notes, complex, musty, rose and jasmine-like floral middle notes poured over balsamic, slightly wooded and resinous undertones. Ylang Ylang 'extra is often the best choice for fine perfume blends.
With similar notes to the Ylang Ylang 'extra', this Ylang Ylang 'complete' is a little more full-boddied, with a more pronounced middle note. For therapeutics and relaxation, this is the oil to choose.
Ylang Ylang Oil is often used in men's fragrances as a floral alternative to the more feminine Rose essential oil.
Its generous tenacity makes it a magnificent fixative in perfume blends.
Ylang Ylang essential oil blends well with: Bergamot, Cistus, Copaiba Balsam, Jasmine, Neroli, Peru Balsam, Rose, Rosewood, and Vetiver.
Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, however excessive use may cause head-aches and nausea. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.
Do not take Ylang Ylang essential oil internally.