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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Profile

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, pronounced as Eee-lang Eee-lang, was one of the first essential oils that I ever purchased and worked with. I couldn't resist its intoxicating aroma.

Ylang Ylang Oil is a rather interesting essential oil as its distillation varies a bit from most other oils, and this can affect the composition and aroma of the oil.

Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Oil

Ylang Ylang Extra Oil is typically distilled for a short duration of time before the essential oil is collected. Ylang Ylang Extra is said to contain approximately 30 constituents, with a high proportion of esters, ethers and phenols.

Ylang Ylang I, II and III Essential Oils

After oil classified as Ylang Ylang Extra is collected, the distillation process then continues. After a period of time, the distillation process is stopped and the resulting oil is then again collected. That oil is then referred to as Ylang Ylang I. The process repeats, resulting in Ylang Ylang II and Ylang Ylang III. The duration between distillations and the details can vary between distillers. The distillations are generally referred to as fractions and are typically used within fragrancing and perfumery applications.

Ylang Ylang Complete Essential

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang Complete is the essential oil obtained from a complete, uninterrupted distillation. There are instances when an oil labeled as Ylang Ylang Complete may really only contain a subset of the distillations. It may be prudent to check with your vendor to the exact distillation details of their Ylang Ylang Complete.

Within holistic aromatherapy, typically the Extra and the Complete oils are preferred. The other fractions are generally used within fragrancing and perfumery work.

Emotionally, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is heralded for being helpful with stress and anxiety. It's also used in cases of depression or when trying to cope with anger. I use Ylang Ylang Oil in blends intended to focus upon happiness, gratitude and celebrating blessings. Ylang Ylang is also considered an aphrodisiac.

For Chakra work, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is said to help balance the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras.

Topically, Ylang Ylang Oil has been praised for helping combat acne and oily skin. It may help with alopecia (hair loss).

Be careful when first using Ylang Ylang Essential Oil as it can cause headaches for some individuals, especially if diffused in high concentration.

Botanical Name

Cananga odorata var genuina

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Flowers

Color

Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Consistency

Medium

Perfumery Note

Middle/Base

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium - Strong

Aromatic Description

Fresh, floral, sweet, slightly fruity, fragrant yet delicate.

Possible Uses

Anxiety, depression, frigidity, hypertension, palpitations, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 61-67.]

Constituents

(Depends on the distillation.)

Linalol
Farnesol
Geraniol
Geranial
Benzyl Acetate
Geranyl Acetate
Eugenol
Methyl Chavicol
Pinene
Beta-Caryophyllene
Farnasene
[Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that Ylang Ylang Essential Oil may pose a moderate risk of skin sensitization and recommend dermal maximum of 0.8%. They caution to avoid use for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin and in children younger than 2. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 476-480.]

Can cause headaches and nausea if used in excess. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 104.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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