Ylang-Ylang - What Is It Anyway?

Firstly, How Do you Pronounce It?

It is pronouned "e-lang e-lang". Ok, we have got that out of the way, so why would it might benefit you?

What Is Ylang-Ylang And Where Does It Come From?

Ylang-Ylang oil is made from the flowers of a herb called Cananga Odorata. Cananga Odorata is a tropical tree, native to many Asian countries, northeast Australia, Polynesia and Madagascar. The Ylang-Ylang, or Cananga Odorata, is a plant, and is characterized by drooping branches and bright green leaves. Along the green stems, stalks grow, from which large amounts of yellow-green flowers bloom. These yellow-green flowers dangle from the stalks, and they are highly fragrant. The flowers also produce green fruits, which grow in clusters, and they turn black when ripened. Cananga Odorata produces strongly-scented flowers with large, curved petals. It is from these blooms that Ylang-Ylang is extracted. Steam distillation is used to extract Ylang-Ylang essential oil. There are three recognised grades (1, 2 and 3) depending on when the ylang-ylang oil was obtained. Grades 1 and 2 are normally used in perfumery, and grade 3 is reserved for pure essential oil used in aromatherapy. Ylang-Ylang has 2 main chemical components, which are Germacrene and caryophyllene, which are part of the sesquiterpenes group. The Ylang-Ylang flower has been used for centuries in perfumes, religious ceremonies, aromatherapy, and wedding events. The essential oil produced from this blossom is just as versatile.

Ylang-Ylang - Benefits And Uses

  • It is known as a natural aphrodisiac, increasing sexual desire.

  • Ylang-Ylang contains chemicals which may help you to feel calm. It has been used for relaxation, for centuries.

  • Do you sometimes struggle see the bright side of things? Using Ylang-Ylang can help you see things in a more optimistic perspective. Ylang-Ylang has powerful uplifting properties and can help to promote a positive outlook. For centuries, it has been used to ease symptoms of stress and anxiety.

  • Ylang-Ylang is known to reduce symptoms of depression and help build a positive mindset, a natural extract for helping anyone cope with anger and a low mood.

  • The popular fragrance of Ylang-Ylang is regularly used in perfumes and aromatherapy treatments, as it has a rich scent, and a calming and lifting effect on mood.

  • Ylang-Ylang is known to provide antioxidant support. It contains high levels of antioxidants and sesquiterpenes, which help with oxygen delivery to your body's cells.

  • Ylang-Ylang can help prevent cell damage, and is sometimes prescribed to diabetics.

  • Ylang-Ylang is often considered to be one of the best natural extracts for heart health, reputed to increase blood flow, regulate heartbeat and heal symptoms of cardiac problems.

  • Ylang-Ylang contains germacrene, with natural abilities to soothe.

  • People apply Ylang-Ylang oil to the skin to promote relaxation, kill bacteria, and lower blood pressure. According to some studies, Ylang-Ylang can prove helpful in lowering blood pressure, treating hypertension and other associated heart problems.

  • Ylang-Ylang has been used to treat inflammatory problems such as arthritis and rheumatism.

  • It can also be used as part of a combination spray, used to kill head lice!

  • Ylang-Ylang can promote the appearance of healthy skin and hair.

  • The scent of Ylang-Ylang in aromatherapy is used for memory and thinking skills.

  • Ylang-Ylang is sometimes prescribed to prevent insomnia and cure chronic fatigue syndrome, promoting healthy sleep.

  • In the foods and beverage industry, Ylang-Ylang is used as a flavouring.

  • In manufacturing, it is used as a fragrance for cosmetics and soaps. It has been used in perfumery and cosmetics for hundreds of years, the distinct scent lends itself to floral and oriental fragrances, and helps to create a rich and sophisticated note. Possibly best known for its use in Chanel No. 5.

  • As an essential oil, it is used in perfumery, aromatherapy as a topical treatment for skin conditions, and when internally ingested it provides antioxidant support.

  • Ylang-Ylang can improve skin health, normalising secretion of sebum in the skin, and helping with skin complaints such as acne, and reducing scars and stretch marks. It has also been used to treat symptoms of alopecia.

Fill your home with the rich and sweet scents of the tropical Ylang-Ylang flower. Ylang-Ylang blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Marjoram and Sandalwood.


As you can see, Ylang-Ylang is much more than just a scent. It may have a whole range of health benefits too, and it has an interesting history. At Unique Gifts AG, we have a range of products containing Ylang-Ylang, and we invite you to browse our shop for something to reward yourself or someone else with.

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