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Our Favorite Ways to Use Ylang Ylang

There’s no mistaking the overwhelmingly sweet and floral fragrance of Ylang Ylang essential oil, and its tropical aroma is even considered by some to be intoxicating. Ylang Ylang essential oil is a favorite among people who enjoy nice-smelling botanicals, but it’s more than just a room freshener.  

Studies show it offers many emotional and physical benefits that can improve our lives. Ylang ylang use spans from helping hormonal systems, to improving the condition of skin and hair, to supporting the mind-body connection.

Ylang Ylang has been used for centuries as a perfume and in religious ceremonies for its rich scent and mood-lifting abilities. There is no shortage of beneficial uses of this wonderful essential oil, but these are four of our favorites. Try them out for yourself and find out why Ylang Ylang is considered the oil of the heart.

Natural Scalp and Hair Treatment

When you combine a few drops of Ylang Ylang oil with Jojoba Carrier Oil, it makes a great hair and scalp treatment.

Apply the mixture by massaging it into your scalp to promote healthy and shiny hair and help keep your hair looking strong and moisturized during dry seasons. It’s full of organic compounds that make your head look great and can also help detangle hair and reduce flakiness. It’s also been used to help encourage new hair growth. Just make sure you use a maximum dilution of 0.8%

Soothing Bath

Nothing is quite as relaxing as soaking away the stress of a long day with an incredible bath.

Boost the benefits of your next bath by adding Ylang Ylang oil to invigorate your senses and increase feelings of relaxation. For the ultimate bathing experience, add Epsom salt to your bath water along with a drop or two of this essential oil diluted in a tablespoon of bubble bath.

On an emotional level, a Ylang Ylang bath can help us focus on our heart and help us face past traumas while allowing us to connect to our inner sense of joy and appreciation.  Not only will a Ylang Ylang bath smell amazing while opening up your heart, but it will also be just what you need to unwind, decompress and recharge after a busy day.

woman relaxing in bath

Aromatherapy Steam Facial

A refreshing aromatherapy steam facial is always a good idea, and Ylang Ylang essential oil has the power to promote healthy, beautiful skin.

Give your face a little TLC by adding a  drop of Ylang Ylang oil to a bowl or sink of hot water and holding your face over it for a few minutes. The hot water will diffuse the oil into the air you breathe in, and the warmth from the steam will open the pores and release dirt and bacteria from your skin.

Adding Ylang ylang will not only give your aromatherapy facial a sweet, floral scent but will aid in giving your skin a youthful glow. It  is also known for its ability to help prevent the signs of aging and even help promote the development of healthy skin.

Natural Mood Booster

If you struggle to see the bright side of life, using Ylang Ylang can help you take on a more optimistic perspective. It acts directly on the brain’s olfactory system and inhaling this essential oil can immediately promote feelings of positivity. Its ability to expand the heart can also help you let go of negative emotions like anger and jealousy.

Simply inhale Ylang Ylang essential oil directly from the bottle or add a few drops to your favorite diffuser to fill your home with the rich tropical scents of the Ylang ylang flower.

You’ll experience an instant calming effect that helps lift your mood and helps you have a brighter perspective on life. For a more profound impact, try massaging it into your skin to promote feelings of awareness, peace, and self-love.

ylang ylang flowers on tree

Final Thoughts

Ylang Ylang essential oil packs impressive abilities to promote a positive mood and your overall outlook, while bringing beauty to your life on the inside and out. Have you tried Ylang Ylang essential oil lately? If so, what are your favorite ways to use it?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


55 thoughts on “Our Favorite Ways to Use Ylang Ylang”

  • What does maximum dilution of 0,8% mean? Does it mean that diluting with a carrier oil must be no more than 0,8% ?

    1. When you’re adding an essential oil to a carrier oil, the dilution rate is basically the percentage of that particular essential oil in the entire mixture. The maximum dilution is telling you to not go over that percentage to make sure there aren’t any adverse reactions. We have a comprehensive guide on dilution as well as a handy chart to help you out.

    1. I like adding it after I wash and rinse. I use a leave in conditioner and add it to that. I mix equal parts of rosemary and ylang ylang (weird combo but it smells fantastic) and couple drops to a big dollop of leave in.

  • I’ve been using ylang ylang in everything lately! I can’t wait to use it on my scalp! Thanks for the tip!!

  • I’m just getting into essential oils. Can not wait to get some Ylang Ylang. My plan is to make a diffuser blend with it and a massage oil blend with it!

  • Oh my goodness, I adore ylang ylang! I make a perfume blend with ylang ylang, bergamot and patchouli ( all Plant Therapy oils, of course!) that I named “joy” because it is just so wonderful and uplifting. I use ylang ylang extra, but now I will have to get a bottle of complete for sure!

  • I love PT Ylang Ylang! I make a wonderful blend of Bergamot, Tangerine and Ylang Ylang. I add this blend to my body lotion. It is so relaxing and uplifting!

  • I love floral scents. I never new that this was so useful. I can’t wait to get a bottle and start to use it. I hope to diffuse it at night to sleep and help with my daughters hair. Thank you

  • I love ylang mixed with black pepper, bergamot and ho wood. Helps me relax and reduce stress.

    Ylang is such an amazing smell. Very feminine and floral. You don’t get that with many oils.

  • I’m so glad I found out about the emotional effects of this oil, I just bought it and cannot wait to try using it for my husbands anxiety!

  • With the scalp recipe. Can I add it to my shampoo and would it have the same effect? I use R.A.W. biolage shampoo and conditioner so it is all natural as well. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Ashley, I think it would be something worth trying, so long as you are still diluting to no more than .8%. The recipe calls for adding it to a carrier oil to sit in the hair/scalp, so i’d be interested to see how it would turn out if it is washed out of the hair in a shampoo.

    1. Pami, the Ylang Ylang Extra has a more refined scent (ideal for perfumers) but it is not going to have all the same therapeutic components as the Complete

  • I use ylang ylang along with bergamot and cedarwood Atlas to scent my homemade laundry detergent–clothes smell so good when I bring them in from the line!

    1. WOW — that sounds like a beautiful blend! I think I may have to give that a try myself; thank you for sharing!

  • One of my favorite oils because of it’s scents but I never realized all the amazing benefits it has! Going to be trying some of these! Thank you for some new ideas

  • After the day/ week I’ve had, I’m definitely going to take a bath tonight with ylang ylang! Thank you for an awesome idea with this amazing oil!

  • Aromatherapy Steam Facial?!?!?! I cannot wait to try that, where has that been the whole time I have been learning and using oils, game changer! Thank you!

  • Not a huge fan of ylang ylang on its own (my daughter says it smells like baby wipes) LOL but I do love diffusing it with vetiver and lavender at night! It is very a very calming aroma to me when diffused this way!

  • Ylang Ylang is such a great oil. I didn’t know about being able to use it on my hair. I’ll have to try that. One of the ways that I like to use it is by making a small herb or rice sachet and putting 1-2 drops of ylang ylang in it. Then I put it in the closet where the bath towels and bed sheets are. It leaves them with just a light scent on them. Thank you for this great post about ylang ylang.

  • Thank you for this blog. I just received my PT Ylang Ylang Complete and didn’t realise it was great for hair and scalp. Also, hadn’t heard of using it in a steam bowl. We. Will be trying both of those for sure!

  • I just received my bottle of YY and I absolutely love. Sometimes I just open the bottle and take a whiff and it just makes me happy. Excited to use in my diffuser necklace. Definitely a beautiful fragrance.

  • I’m so glad I read this blog. I’ve had ylang ylang complete for a while now and have been wanting to do other things with it besides diffuse in a necklace and or diffuser. 🙂 I’m excited to now use this more. 🙂

  • I appreciate these ideas! I have some ylang ylang and haven’t been sure of the best ways to use it as it smells so sweet. I’ll look forward to trying the hair treatment and facial steam.

  • I can’t wait to try some of these, especially the steam cleaning for face. I love the smell of ylang ylang and was needing more ways to use it! Thank you PT for all great info!

  • Ylang Ylang is by far one of my favorite mood lifting oils. I use a drop in 10ml rollerball for depression, rub over my heart when it flutters, also just love smelling from an inhaler. I will have to try the hair treatment for a change from clary sage. Thank you!!

  • Ylang ylang was not a favorite at first but I must admit it does make my hair a bit shinier when I add a drop or two to my hair oil. I typically just use one drop ylang ylang complete and one drop rosemary and one drop lemongrass to my oil TX then smooth in before bed.

  • I love using Ylang Ylang! Mixing it with grapefruit, and then diffusing it is one of my favorite things. Definitely going to be adding it to a bath that’s such a good idea!

  • Is there a difference between ylang ylang extra and ylang ylang complete therapeutically and in how they smell?

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