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The Blissful Balance of Ylang Ylang

Aug 23, 2022


This exotic, sweet and soothing floral essential oil has a stunning fruity, flowery and rich aroma that’s infamously used as Chanel’s No 5 top note ingredient. Aside from its heady scent, it’s found in many beauty products as it is suitable for balancing many skin types. What’s more, it’s very commonly used for steadying and shifting emotional states, making it an essential oil that promotes bliss, beauty and balance inside and out!


What are the benefits of Ylang Ylang essential oil?

The essential oil is made from a beautiful tropical bright yellow flower found on trees native to Asia, mainly in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as Madagascar and Comoros.  The Ylang Ylang flowers, which are part Custard Apple family, bloom every 3-4 years with their name meaning ‘flower of flowers’. 


  1. Balancing for complexion - The perfect ingredient in toners made for acne-prone, cleanse oily and dry skin (1 & 2)
  2. Nourishing hair - Ylang-ylang stimulates oil production on the scalp (1)
  3. Aids relaxation - as a balancing essential oil it manages to both calm and stimulate feelings of wellbeing. Aid thoughts of past stresses to let go and move on from emotional blocks for easier communication. Uplifts the mood for greater creativity and self-assurance (1, 2, 3)
  4. Ease a Stressed Heart - Cool and slow down stress on the heart and with palpitations and blood pressure (1 p173) It has been shown to reduce blood pressure and breathing rate to ease feelings of anxiety. (1, 2)
  5. Abdominal massage - Due to its mild sedative properties that assist with the above, it can also help to ease menstrual pains. (1, 4)
  6. Aphrodisiac - Alongside relaxation, it releases inhibitions and eases tension while arousing olfactory senses. (1, 2)
  7. Ease Depression - Helps with calming and easing the tension associated with this emotional state. (1, 2)
  8. Spiritually supports contemplative moods and peaceful reflection (1)


Dilute is very potent and can cause headaches for some sensitive. Less is more with this essential oil! Inhalations should be very diluted. 


How to use Ylang Ylang

Pairs nicely with bergamot, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, neroli, palo santo, patchouli, sweet orange, rose, vetiver, rose geranium, and vanilla. 


  • Floral Mist - Rose Water (75ml) with Aloe Vera gel (2 tbp) and 10 drops of Ylang Ylang, 5 drops of Bergamot, 5 drops of Vetiver and 5 drops of Clary Sage. This is an exotic, sweet, floral and deep mist that allows your to connect to the beauty around you. 
  • Meditative Hand Soap - Unscented liquid soap (Dr Bronner’s Castille is my favourite) with 5 drops Ylang Ylang with 5 drops Patchouli. 10 drops is sufficient for 60 ml liquid, so manage ratios accordingly. 
  • Good Night Emotion Soother - Add into your favourite fragrance-free body lotion (I love coconut oil) with 1 drop Ylang Ylang, 1 drop Rose Geranium, 1 drop Clary Sage,  2 drops Lavender and 2 drops of Neroli. 


Find out your next essential oil aroma

Nid Ra Aroma’s YEI Candle is created as part of the ‘passion series’. This series is to awaken the passion for a meaningful life. The blend of YEI eases relinquishment of attachments, welcomes change, and connects you to your clear insight and greater meaning in life with a blend of Ravensara, Ylang Ylang, Geranium Bourbon and Ginger. 

Order the candle to be hand-made by Nid! Have it made in your recycled jar or a new one - your choice!



If you are interested in one of my bespoke blends that align with your intention and energetic shifts, then let me know. A candle brings ritual, but a bottled blend may be more appropriate to your setup. So get in touch and find out! 




This information is for general interest only and is not to be taken as advice: therapeutic, medical or otherwise. We do not make a claim of any therapeutic advice offered in the writing. Please seek professional advice on the appropriate use of essential oils for your situation. 


Research used for blog:

List correct # to the research used 

Additional Books and Guides used in blog posts:

1. Nature’s Essential Oils: Aromatic Alchemy for Wellbeing by Cher Kaufmann 2018

2. Neal’s Yard Remedies: Essential Oils edited by Claire Cross 2016




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