Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata  Essential Oil Information

Cananga odorata

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Alternative Names

Source Location

Plant part used

Cananga odorata

Ylang Ylang I, II, III, Complete

Madagascar, Philippines, Indonesia


Extraction Method



Aroma Strength

Steam distillation

Clear, yellow tinge




Fresh, sweetly floral, slightly fruity, delicately fragrant


Good for anxiety, depression, frigidity and stress. Treat acne, bug bites, insect bites, and wounds. Has a stimulating effect on the scalp, and is often used to help hair growth. Helps to reduce high blood pressure, and slows rapid heartbeat and breathing, especially that experienced following trauma or shock.

Blends Well With

Bergamot, Chamomile, Coriander, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, May Chang, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Vetiver


Linalol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Geranial, Benzyl Acetate, Geranyl Acetate, Eugenol, Methyl Chavicol, Pinene*Beta-Caryophyllene, Farnasene


Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Hypotensive, Sedative


Generally safe, but too much can cause headache and nausea.

Misc Info

Multi-step distillation process: the first short-time part produces the "Extra". Then the process continues with three different collections of the essential oil; these produce I, II, and III or the "Complete". "Extra" is normally used in the perfume industry, while the "Complete" is preferred for therapeutic uses.