What is ylang ylang oil?

Taken from the cananga odorata range of flowers, the Ylang Yalng is a powerful tropical tree. It’s become known for its potency across India and through various parts of the world including Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s also commonly found in Australia. This powerful source of natural care and cleansing has become a major part of the alternative medicine industry.

Ylang Ylang oil itself has a very long history of being used in medicinal care. It’s got a long history of being used for its exotic and endearing scent, but also for helping to soothe body and mind. How useful, though, would this particular oil be to improve the condition of your hair and scalp?

Some essential oils have a long history of being used to help keep our hair in tip-top condition. Could we say the same about this particular oil? Let’s take a look. 

Ylang Ylang Oil For Hair: Benefits

Known for having extreme potency and a very delicate scent, this particular oil has taken many people’s interest over the years. It has become a very strong and reliable oil, and one of the most commonly used for various people. However, one of the main reasons why it has a strong history is its ability to help our hair. Just some of the associated benefits to our hair brought on by Ylang Ylang oil include:

  • This essential oil has been linked to antifungal treatment, helping to kill off scalp infections.
  • Regular use is known to help strengthen hair follicles, making it useful for avoiding excess hair loss. 
  • Ylang Ylang oil can also be used to help kill off head lice, which is a common issue.
  • This is also a powerful natural conditioner, helping to lock in moisture into our hair.
  • Ylang yland is also known to smooth out hair follicles that will help add shine and improve manageability. 

Ylang Ylang Oil Side Effects

Like any other essential oil placed directly onto the scalp, be sure to dilute the essential oil first with a carrier oil such as castor oil. This can avoid the scalp being damaged or hurt during treatment, which should allow the hair to breathe naturally and effectively. 

As ever, try and make sure that you look into all listed ingredients for allergic reactions. Speak with a medical professional before using Ylang Ylang oil products. This is the best way to help avoid any kind of medical incident or issue. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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