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Each Thursday we look at the magical properties of different herbs, plants & spices, learning how we can use them to enhance our lives. Today we are going to be looking at the magical properties of Ylang ylang.

Ylang ylang, even if is not one of the most common and widely-used flowers, is a great magickal ingredient for our spells! But what is ylang-ylang and what are its magical properties? Let’s find it out together with this article.

Ylang ylang origins and history

Ylang ylang, or Cananga odorata, better known as the “flower of flowers”, is a tree belonging to the Annonaceae family and produces flowers from which a very good essence is obtained. It is a plant from tropical Asia that can reach up to 20 meters in height.

The peculiarity of this plant is its flower, from which essential oil is extracted, often used to create excellent perfumes for both women and men. The leaves, shiny and dark, are long and have wavy margins. The numerous and very fragrant flowers grow alone or in small clusters, in autumn and spring.

They have a yellow-green colour (rarely pink) and have 3-5 elongated and curled petals. Depending on the moment in which the extraction is carried out (i.e. with almost ripe flowers) both the colour (green or yellow) and the fragrance which, in general, tends to be sweet.

It grows in full sun or semi-shade conditions and prefers the acid soils typical of rainforests, its natural habitat.

The name of this plant explicitly refers to its particular smell: ylang ylang means ‘uncommon’. Usually, women use it for hair and skincare by dissolving a few drops in coconut oil. Even the French settlers of the lands where ylang ylang originates defined its essence as an ‘aphrodisiac perfume’.

As it’s not easy to find ylang ylang in its normal form, we can use it in an essential oil form to enjoy its properties more easily.

6 magical properties of ylang ylang

For reconciliation spells

The magickal properties of ylang-ylang are all about peace and relaxation; it eliminates anxiety, fear, depression, anger, stress, and sadness. It is useful against frustration. It symbolizes the serenity and joy of the senses. It drives away inner sadness and turns off feelings of anger and fear. It favours the resolution of disputes, even those towards ourselves, leading to reconciliation. So altogether, it makes it fantastic to use with reconciliation spells.

For feminine and fertility spells

It awakens sexuality and acts on the female side. If dealing with some fertility issues or if you are struggling in embracing your femininity it’s the perfect ingredient to cast a spell for fertility and to boost your libido.

Sweet potion to find serenity

If you suffer from symptoms closely related to anxiety, you will notice that your blood pressure will drop and your heart rate will normalize, very common consequences when you are nervous or angry. Alternatively, you can also consume six drops of this oil, three times a day, with a teaspoon of honey, letting it melt slowly in the mouth.

If you want to cast a spell but cannot find the peace of mind and the right serenity to cast it from a place of acceptance, openness, and positivity, you can use ylang ylang to turn negative into brighter, more positive energy.

In case you want to use it for potions you are supposed to drink, be careful, and rely on organic and edible essential oils suitable to that.

Cleanse your space

If you feel anxious, stressed, nervous, irritable, angry, resentful, disappointed, or frustrated, put five drops of ylang ylang essential oil in your home fragrance diffuser; you will see that you will find calm and serenity.

You can even buy an incense stick if you are not an essential oil person and let it burn around your place. If someone negative came over your place, maybe you even had an argument about something, ylang ylang can be a great ingredient to cleanse the energy of the space and bring reconciliation and peace.

Sex bath

This oil is perfect for people who are too rigid and find it hard to indulge in the pleasures of intimacy. Its aphrodisiac aroma awakens the senses and invites you to let yourself go, to be seductive and sensual. This is why, in anticipation of an evening of passion with your partner, it is an excellent idea to take a bath together, taking care to add ten drops of ylang ylang essential oil to the hot water, to the benefit of desire and sensuality.

Beauty recipe

A few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil in your regular cleanser, cream, or shampoo will allow for more beautiful skin and hair. Also useful in the presence of acne, it purifies the skin thanks to its astringent properties. It will tighten and tone your face, and your hair will be nourished and shiny. If they are particularly weak, make a compress by adding about ten drops of ylang-ylang essential oil to coconut oil, and they will regain vigour.

A quick ylang-ylang spell to boost your feminine side

This spell is very easy and quick to cast but very effective! You can cast it when you feel discomfort and uneasiness in your own feminine skin, and it can help you find your way back into a more serene and harmonious sex life.


  • 18 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • Pink candle

How to perform:

Dress the pink candle with the ylang ylang essential oil. The candle should be dressed slowly while focusing on your intentions.

Spend a few moments in meditation, visualize yourself as a goddess, a strong, powerful woman, and visualize some light coming from your womb and spreading all over.

Say these words out loud:

“I embrace my feminine side
I am aware of my pink energy
May this potion raise my feminine energy up
May this potion generate more desire.”

Now put your hands on the candle again and take the oil you used to dress the candle to make a nice massage on your pelvic area. Repeat these words and keep visualizing your feminine energy radiating.

Repeat when you need to boost your libido and embrace your feminine side.

Source: https://witchipedia.com/

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