The Story of Ylang Ylang

The Story of Ylang Ylang

The Story: Ylang Ylang, or “the flower of flowers”, received its name after a Philippine legend of a girl who vanished into thin air upon falling in love. In her place appeared a tree that had never graced the earth before.

I was a bit late in discovering Ylang Ylang. The aroma is deeply fragrant, with a full bodied fresh floral scent. It’s emotional effects have been found to induce deep relaxation and foster positive emotions and self appreciation.  Ylang Ylang has quickly become one of my favorite scents.

Did you know…

  • The Ylang Ylang tree, or Canaga odorata, is a broadleaf evergreen tree that grows up to 100 feet in height.  The Ylang Ylang tree’s native habitat is found in the rain forested regions of southeast Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
  • “Ylang Ylang” (pronounced “alang-alang”) is translated to mean “a flower of all flowers” in Tagalog, one of the most widespread languages in the Philippines.
  • The flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree are grown in clusters and look like large swirly stars. The long, narrow petals are green-ish yellow and develop into a deep yellow as they mature.
  • The Ylang Ylang flowers must be harvested at sunrise when the flowers are most intensely fragrant and immediately begin the steam distillation process. About 50lbs of fresh ylang ylang flowers yield 1 pound of essential oil.
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