What is Ylang Ylang?
Ylang Ylang, a captivating fragrance that may not be familiar to you by name, but its sweet and floral essence is likely to have crossed your path. This exquisite aroma is often found in perfumes and skin care products, most notably in the renowned Chanel No. 5.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Derived from the flowers of the ylang-ylang tree, which originates from the Philippines and Indonesia, Ylang ylang essential oil is a true gem. Through the meticulous process of steam distillation, the oil is extracted from the flowers in multiple batches. The first batch, harvested after an hour of the process commencing, yields the highest quality essential oil. Subsequent batches are extracted at different intervals, each possessing its own unique characteristics.
With a history steeped in enchantment, Ylang ylang has captivated hearts since ancient times. Legend has it that in the fairytales of the Philippines, a couple yearning for a child was granted a daughter named Ylang, under the condition that she never experience the touch of a man. However, one fateful day, while picking flowers, a suitor dared to hold her hand, causing her to vanish. In the very spot where she disappeared, a small tree began to grow, and it was named Ylang-Ylang. Inspired by this tale of love, young girls adorned themselves with ylang ylang petals and scattered them over the beds of newlyweds, symbolizing eternal love and happiness.
Beyond its captivating fragrance, ylang ylang also possesses remarkable medicinal properties. It has been used for centuries to treat malaria and various infections. Additionally, it is renowned for its ability to calm stress and alleviate rapid heartbeat. In modern times, ylang ylang essential oil is utilized for its therapeutic benefits in addressing PMS, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, and anxiety.
Perfume & Skin Care
The allure of ylang ylang extends to the realm of perfumes and skin care. Its warm and floral aroma is a cherished ingredient in many luxurious fragrances and skin care products. HollyBeth incorporates ylang ylang essential oil in her Flourish® calming perfume.