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Ylang or Cananga odorata is a tree native to the Philippines. "Ylang ylang" means "flower of flowers" in Tagalog. This tree was discovered in Malaysia in 1740 by Pierre Poivre then introduced in Tahiti, Réunion, Madagascar, Seychelles and the Comoros. Today, it is cultivated on the volcanic land of the islands of the Indian Ocean.
The legend tells that in the Philippines, the gods gave a girl to a couple unable to have children under the condition that no one touch her since she had been created by the gods. Her name was Ylang and she fell madly in love with a young man. To declare his love he gave her a bouquet of flowers but, when she wanted to take the bouquet, their fingers touched and the gods transformed Ylang into a beautiful shrub with a refined smell. From this day forward, the lover shouts the name of his beloved, " Ylang! Ylang!", looking for her day and night.
Ylang is used in coconut oil during maceration, under the name of Macassar oil. The flowers are often used in garlands or on necklaces in offerings to the gods in Bali. Its smell is jasmine-like, smooth and balsamic.
Ylang essential oil has numerous benefits, from balancing the nervous system to regulating digestive and respiratory disorders in particular.
Origin: ylang-ylang comes from Southeast Asia and more exactly the Philippines. Today it is grown mainly in Java, Mayotte and Madagascar.
Plant: also known as "witch's fingers" due to the form of its branches, ylang-ylang grows very fast and can produce more than five kilos of flowers a year. It blooms all year long but the most important period is from May till December.
Production: ylang-ylang flowers are distilled in a tank filled with boiling water. The plant vapors rise towards a tube which cools the mixture.
Olfactive family: floral.
Olfactive notes : floral, creamy, sensual, intoxicating, exotic, natural.