Ylang Ylang essential oil is sourced from beautiful yellow blooms from the Cananga tree. Ylang-Ylang means “flower of flowers".
Ylang Ylang essential oil is distilled at Young Living's Guayaquil Ecuador farm. With nearly 2,000 acres of farmland, the Ecuador farm’s fertile ground and year-round growing season support an abundance of palo santo trees, lemongrass, ruta graveolens, and many more local plants and herbs. This farm is also proving to be the perfect place to harvest oils that are in short supply throughout the world, such as helichrysum.
The following is an excerpt from a blog post by Dr. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils:
"You must know the best time of day to pick the leaves or flowers or harvest the entire plant from the field. In other words, you must know the best time of the day to harvest, when the Brix measurement is the highest, which measures the glucose levels in the plant, to determine the best time to extract for the greatest quantity of essential oil.
For example, the best time to pick Ylang Ylang flowers, when the Brix measurement is the highest, is from midnight to 4 in the morning. But it is hard to get people to pick during that time. So we pick from daylight until 10 a.m., because we have found that the oil volume is maintained until about 10 o’clock, and then we will start losing some of the oil as it leaves the flowers and returns to the branches.
That is the reason that when we smell the flowers in the afternoon, the fragrance won’t be as intense, because the oil has gone back into the tree during the heat of the day to protect the tree from dehydration. Then at night as the temperature cools, the oil comes back up into the flower. It is very, very interesting to see how the tree preserves itself."
Check out the following video to get a little glimpse of Young Living's Ecuador farm:
Ylang Ylang is found in many Young Living skin and hair care products, and essential oil blends including Awaken™, Believe™, Clarity™, Dragon Time™, Peace & Calming® and Forgiveness™. It has a rich, floral and romantic scent. It can be helpful for calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation. It may also help with releasing feelings of anger and assist with getting rid of negative feelings. Ylang Ylang also has a long history in skin and hair care products—especially in Asia, where it is used to promote luxurious hair. Historically, it has been said that the marriage bed of newly wed couples would be covered with Ylang Ylang flowers to help promote feelings of romance.