Ylang Ylang

by Andrea on January 4, 2010

ylang ylang ylang ylangThe heavy scent of Ylang Ylang fills our heads during warm humid nights and early mornings.

The scent is so strong and carries so far that we have neighbors a few houses down inhaling deeply and smiling whenever the tree blooms.  Our little neighborhood is indeed mellow and sweet smelling these days, as the tree has sprung an incredible amount of flowers for the new year!

The first time we saw an Ylang Ylang tree was in Belize. It was huge and beautiful, with a colorful toucan sitting amongst the flowers.

A few years later we visited a house in Sarasota, Florida that had an Ylang Ylang tree, and were inspired to plant two of them in our front yard.

Ylang Ylang

Our Ylang Ylang tree is now huge! Last week, we were admiring its flowers and noticed a small owl tucked high up in the branches! I smiled to myself and thought, We have an Ylang Ylang tree in our front yard with hundreds of flowers and an owl living in it. What could be sweeter?

The owl has been there for a week now, and seems to like when I take pictures! I even got a wink (see picture)!

The beauty, harmony and healing plants bring to our lives never ceases to amaze me.

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Ann Wooledge January 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Andrea! How blessed you are to have Ylang Ylang growing in your yard! As well as working with essential oils, we are also very interested in infusing organic vegetable oils with botanicals. Ylang is one of my all time favorites, although I have smelled some that weren’t so pleasant. My question is have you tried infusing any parts of the tree in oil and if so, does the fragrance come through? I would imagine some of the beneficial properties of the oils in the plant would come through, much like any other infused oil such as calendula. Your thoughts? Thanks!


The Fragrant Muse January 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I can’t imagine Owlie has much motivation to move with the sweetness of Ylang Ylang all around. I wonder if she thinks she’s landed in an owl spa? Tell her to hold on for a few more days so I can take her picture, too!


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