A Flower Other Than Philippine's Sampaguita

Published: 02nd November 2009
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Other than the popular sampaguita flowers philippines, the ylang-ylang flower is also known as one of the few native flowers of the Philippines. Sampaguita and the ylang-ylang are both known for their scents. Both of these flowers are also known for their use in medicine and other applications. In fact, the sampaguita flowers and ylang-ylang are usually used together in one special trademark of the Philippines. But first, what is the ylang-ylang flower?

A Unique Flower
The ylang-ylgang flowers philippines is unique among other flowers. This is usually because of its unique features. Unlike the other flowers, the ylang-ylang flowers are usually yellow-green in color and shaped rather like starfish. But what made this flower popular is its unique sweet scent. The name ylang-ylang is derived from Tagalog, either from the word ilang, meaning "wilderness", alluding to its natural habitat, or the word ilang-ilan, meaning "rare", suggestive of its exceptionally delicate scent.

Other than the Philippines, the ylang-ylang flower is also native to Indonesia, in which its flowers are commonly grown in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia because of its uses. Because of its scent, the ylang-ylang flowers are also used in aromatherapy. The essential oil of the flower is obtained through steam distillation of the flowers and separated into different grades (extra; 1; 2; 3) according to when the distillates are obtained. The main aromatic component of ylang-ylang is methyl anthranilate.

Many have even believed that the ylang-ylang flowers philippines could also relieve high blood pressure, normalize sebum secretion for skin problems, and is considered to be an aphrodisiac. Other than in medicine, the oil from ylang-ylang is widely used in perfumery for oriental or floral themed perfumes (like Chanel No. 5). Ylang-ylang's essential oil makes up 29% of the Comoros' annual export.

Customs pertaining the use of the ylang-ylang include spreading it on the bed of newlywed couples in Indonesia. The one thing that made sampaguita and ylang-ylang popular in the Philippines is that these flower philippine are usually put together to make garlands. In the Philippines, its flowers, together with the flowers of the sampaguita, are strung into a necklace and worn by women and used to adorn religious images.

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