As a full time working from home mom, it feels good to be with your family 24/7. But it’s incredibly awesome is if you can also do the things you love and enjoy while you can fulfill your family’s responsibility.
Before my husband and I got married, I love going to places rich in nature. When our daughter was born, I mostly stay at home and don’t go out most often. And I missed it a lot lol!
This year, I decided to pursue my interest in traveling. I’m pleased to be invited by a fellow blogger to visit the pride of Anao, Tarlac, the Ylang Ylang Farm, and the Ylang Ylang Center, which is the largest producer of Ylang Ylang extract in the Philippines.
The Ylang Ylang extract is used in creating products such as massage oil, perfume, soaps, anti-mosquito spray, etc.
You can easily identify if the Ylang Ylang is ready for harvest once you see the flower is surrounded with some color red lines.
The Ylang Ylang Farm approximately has 400+ planted trees. We had given some collection bag to put inside of it the Ylang Ylang flowers that we had harvested, and I think I wasn’t able to pick that much flowers haha (because I’m busy recording videos 🙂 tsk tsk..)
The picking of flowers is all year round, but the peak season is from January to May, which means they get more Ylang Ylang extracts from the flowers on those months.
After we had collected enough mature flowers, we went directly to the Ylang Ylang Center for the extraction process.
Ylang Ylang Extraction Method
To begin the Ylang Ylang Extraction process, the flowers were placed inside the big barrel. This process is called “Distillation” and it can take up to 8 hours.
The cost of each of the distillation barrels is approximately P200,000. These are funded by a South Koren Investor and supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The extract process can take up to three times. Pretty useful right. The first extract of the flowers is used for perfume and this lasts approximately 4 hours. The second extract is intended to use for massages and spa, and the third extract is commonly used for soaps.
With the strong scent of Ylang Ylang flowers, I don’t have a doubt those are possible 🙂
Photo by Jan Darren Guiwan of Kapampangan Traveller
How much is Ylang Ylang Extract?
As of December 2019, the cost of the Ylang Ylang extract is P50/ml and the usual retail volume comes in 40ml bottles. If you do the math, the cost per bottle is approximately P2000.
You can buy Ylang Ylang essential oils and other Ylang Ylang products in the Anao Pasalubong center which is a few kilometers away from the Extraction Center.
I personally love using lavender essential oil. When I feel stressed, I put a dub of oil in my palm, scrub it and just smell its fragrance. Its aroma relaxes my body system and makes me sleep fast.
After this day tour in Anao Ylang Ylang Center, I made some research about Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and I found out, it has many benefits too. Some of them are:
- It helps reduce physical and mental exhaustion.
- It nourishes the skin and hair
- It reduces the mood swings and cramps associated with pre-menstrual syndrome
- It helps lower blood pressure.
- It helps slow the look of aging
Now, I’m loving Ylang Ylang Essential oils. 🙂
Also, every year on March 16, Ylang Ylang Festival is celebrated together with the foundation of the town. In fact, their 14th festival was even featured by GMA 7, one of Philippine’s big television networks.
Check out the video below. Perhaps, you may want to join their fun festival.
And oh by the way, when you visited Anao make sure to try their iconic PANSIT ANAO. Trust me, it’s really delicious.
It’s a chewy noodle mixed with meat, fresh vegetables, and crush peanuts.
It’s a perfect taste combination of sweet, salty and spicy at the same time. I’m sure you will love it.
You can buy it at Kape Agape, it’s a coffee shop and restaurant near the Ylang Ylang Center.
I’m happy to be a part of this familiarization tour set by the Department of Tourism, especially since I’m from Tarlac. I’m glad there are more areas now in our town that is open for Tourism. Proud Tarlaquena here 🙂
Do you know any other cool places that people should visit in Tarlac? Please let me know in the comments.