Originating from Southeast Asia, ylangylang grows wild in the hot, humid forests of Indonesia and the Philippines. It is cultivated in the Pacific Islands, but above all in Madagascar, the Seychelles Islands and the Comoros Islands, all of which are major producing countries.
Found naturally in the Northern Mediterranean Basin, true or medicinal lavender has also been grown for some years in Bulgaria, Ukraine and even Australia. In France, the four localities growing lavender in the South of France alone represent some 20,000 hectares of land.
This small perennial plant is grown all over the world, especially in India, Morocco, Europe and North America. The United States is the world’s largest producer of peppermint essential oil. France produces a small amount, which is prized for its outstanding quality.