In spring the blossoms of fruit trees are a welcome sight and herald the fruit to come late in the summer and into the autumn. In the Southern Mediterranean, the blossom of the sweet orange tree is a familiar sight and gives arguably one of the most deliciously fragrant scents. Orange blossoms have been used in infusions, topical preparations and cooking since ancient times.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The name orange derives from the Persian name for the fruit 'naranj'.
- Orange flower water is traditionally used as a helpful aid for digestion.
- The essential oil of the blossoms is used in aromatherapy and is called neroli while the essential oils of the leaves and young shoots is called petitgrain. Orange essential oil is made from the peel.
ORANGE BLOSSOM & ME
- Orange blossom added to an infusion makes a heady floral drink that soothes and relaxes.
- Adding orange flower water to ice cream or other summer desserts gives a decadent floral note.
- Use orange blossom water in place of your usual toner or in the bath to calm red, irritated skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth as silk.
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or on drug medication, be sure to consult with a professional before trying these remedies