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Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom Calms Your Mind

Orange blossom is the fragrant flower of the orange tree. It is used in perfume making, has been written about as an aphrodisiac. It is widely used both in the culinary arts as well as medicinally and is well known for its therapeutic properties. To reap the multiple benefits of it, you can make orange blossom water or make a tea or essential oil.

Common Names

Orange Blossom (Citrus sinensis)

Description

Orange blossom is the waxy, white blossom of the orange tree with 5 petals and sepals. The petals on the Orange blossom are linear, sometimes curved lengthwise, and thick. The sepals fuse at base of the Orange blossom to form a small cup.

History

It is mostly known by being designated as the the Florida State Flower on Nov.15, 1909. The orange blossom is one of the most fragrant flowers in Florida. Millions of white orange blossom flowers perfume the atmosphere throughout central and south Florida during orange blossom time.

The orange blossom has stood for purity, chastity, and innocence dating back to ancient China. In China an emblem of the orange blossom was placed on the gowns of young brides to represent these virtues. This tradition moved westward into India and up to Persia which is present day Iran.

Health Use Today

One of the most widespread properties of orange blossom is to combat insomnia and menstrual cramps. This is due to its sedative and aromatic elements, allowing you to sleep more easily and even helping to relieve headaches.

Its hypnotic and tranquilizing properties are also well known. Thanks to them, orange blossom is ideal for helping with anxiety problems and nerves as well as mild indigestion. It helps to reduce stomach pain and relieve nausea and vomiting.

How to Take Orange Blossom

The best way to make use of this flower is to make a water or tea with it. When distilled, the fragrant flowers of the bitter orange yield an essential oil that rises to the top of the vessel. The water that remains once the oil has been drawn off is known as orange flower water. This water has long been used in Middle Eastern cuisines, to perfume sugar syrups used in sweets and pastries, and to flavor beverages.

Any citrus will love a hint of orange blossom, but lemons and oranges even more so. You can try mixing in a 1/4 teaspoon of orange blossom water into a glass of orange juice for a refreshing drink.

Since orange blossom essence is known for its calming, comforting properties, you can pour a few drops of orange blossom water into a bowl of boiling water and leave it in your bedroom. As the water evaporates, the delicate orange flower perfume will fill the space. It’s a perfect calming scent to help you sleep more easily before going to bed.

 

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