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"Orange Blossoms in Bloom (Citrus aurantium): The Nose Knows"

"Have you ever taken a whiff of an orange blossom?

A few years ago, while on my daily 4-mile walk, I passed my neighbor's front garden and encountered an intoxicating scent. I needed to know what it was that I was inhaling.

My curious nose led me to Rosehip Social Florist's micro garden. At first, I thought the scent might be jasmine, but as I found out it was orange blossom."

Orange Blossom has a distinct fragrance that's sweet, fresh, and slightly citrusy. It's often described as light and delicate, with floral and honey-like notes. The scent is both invigorating and soothing, making it a popular choice in natural perfumery and aromatherapy products. Another name for orange blossoms is neroli. This term is often used when referring to the essential oil that is extracted from the blossoms of bitter orange trees, known as Citrus aurantium. While neroli specifically refers to the oil, it is also sometimes used interchangeably with orange blossom.

Now that you're familiar with orange blossoms, I'd like to share a recipe with you.

Orange Blossom Herbal Tea:

  • Ingredients: Dried orange blossoms, dried chamomile, agave (optional).

  • Directions: In a teapot, combine equal parts dried orange blossoms and dried chamomile. Pour hot water over the herbs and steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

  • After steeping the tea for 5 to 10 minutes, strain the liquid into a cup to remove the herbs. Sweeten with agave if desired.

Enjoy this herbal blend hot or cold!

I hope that you embrace the scent of orange blossoms this spring season and beyond. Let their delicate scent soothe and uplift experiences in your life.

I want to extend my gratitude for your continued support of Flor y Yerbas Journal. Our readership is growing, and I appreciate you all for sharing our stories. We plan to expand our team of contributors, so stay tuned for more. As always, if there are any topics you'd like us to explore, feel free to email your suggestions to

*consult with a healthcare professional before using essential oils if you are pregnant, nursing, or have specific health concerns.

Introductory photo credits: nidia alexander: first photo: Rose Hip Social Micro Farm's Orange Blossoms

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