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Ingredient Spotlight: Citrus, from healing to aphrodisiacs

Beautiful orange blossoms in orange orchard, aromatic and sensual

Once viewed as precious cargo on the Spice Route, citrus rose in popularity when perfumery in Europe blossomed in the 18th century. Since then, citrus has played an important role in the world of scent, particularly the ever-loved Bergamot. Not only does citrus boast a wonderful and refreshing aroma, but it has numerous healing benefits. Any citrus smell has been found to help reduce anxiety and depression as well as aiding in the digestion process. Below are some of Nomaterra’s favorite citrus ingredients to indulge in.

Bergamot: this fragrant fruit is at the center of many loved perfumes and helps reduce anxiety and depression. The name is derived from the Italian bergamotta, which comes from the town Bergamo in Italy. The fruit is primarily grown on the southwest coast of Italy in the Calabria region. The scent will transport you to warmer climates with its light and shimmering feel.

Italian coast bergamot

Southwest coast of Italy, where bergamot trees grow.

Grapefruit: enhance your memory and help reduce food cravings—two side affects grapefruit offers that you may not have expected. Grapefruit, a hybrid of orange and Indonesian pomelo, was first documented in 1750 on Barbados; now the fruit is said to be one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados.” Now, Florida is a major producer of grapefruit. This well-known fruit’s crisp and slightly bitter scent pairs wonderfully with bergamot.

grapefruit grove, florida citrus

Orange blossom: The state flower of Florida, orange blossom has long been a loved scent since it was first used in Ancient Egypt; later, Italian aristocrats popularized the scent in perfumes and colognes. Today, Egypt is still one of the worlds top producers for the plant. Orange blossom has mind, body, and spirit healing properties associated with self-actualization and letting go of the past. The scent is uplifting and sensual and has been described as an aphrodisiac.

egypt orange tree scent

Egyptian Orange Blossom Trees

Do you enjoy citrus fragrances? What citrus ingredient is in your favorite perfume? Explore how we use bergamot, grapefruit, and orange blossom at Nomaterra.

  • Alex

    This post made me wish I was back in Italy, awesome job!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Alex

    Great post! I personally love the smell of grapefruit. When I eat them, I like to get the essence on my hands so I smell it all day.

    March 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm Reply

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