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.
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.
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.