It’s hard to beat the intoxicating smell of orange blossoms. Orange blossom water is a byproduct of the distillation of orange essential oil, also known as neroli oil. This oil is extracted from the pulp, bark, leaves, peel and seeds of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium).
Let’s look at some of the health benefits of orange blossom water.
Tones the Skin
Orange blossom water is a good toner for the skin that works particularly well on oily skin. This is because of the high amounts of vitamin C present, as well as the high antioxidant content. It’s so gentle that it is even used in products designed for babies. It also works well on dry skin where it can help rejuvenate the skin back to how it was in your younger years.
It does this with its high amount of calcium and production of free-radical fighting antioxidants. Free radicals can damage cells, causing wrinkles and sagging cheeks.
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Relaxes Nerves and Calms Anxiety
Orange essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy due to its calming properties. If you don’t want to use the essential oil you can substitute orange blossom water to your regimen. Add it to your bath water to ease tension and headaches, reduce stress and lower tension. Orange blossom water is effective due to its antispasmodic properties.
Use as a Natural Perfume
Orange blossom water has a seductive faint scent of orange blossom. You can use it to perfume your body, your hair, skin, clothes – even your bedroom! You can make the scent even stronger by adding a few drops of neroli essential oil into the mix.
Use as a Natural Antiseptic
Pure orange blossom water is a completely natural antiseptic. Use it to treat cuts, wounds, boils, pimples and so other skin irritations.
For Oral Care
You can also use orange blossom water as a mouthwash to maintain good oral hygiene. To make your orange blossom water mouthwash, mix half a cup of orange blossom water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil and two teaspoons of xylitol. Close the bottle and mix well and use when required.
Drink Orange Blossom Tea for Digestion
Throughout the Middle East and Levantine cultures, orange blossom water is touted for its digestive properties. In Lebanon, it is common to drink after big meals, where it is called white coffee. Contrary to its name, it contains no coffee or caffeine – only warm water and orange blossom water. It is also served in Turkish coffee cups, which is where it gets its name from.
The Bottom Line
Orange blossoms are heavenly scented and have been used by many cultures throughout the world for ages. Orange blossom water is a byproduct of the production of orange essential oil, also known as neroli oil. This beautifully scented water can be used for a whole host of applications, from your beauty and skin routine to your personal hygiene.
Its antispasmodic properties make it useful in calming nerves and tension. As such, it is good to add to your bath water or to drink after a heavy meal. It’s also useful as a natural way of cleansing wounds, cuts and scrapes due to its antiseptic properties.