Moroccan Orange Blossom Iced Tea
From Garden Betty
March 15, 2017 - 5:00am
Late winter to early spring is one of my favorite times to be in the garden: the days are longer, the weather’s warmer, and the air is thick with the heady fragrance of flowers from our orange and mandarin trees. When I’m feeling pulled in multiple directions and need to decompress, even for just a few minutes, I simply stand under the canopy of my citrus tree and breathe it all in. It’s like having my own aromatherapy session; the scent is delicate yet overpowering all at once, and slowly I feel my spirits start to lift. With their soothing properties, orange blossoms have historically been used to treat a host of maladies, including anxiety, lethargy, stress, depression, and insomnia. (Is it strangely convenient that their season just happens to coincide with Daylight Saving Time?) Orange blossoms also aid in relaxing colon functions and ridding the body of bad bacteria, making them a safe and natural remedy for indigestion, gas, and stomach ailments, especially in children. While store-bought orange blossom water is typically used to impart these herbal benefits, I like to use fresh orange blossoms during the fleeting time they’re available. When you prepare them in hot water, they […]
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