Most people are familiar with orange blossom, however the orange blossom Moss Botanicals uses in the 'Orange Blossom Mist' is an extract. Extracts are unsurpassed because the method to obtain the essential oil uses certified organic solvents such as fixed oils in alcohol and no heat. This is a modern approach mimicking an old world technique similar to effleurage (a laborious procedure that required flowers to be soaked in animal fats and then extracted by solvents to separate the oils). The result from this process is an essential oil that has been gently coaxed out of the plant to maintain the therapeutic purity and aromatic complexity. The difference is the bio-availability of the essence in comparison to an orange blossom absolute or a neroli.
The orange blossom comes from the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium var, amara) in the Rutaceae family. Known for its support to the emotions, it also maintains physical, spiritual, and mental properties as well. For none of these aspects of the self and the body are disconnected. Each component of the human body and human experience creates in itself the ability to dominate and then be dominated in its functioning. The balance that we maintain is the key to attunement. When suffering from symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, menopause, panic attacks, nervous tension, ADHD this is a mist that can be of service. For the skin, it works much like the 'Rose Otto Mist' hydrates, minimizes wrinkles, and enlarged pores, helps acne, sunburns, scars, dry and inflamed skin. It lifts the spirit and inspires.
"The Crusaders observed the Saracen brides wore orange blossoms wreaths at their wedding. To the Saracens the orange blossom was an emblem of fecundity. In that sense, it is both peculiarly appropriate because both blossoms and fruit are on the tree at the same time. After the Crusaders' return the custom of using orange blossoms as bridal flowers was adopted in Europe; but it did not become widespread until the seventeenth century, probably because the blossoms were very rare and expensive until then. "The Most Complete Catalog of Herbs Ever Published,The Herb Book-John Lust
"Did you ever sleep in a field of orange trees blooming? The air in which one inhales deliciously is a quintessence of perfumes. This powerful and sweet smell, as savoury as a sweetmeat, seems to penetrate one, to impregnate, to intoxicate, to induce languor, to bring about a dreamy and somnolent torpor. It is like opium prepared by fairy hands and not by chemists." -Guy de Maupassant