|Orange flowers waiting to be turned into magic elixirs.|
The other evening we were having an exceptional couscous at one of our favorite restaurants — vegetables cooked to perfection; the wheat grain not too crunchy, not too soft; the broth seasoned just so — and decided to order tea to accompany our meal.
The very strong brew made us both wonder if it would interfere with a good night’s sleep. When we asked the waiter he said, “don’t worry, I’ll fix everything.” He then, from a beautiful, carved silver object shook several drops of orange water into our glasses. “Now you’ll sleep like babies,” he said.
It was either the truth or a placebo. We slept like babies.
Eau de fleur d’oranger is, for the French, a magical elixir. Some find peace and relaxation by merely opening a bottle and breathing deeply.
For years it has been used in perfumes, Tom Ford for example, recently introduced his Neroli Portofino, with orange flowersas a major, refreshing note.
Our pharmacist who has studied essential oils and believes whole-heartedly in their merits for all sorts of remedies from headaches to a rosy complexion, says orange water and the essential oils of the oranges cultivated in Tunisia, Morocco and the south of France are particularly beneficial as aromatherapy.
|My friend Edith gave me a collection of tea glasses. I often use them with votive candles.|
For a “lazy” liver ( the French are obsessed with their livers) and or pancreas, she recommends a “tea” of hot water, several drops of eau d’oranger and sugar or honey.
Once again, if it doesn’t work — I mean really, who knows whether their pancreas is feeling better or their liver is en forme — it is a most pleasant and refreshing drink.
I now have my fourth deep blue bottle. The four, eau de rose, eau de lavande, eau de bleuetand eau de fleur d’oranger sit in my bathroom, delighting me with their perfumes, the color of the flacons and the simple idea of pure, beautiful, very, very French beauty secrets on display.
When the summer temperatures soar, the rose, cornflower (bleuet) and lavender waters are usually moved to the refrigerator.