These Are a Few of My Smelliest Things

There is no candle, can of spray or incense that compete with the real thing.

Right now, my Calamondin or miniature orange (Citrofortunella microcarpa) is in full bloom. It sits in the south facing window of my living room. While I relax in this room, I am encircled in the sweet scent of the blooms.

My lilacs are in bloom also. Out of the 6 bushes I have on my property, only one truly smells heavenly. These bloomed extremely early on 4/13/2012, when I had my wedding reception.

I love to put 2 or 3 vases full of blooms to sleep by. I truly feel that I get a better sleep with flowers that smell in my bedroom.


Breck isn’t always my smelliest thing, but he tries as often as he can!!

Sweet Marjoram – Helps treat anxiety, headaches and insomnia. Effects of Sweet Marjoram: Soothing, Warming.

Lavender – Helps sooth and calm nerves, reduces tension, insomnia, headaches and depression. Effects of lavender: Calming, Therapeutic

Bergamot – Comes from citrus fruit rind. It does its job by relieving stress and enabling you to be able to relax. It has a lovely citrus scent that will make you feel refreshed and give you that sense of well-being. Interestingly bergamot is the main ingredient in Earl Grey tea.

Roman Chamomile Helps relaxation, reduces excessive anxiety and treats insomnia. Effects cause relaxation.

Jasmine – Helps sooth and relax, very beneficial for depression, insomnia, nervous tension and stress. Effects of Jasmine: Soothing, Relaxing

Sandalwood – Promotes relaxation, beneficial for depression, stress, nervous tension, and insomnia. Effects of Sandalwood: Warming, Relaxing

Mandarin – Has two different types of oil, one green and the other red. It has several advantages one of which is that it is gentle enough that you can use it with children as well as adults. Interesting, the scent is closer to that of a bergamot oil and less like the tangerine it’s expected to smell like. Mandarin oil is a very successful treatment for sleep difficulties almost rivaling lavender.

Clary Sage – Helps sooth, relax, and uplift the spirit. Effects: Warming

Rosalina – Would be a mild and effective change for those not fond of Lavender or just tired of it. Rosalina is sometimes called “Lavender Tea Tree.”

Sandalwood – Does indeed come from wood. To get the right intensity of oil from the trees they must be at least forty years old, but the older the better and a tree eighty years old will produce better oils. Sandalwood is a calming agent; it relieves nervous tension and helps you relax.

** The title was inspired by the song “These are a Few of my Favorite Things” from The Sound Of Music

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

16 thoughts on “These Are a Few of My Smelliest Things

  1. It’s so true that nothing can compete with the real fragrances in one’s garden. I have citrus and I adore the fragrance of their blossoms wafting through my house. I also enjoy the smell of crushed rosemary and lemon balm from my garden. I’d never heard of rosalina before. I do get a little tired of lavender sometimes so I will have to look out for it. Thanks for this very useful guide. I have never seen or smelt real lilacs before! The way you describe their scent makes me want to.:-)


  2. haha Yep – I got the song reference 🙂 And poor Breck, that even tho he tries, he is not your smelliest thing! 🙂 – And your garden is a field!!
    Still, I agree, you can’t beat natural plant scents. 🙂


    • Bummer. I hope you get some next year. Most times, plants just need to recoup.
      I don’t understand why this one smells so much stronger than the others. They look totally the same. And I would know what to look for. It would be stupid for me to not try to take some grafts from this bush.


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