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The aromatic range of Gardenia jasminoides

The aromatic range of Gardenia jasminoides, in the floral domain, is on par with rose (Rosa spp.), perhaps even exceeding that of rose because the enormous variation of G. jasminoides occurs within a single species. From milky mango lassi to yeasty pâte à choux, to civet, tropical rain, and custard, this organic marvel has been known anecdotally to have antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. Gardenia enfleurage is one of my favorite extractions to make, and it concentrates and displays the flower's fragrant span. Each jar embodies the historical record of that harvest, the climate, soil, air, and expression of those specific flowers in it.
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