One of my favorite books as a kid was Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. The boy never appreciated his tree, but I always knew I would appreciate mine, and I do…very much. Beyond expressing my overall adoration for my grapefruit tree, I’ve blogged about its fruit, juice, spiders, and haircuts.
Today I’m loving my grapefruit tree because it’s keeping me young, or at least smelling that way. “‘It acts as an olfactory Botox,’ said Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, a neurologist, psychiatrist and founder of the Smell & Taste foundation. “Pink grapefruit has a positive effect on mood, and, in our society, positive is associated with youth.”
Instead of drinking it, maybe I’ll start bathing in grapefruit juice. At the very least, I’ll have to incorporate it into my latest obsession - making soap. Speaking of, I may owe my friends and family an apology for their Lavender-Chamomile soaps, “Rose reminded them of grandma, and lavender evoked equally gray-haired imagery.” Oops, nothing but pink grapefruit next year!