Neroli, also known as "orange blossom", is the flowers of the same
Citrus aurantium var. amara that produces bitter orange and petitgrain
essential oil. While petitgrain oil is extracted from the tips (branches and
leaves), and bitter orange oil comes from the fruit peels, Neroli essential
oil is obtained from the freshly picked, ready-to-open blossoms. It takes
about 1000 lbs of bitter orange flowers to make only 1 lbs of Neroli essential
oil, making it one of the most precious oils in aromatherapy. The oil is
named after an Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille, Countess of
Nerola, who discovered the oil and used it to perfume her gloves and bath.
Today, Neroli is used extensively in high-class perfumery works, and is a
key constituent of true eau de cologne.
Neroli is antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antiseptic and a
gentle sedative. One of the most important uses of Neroli essential oil
is in helping with problems of emotional origin. It is especially
valuable for states of tension, anxiety and fear. It is ideal for those
who become exhausted from over worried. It is also an effective
treatment for insomnia, particularly when the sleeplessness arises from
anxiety. It is best used as a bath essence before bedtime.
Due to its calming nature and antispasmodic effect, Neroli is a helpful
remedy for digestive problems that arise especially from stress or nervous
tension. It is an effective treatment for chronic diarrhea, abdominal
pains and irritable bowel syndrome.
Neroli essential oil is also used extensively in skin care products due to
its special rejuvenating effects which result from the stimulating
properties that help the growth of new healthy cells. It can be used
for all skin type, but is most useful for dry or sensitive skins. It
can be used with Mandarin essential oil to prevent
stretch marks during pregnancy.
Neroli has delicate yet rich, fresh, floral top notes and warm, heady,
Neroli essential oil is one of the best aromatic antidepressive oils. It
counters nervous strain, fear, anxiety, mental confusion, as well as lack
of confidence. Neroli can redirect one's energy into a more positive
direction and give the strength to deal with crises.
Neroli essential oil is generally regarded as non-irritant, non-sensitizing
and mildly phototoxic.
Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a
qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use
only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.