Neroli oil is extracted from the flowers of Citrus aurantium of the Rutaceae family and is also known as orange flower and Neroli bigarade.
As with lavender, this essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils, as it not only has great therapeutic properties, but also has the most incredible smell. It has a greatly relaxing effect on the body and mind, relieving muscle spasms, calming heart palpitations and has a wonderful rejuvenating and regenerative effect on the skin, helping to prevent ugly scarring and fighting stretch marks.
Neroli oil has a sweet, floral and slightly haunting aroma, the color is pale yellow and the viscosity is watery.
Care must be taken when buying neroli oil, as many suppliers adulterate the oil to increase their profits, as it is a strong smelling oil and even when diluted still has the most incredible smell. The oil sold by us is unadulterated and 100% pure.
Origin of Neroli
It is also known as ‘orange blossom’ and it takes about 1000 lbs. of orange blossoms to make 1 lb. of Neroli oil. The name is said to have originated from the Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille (Countess of Nerola) who used the oil as a perfume and to scent her bathwater and gloves. It is still an ingredient for making traditional smelling eau-de-cologne.
Orange petals are often associated with marriage, purity and brides, as brides traditionally wore orange buds in their hair.
Neroli oil is extracted from the small, white, waxy flowers of the bitter-orange tree by steam distillation and yields 0.8 – 1 %.
The main chemical components of neroli oil are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, a-terpinene, nerol, neryl acetate, farnesol, geraniol, linalool, nerolidol, linalyl acetate, methyl anthranilate and indole.
Neroli oil is non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant and non-phototoxic yet must be used sparingly when a sharp clear head is needed, as it can be very relaxing.
The therapeutic properties of Neroli oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, cordial, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic.
Neroli oil is very relaxing and can relieve chronic anxiety, depression, fear, shock and stress and its calming effect can also be beneficial to the digestive tract. It can be used for intestinal spasms, colitis and diarrhea.
It helps insomnia, and as one of the essential oils with the most sedative effects is useful for treating depression, anxiety and shock and is also effective in calming heart palpitations, treating headaches, neuralgia and vertigo. It can help when a patient is convalescing and is a good general tonic.
On the skin, neroli oil can help to regenerate skin cells and is a rejuvenating oil useful to prevent ugly scar tissue, promote a smoother skin, fighting stretch marks and broken capillaries.
More information about Neroli Oil
Children’s Remedy ~ soothing, digestive, calming remedy for infant’s colic & gentle sedative to help with sleep
Skincare ~ excellent for aging ~ mature skin, rejuvenating & revitalising ~ ability to stimulate cellular activity & growth of healthy new cells, beneficial to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, scars, thread veins, redness, broken capillaries & irritation of the skin ~ helps maintain & balance skin moisture & sebum (skin oil) ~ helps heal cuts, wounds ~ may help protect your wounds from infections & tetanus
Aphrodisiac ~ promotes arousal & increases the libido ~ creates romantic & sexual feelings
Cardiovascular System ~ treatment of hypertension & palpitations ~ promotes circulation
Digestive System ~ promotes healthy digestion, beneficial for intestinal spasms, colitis & diarrhea ~ may help reduce weight & maintain correct metabolic rate
Nervous System ~ very relaxing ~ one of the most effective sedative & anti-depressant remedies ~ chronic anxiety, sadness, anger, depression & shock, fear, stress & excellent as a remedy for insomnia ~ treats headaches, neuralgia & vertigo
Respiratory System ~ helps relieve coughs, colds, excess mucus & tightness of breath
Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ clears heat, strengthens & stabilizes the heart, mind & emotions & uplifts & inspires the hopeless, encouraging confidence, courage, joy, peace & sensuality. brings everything into focus ~ relaxes the nerves & uplifts the spirits ~ enhances creativity
Blends Well With ~ Benzoin, Bergamot, Cananga, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, German & Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang
Safety ~ Non-toxic, non-irritant & non-sensitising