Before we can discuss the plethora of benefits that can be derived from using Neroli Essential Oil, it’s first worth taking a look at the oil’s source. The bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium) is considered one of the most valued trees among essential oil users as it is used to produce three distinctively different essential oils. The small white flowers are handpicked and steam-distilled to produce Neroli oil, while the peel of the fruit is used to produce bitter orange oil, and the leaves are used to produce petitgrain essential oil. A single tree can produce up to 60lbs of flowers in a season, however it takes 1000lbs to produce the oil, which makes it one of the most costly oils on earth. These trees are found in Florida, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, France, India, and Eastern Africa.
Neroli gets it’s name from Princess Marie-Anne de La Treemoille of Nerola, Italy, who lived in the 16th century and so loved the fragrant orange blossom scent that she introduced it to the whole of Italy. The oil has an intensely sweet floral/citrus scent, which sometimes causes disputes in how it sh ould be classified. Yet the fact it originates from a citrus tree usually ends such conflicts, regardless of the scent. And speaking of scent, Neroli is considered a vital ingredient in the fragrance and perfume industry. Eau-de-Cologne, the legendary perfume from Cologne, Germany, uses this oil as its main ingredient. The original recipe has been described as a fragrance that reminds one of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after a morning spring rain.
It’s difficult to generalize all the wonderful benefits in a single statement, but it’s easy to say that it acts as an antidepressant, antispasmodic, bactericidal, disinfectant sedative. Neroli oil’s therapeutic properties come from its many beneficial components, such as alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, alpha-terpinene, farnesol, camphene, geraniol, indole, nerol, linalyl acetate, linalool, methyl anthranilate, neryl acetate and nerolido. It would require a lengthy document to detail and demonstrate what each of these compounds adds, but it’s safe to say that they work great and we are fortunate to find them all in one oil.
Neroli can be used topically, taken internally, or inhaled directly from the bottle or with the aid of a diffuser.
Topical Health Benefits of Neroli
It fights and prevents future infection, kills bacteria, and improves circulation. Some people refer to oil as “warming oil” because it increases blood flow, thus causing a feeling of overall body warmth; which many users in colder climates strongly support. It’s a great item to keep in your first-aid kit or backpack.
It’s an all-around total skin care solution, but has been specifically shown to reduce of scars, acne spots, or other blemishes. Neroli has been said to work better than any commercially available product for fading wrinkles and stretch marks associated with pregnancy or weight loss. The ability to repair skin at a cellular level is what separates Neroli from other creams or balms which make claims to do similar things. It’s also nearly foolproof since it helps to balance the natural oil level found in skin and can be used by virtually everyone with positive effects. As we age, our skin becomes tighter and more brittle, however using Neroli can help restore the natural elasticity of our skin.
Other topical uses for Neroli topically are numerous. A few drops on a warm compress which is then applied to the forehead and neck will help relieve the symptoms of a tension headache. Massaging the oil into the lower back helps to reduce the pain associated with labor and childbirth. Massaging the oil into the abdomen will improve digestion issues such as diarrhea, intestinal cramping, and other colon-related disorders.
The bacteria-fighting effects of Neroli can also be achieved by diffusing the oil and cleaning the air around you. The sedative effect will be quickly felt and users remark on reduced levels of anxiety, anger, and depression.
Inhaling Neroli oil has been proven to reduce stress by significantly lowering blood pressure. It also is effective to reduce or alleviate the symptoms of menopause and increases sexual desire. Older adults are quickly learning the secrets of this amazing oil to help increase libido, but also to combat erectile dysfunction, impotence, frigidity, and to stimulate feelings of arousal.
Like lavender, Neroli can be used as a sleep-aid; a drop on a cotton ball which can be tucked under your pillow will help you relax and fall asleep quicker, plus get a more restful night’s sleep.
The entire digestive tract benefits from Neroli taken internally. Any internal infections of the colon, prostrate, kidney, and urinary tract are improved by using Neroli. It also helps relax the body internally and eases the discomfort and frequency of coughing, spasms, and minor aches and pains. It is also useful to reduce inflammation.
In the Bathtub
Adding a few drops of Neroli oil to a hot bath might just be one of the most beneficial, all-encompassing actions you can do. Some of the areas that you can see immediate benefits are for reducing cramping associated with PMS, reducing or eliminating symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and even mild hysteria. It also has powerful anti-bacterial properties and can be beneficial for acne or other bacteria-based skin conditions. By bathing in water infused with Neroli, you can also get some of the aromatherapy benefits at the same time.
Is it Safe?
Neroli is considered safe for moderate use with no known toxic effects. It can be addictive if overused and may generate feelings of nausea after too much exposure. Due to the highly sedative and relaxing effects caused by Neroli, it is not recommended for use while driving, operating machinery, or in activities which require a high level of concentration. As with all essential oils, use caution when pregnant or breastfeeding and limit use in young children.