Latin Name: Citrus aurantium var. amara
Extraction Method: Distilled from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, not the sweet orange that produces orange oil.
Aroma: Sweet, floral, spicy, and citrus.
It is said that Neroli was named after the sixteenth-century Italian princess of Nerola who admired the scent. She used it as one of her favorite perfumes. This essential oil has a very exotic and sensual aroma and it would be a perfumers delight. The scent is very strong, so it is advised to use in very small dilutions. Neroli is one of three different oils that are obtained from the same (Citrus aurantium) tree. Neroli is derived from the flowers; Bitter orange is derived from the peel and Petitgrain is distilled from the fragrant leaves. The major producers of Neroli essential oil are Italy, France and Tunisa.
General Description: It is common for Neroli to have active principles of linalol, linalyl acetate, limonene, nerol, geraniol and nerolidol. To be sure of what your Neroli essential oil consist of please refer to the GC/MS that your supplier should have available. Neroli has a vast amount of properties from the medicinal to emotional. It is described as both sensual and spiritual in that it helps to reestablish the links between a disconnected body and mind. As stated by Garbiel Mojay; neroli may be considered for any deep emotional pain that robs us of our hope and joy.
Medicinal Characteristics: Neroli has been used for circulation disorders such as hemorrhoids, indigestion and high blood pressure. One of the physical actions of this oil is to relieve spasms in the smooth muscle, especially that of the intestines. It has also been used to treat muscle pain. Neroli is also beneficial for cosmetic uses. It may regenerate skin cells for dermatitis; good for mature, sensitive, acne prone skin. It may also repair scars and varicose veins.
Emotional Properties: Neroli essential oil is a heavy weight when dealing with emotional concerns. It is very valuable for dealing with anxiety and can be used effectively to reduce anxiety before stressful events such as interviews, examinations or public speaking events. For those that are emotionally intense or an individual who can be easily alarmed and agitated this would be an ideal oil to utilize. As stated in Aromatherapy: A complete guide to the healing art; neroli is one of the best antidepressants and it may counter emotional shock, mental confusion, nervous strain, fear and lack of confidence. Along with lavender, melissa and rose; it is one of the best oils to calm and stabilize the heart and mind. On a ending note this oil may have hormonal properties and has been used in ancient times as an aphrodisiac.
Safety Considerations: No safety concerns specific to this essential oil.
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*Please note: This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.
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