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All about Neroli (Orange Blossoms) Essential Oil

The Origins of Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli flowersNeroli essential oil is extracted from the delicate blossoms of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium). Also known as ‘orange blossom’ it is a fragrant elixir that has been cherished for its unique properties and captivating aroma. This article will introduce you to the fascinating world of Neroli essential oil.

About the Plant

The bitter orange tree, also known as the Seville orange tree is native to Southeast Asia. However is now cultivated in various parts of the world, including the Mediterranean and North Africa. It has beautiful, white, star-shaped flowers and fruit that is more bitter than its Sweet Orange counterpart.

Neroli essential oil is derived from the fragrant orange blossoms, which are hand-picked with care. The name “Neroli” is believed to have originated from the 17th-century Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille. She was the Countess of Nerola, who popularized the use of orange blossom essence in her bathwater and perfumes. The aroma quickly became fashionable, and the essential oil gained its current name, “Neroli.”

Cultural Significance

Neroli essential oil isn’t just a delightful fragrance; it has a rich cultural history that spans centuries.

Perfumery

Neroli’s aromatic charm has made it a favourite of perfumers for generations. Its sweet, floral, and slightly citrusy scent has been a staple in many classic and contemporary perfumes. It was one of the original ingredients in Eau de Cologne, where it still retains a role today. The fragrance of Neroli is often associated with elegance, sensuality, and romance, making it a first choice for bridal perfumes.

Emotional Wellbeing and Relaxation

Beyond perfumery, Neroli essential oil is known for its emotional and psychological benefits. In aromatherapy, it is valued for its ability to alleviate everyday stresses and strains. It is a popular choice for relaxation and promoting a sense of well-being. Many people find solace in the gentle, soothing aroma of Neroli, and it has been used to uplift spirits and reduce nervousness.

Traditional Medicinal Uses

Neroli essential oil has a history of use in traditional medicine. It was believed to have properties that supported the digestive system. It was also used to address symptoms of restlessness and tension. This reinforces the idea that its soothing aroma could have a calming effect on the mind.

Symbolism and Tradition

Neroli essential oil has its cultural roots in Mediterranean, Moorish, and Middle Eastern cultures. The orange blossom is a symbol of purity and new beginnings, and it is often associated with love, hope, and happiness. This symbolism is a key part of wedding celebrations. Brides traditionally wear wreaths or carry bouquets of orange blossoms as a symbol of purity and fertility.

As we move forward, we’ll explore the chemical composition of Neroli essential oil and how it contributes to its unique properties. Stay with us as we uncover the science behind this captivating elixir.

Chemistry

Neroli essential oil is a complex blend of organic compounds, each contributing to its unique character. The primary components that make up this fragrant oil include:

Linalool: Linalool is a terpene alcohol known for its floral and sweet aroma. It contributes to the calming and soothing properties of Neroli essential oil. This makes it a popular choice for relaxation and stress relief.

Limonene: Limonene is a cyclic terpene with a citrusy scent. It gives neroli its subtle citrus notes and is also found in abundance in citrus fruits like oranges and lemons.

Geraniol: Geraniol is another terpene alcohol, providing Neroli with its rose-like scent. This compound is often used in perfumery and is known for its pleasant floral aroma. It’s also (unsurprisingly) found in Geranium oil.

Neryl acetate: Neryl acetate contributes to the sweet, herbaceous notes in Neroli essential oil. It is responsible for some of the oil’s sedative properties, making it helpful for keeping a healthy sleep routine.

Methyl anthranilate: Only present in small amounts but fantastic when preparing for a restful night. Interestingly, this component is found in much greater quantities in Petitgrain Mandarin oil which comes from the leaves and twigs of the related species Citrus reticulata.

Therapeutic Properties

Neroli’s chemical composition gives it a variety of therapeutic properties.

Relaxation
The presence of linalool and neryl acetate in neroli makes it a valuable tool for relaxation and stress relief. Aromatherapists often use it to create a calm and soothing atmosphere.

Mood elevation
Geraniol’s rose-like aroma helps to uplift the spirits. It brings cheer and comfort.

Skin health
When diluted and used topically, Neroli essential oil has a toning effect on the skin. It is particularly beneficial for dry or irritated skin. It can also be used in a blend to reduce the appearance of scars or stretch marks.

Healthy sleep
Many people find the scent of Neroli is a relaxing part of their bedtime routine.

The complex chemistry of Neroli essential oil makes it a versatile and sought-after aromatic treasure. It is often used in personal care products, perfumery, and as an essential tool in the world of aromatherapy.

Neroli : Orange Blossoms – Aroma Profile

One of the most enchanting aspects of Neroli essential oil is its captivating aroma. This section will immerse you in the world of Neroli’s fragrance and the sensory experiences it offers.

Neroli’s aroma is like a floral symphony that unfolds with every drop. It is renowned for its sweet, floral, and slightly citrusy notes, creating a harmonious bouquet of scents. The aroma is often described as:

  • Sweet: The sweet top-note of Neroli’s scent is gentle and inviting. It’s not overpowering, making it a versatile oil for blending with other essential oils.
  • Floral: Neroli carries a prominent floral scent that resembles a mixture of blossoms, most notably orange blossoms. This floral note is popular in elegant and romantic fragrances where it brings a rich, sensual note.
  • Citrusy: Though primarily floral, Neroli does have subtle citrus undertones. These hints of citrus add a refreshing and uplifting element to the aroma, making it even more appealing.

Aromatherapy and Emotional Well-Being

Neroli’s fragrance is known to have a profound impact on emotional well-being. The calming and sedative properties make it an excellent choice for relaxation. It is also naturally uplifting due to its pleasant, floral aroma. Many people find the scent of Neroli conducive to a peaceful night’s sleep. Diffusing it in the bedroom can create a tranquil atmosphere that supports restful slumber.

Production and Sustainability

The production of Neroli essential oil often uses traditional methods that have been passed down through generations. This not only maintains the authenticity of the oil but also supports local communities.

Many regions where Neroli is harvested still rely on hand-picking the blossoms. This labour-intensive process provides employment opportunities for local communities. The blooms are picked, not when they are in full bloom, but when the flowers have just opened. Damaged flowers and leaves or twigs give an unpleasant note to the finished oil, so care is taken to pick only the best flowers.  The highest quality oil is produced from flowers picked first thing in the morning.

Certified organic Neroli is widely available. Oshadhi has been supplying Neroli as both a traditionally produced oil and a certified organic oil for over 20 years.

Application

Neroli essential oil offers a wide range of application methods, each with its unique benefits. In this section, we’ll explore how to use Neroli essential oil effectively and safely

Diffusion: Aromatic Bliss

Diffusion is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the sweet aroma of Neroli essential oil. Here’s how to do it:

Aromatherapy Diffuser: Use an aromatherapy diffuser to disperse the fragrance throughout your living space. Add a few drops of Neroli essential oil, turn on the diffuser, and let the room fill with the enchanting aroma. Diffusing Neroli can help create a calming and uplifting atmosphere, perfect for relaxation and stress relief.

Room Spray: Create a homemade room spray by mixing Neroli essential oil with water in a spray bottle. A few spritzes can instantly refresh a room and set a serene mood. Don’t forget to shake well before spraying!

Topical Application: Gentle Skincare

Neroli essential oil can be diluted and applied topically to the skin. However, it’s important to dilute it with a carrier oil (such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil) to ensure safe and effective use. Here are some ways to use Neroli topically:

Facial Oil: Add a drop or two of Neroli essential oil to your facial oil or moisturizer. It can help improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and provide a radiant complexion.

Body Oil: Dilute Neroli essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it as a body oil. This can be especially soothing after a bath or shower, leaving your skin soft and subtly scented.

Massage Oil: Combine Neroli essential oil with a carrier oil for a luxurious massage oil. The calming aroma of Neroli enhances the massage experience and promotes relaxation.

Bath

Adding Neroli essential oil to your bath can turn a simple soak into a luxurious and relaxing experience. Here’s how to do it:

Dilute in Bathwater
Mix a few drops of Neroli essential oil with a carrier oil or Epsom salts, and then add the mixture to your bathwater. The warm bath will release the aroma, creating a tranquil environment.

Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
You can also create your own aromatherapy bath bombs by adding Neroli essential oil to the mixture before forming the bombs. When they dissolve in the bath, the oil will disperse and envelop you in its delightful fragrance.

Personal Inhalation

Carrying the calming scent of Neroli with you throughout the day is easy with personal inhalation methods. Here are two options:

Inhaler Stick: Add a few drops to a personal inhaler stick to take Neroli with you throughout your day.

Inhalation Patch: You just need to add one or two drops to a blank inhaler patch to experience the beauty of Neroli as you sleep.

Contraindications & General Safety

While Neroli essential oil is generally considered safe, it’s essential to be aware of a few precautions:

  • Always dilute before applying it to the skin to prevent any potential irritation. A 1-2% dilution is typically recommended.
  • Do a patch test before using Neroli oil on your skin to ensure you don’t have any adverse reactions.
  • Pregnant women should consult with a practitioner before using essential oils.
  • Keep essential oils out of reach of children.
  • If you have known allergies to citrus fruits or flowers, exercise caution when using Neroli.
  • Store essential oils in a cool, dark place to preserve its quality.

Blending & Recipes

Neroli essential oil’s therapeutic properties make it a versatile addition to your daily life. In this section, we’ll explore how to blend Neroli with other essential oils. We’ll create unique scents and discover practical recipes for various applications.

Blending with Other Essential Oils

Neroli’s sweet, floral, and slightly citrusy aroma complements a wide range of other essential oils. Here are some ideas for blending with Neroli:

Lavender: Combine Neroli with Lavender for a calming and soothing blend. This combination is perfect for relaxation and promoting restful sleep.
Bergamot: Pairing Neroli with Bergamot enhances the citrus notes and creates a fresh and uplifting scent. It’s an excellent choice for brightening your mood.
Geranium: Mixing Neroli with Geranium results in a floral and sweet blend with a hint of rose. This combination is well-suited for skincare applications.
Ylang Ylang: A blend of Neroli and Ylang-Ylang creates a rich, exotic, and sensual aroma. It’s perfect for creating romantic and luxurious scents.

Recipes

Let’s explore some practical recipes that incorporate Neroli essential oil into your daily life:

Relaxing Bath Blend:

  • 4 drops of Neroli essential oil
  • 3 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts

Mix the essential oils with the Epsom salts and add the mixture to your bathwater for a relaxing soak.

Uplifting Room Spray:

  • 15 drops of Neroli essential oil
  • 10 drops of Bergamot essential oil
  • 60ml of distilled water

Combine the essential oils with distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well before use, and spritz the room to create an uplifting atmosphere.

DIY Perfume:

Blend the essential oils with jojoba oil and apply the mixture to your pulse points for a personalized and captivating perfume.

Calming Inhaler:

Add the essential oils to the inhaler stick and inhale as needed for stress relief and relaxation.

Experiencing Neroli

Neroli essential oil is not just a fragrance; it’s an invitation to experience one of the world’s most exquisite aromas. Its sweet and soothing notes have the power to transport you to a state of relaxation and bliss. Its soothing, sedative effects are of particular benefit for people who are agitated or easily alarmed. Gabriel Mojay says…

“Neroli oil may be considered for any deep emotional pain that robs us of hope and joy.”

Neroli is also surprisingly popular with teenage boys. We had some lovely feedback from a customer who used it with her teenaged service users. She described how it help to calm them down and how much it was missed if they ran out!

Find out more about Neroli from Oshadhi’s founder Malte Hozzel in this short video:

Whether you’re seeking a moment of tranquility, a mood boost, or a soothing skincare solution, Neroli has something to offer. So, why not embark on this journey and experience the magic of Neroli for yourself?

Oshadhi’s Neroli Essential Oils

Oshadhi has supplied Neroli oils for more than 20 years. It is available as both a conventionally farmed Neroli essential oil and a certified organic Neroli essential oil, so you can choose according to your requirements and budget.