Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium
Part Used: Flowers
Process: Steam Distillation
Neroli essential oil is distilled from bitter orange blossoms and is one of six oils that comes from the bitter orange tree; the others are petitgrain essential oil (distilled from the leaves), cold-pressed bitter orange peel oil, distilled bitter orange peel oil, solvent extracted orange blossom absolute, and solvent extracted orange blossom water absolute.
Plant Description: Native to Southeast Asia; grown commercially in Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, France, Spain, Italy, Algeria, Egypt, and the US. Citrus aurantium is thought to be a hybrid of C. maxima-pomelo and C. reticulata-mandarin. The plant is an evergreen subtropical tree that grows to a height of 33 feet with glossy dark green, ovate leaves, and small, dark fruits; the hand-harvested pure white flowers are distilled immediately to avoid unpleasant off notes due to decomposition.
Oil Description: Pale yellow mobile oil with a delicately sweet, very light and ethereal floral aroma (has a slightly bitter back note) that, due to its energetic vibration, practically takes wings once its container is opened; for optimal condition and preservation, it is best to keep movement and exposure to heat, air and light to a minimum.
Historical/Traditional Uses: The essence of orange blossoms was favored by Marie Anne de La Tremoille, the princess of Nerola, Italy in the late 1600s. It is said that she so loved the scent of orange blossoms on her gloves and in her bath that everyone in the region knew of her aromatic obsession. Thus, the oil of Nerola is known today as Neroli essential oil, a name unique because of its geographical association, an obvious departure from essential oil names that for the most part refer to botanical elements (i.e., orange blossom essential oil).
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Neroli essential oil is cited for its pronounced cellular regenerative properties, making it an excellent component for all skin formulations, but particularly those for scars, stretch marks, and sensitive, mature, dry or oily skin. Neroli may provide some protection to the skin during x-ray treatment. It is also said to have tonic effects on the cardiac and circulatory systems. Regarded as a natural tranquilizer, its calming and relaxing, yet joyous and uplifting action encourages peace, confidence, courage and sensuality; it is indicated for anxiety, hopelessness, nervous depression, stress, insomnia, PMS and menopausal irritability, hypertension, and emotional shock. In perfumery, Neroli is a middle to top note that blends well with benzoin (Siam), bergamot, boronia, cedarwood, chamomile, champaca, clary sage, coriander, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, orange blossom absolute, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Neroli essential oil is non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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