Fun Facts About Neroli Extract (Orange Blossoms)
Neroli is derived from the blossom of the Seville orange tree. Its feminine, fresh, youthful and pure fragrance is named after a noblewoman, the Duchess of Neroli. It stimulates cell regeneration and is said to promote restful sleep, primarily due to its soothing effect on the nervous system. A symbol of purity and at the same time reputed to be an aphrodisiac. This might explain why orange tree blossom is used in boutiques and garlands at weddings.
In Sicily, when the orange trees are in blossom, the island’s inhabitants are said to become “drunk on love!” Its yield is low: it takes one entire ton of orange blossom to produce just 2.2 lbs. of pure Neroli Essential Oil!
The health benefits of Neroli Essential Oil
The health benefits of Neroli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, bactericidal, cordial, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, disinfectant, antispasmodic, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic substance.
Antidepressant: If you cannot escape from depression, even when you are out at parties or discotheques, you can try this essential oil to relieve your chronic depression. Neroli Essential Oil drives away sadness, invokes a feeling of joy and happiness while uplifting your overall mood. That is why this oil is extensively used in Aromatherapy techniques.
Aphrodisiac: Those who want to relive those pink and blue moments of their youth, even in their fifties, sixties or nineties should give this essential oil a try. It not only promotes arousal and increases the libido, but it also helps to cure loss of interest in sex, frigidity, impotence and erectile dysfunctions. It has also been known to create romantic and sexual feelings, which is very important for having a happy and successful sex life. As they say, “Sex is in the brains!”
Antiseptic: When you get a cut or wound and the doctor is too far to reach for an anti-tetanus injection, you should apply this oil on your wounds. This will effectively protect your wounds from infections and tetanus. You can then take your time to visit the doctor, but you should still definitely see a physician, just in case.
Cicatrisant: This property of Neroli Essential Oil works better than any anti-mark cream or lotion. In fact, some herbal anti-mark applications use this essential oil because Neroli helps make scars, spots, and marks left by acne fade away.
Cytophylactic: Neroli essential oil promotes the generation of new cells and stimulates the health of those already present. This makes you grow bigger, stronger and healthier.
Disinfectant: It disinfects the body as well as your surroundings, while curing infections of the colon, prostrate, kidneys and urinary tracts when taken internally. In other uses, it helps cure skin infections and protects against new infections as well.
Sedative: It sedates all of the organ systems and metabolic functions of the body, including those in your head. It gives relief from anxiety, distress, anger, depression, inflammations and irritations. In other words, it relaxes both the body and soul.
Tonic: Neroli essential oil safeguards all the aspects for good health, such as maintaining the correct rate of metabolism, proper circulation and a boosted immune system.
Deodorant: This essential oil can also drive away foul odors. It can be used on the body as a perfume or in rooms as room fresheners or vaporizers. This will not only drive away odor but will also disinfect the rooms against germs and toxins.
Digestive: Neroli essential oil promotes digestion and increases appetite.
Emollient: This is one of the most popular properties of neroli essential oil, which is its ability to care for the skin. It makes the skin smooth, free from infections and adds a glamorous glow. It also helps to maintain the right moisture and oil balance in the skin.
Other Benefits: It can be used to cure neuralgia, colitis, diarrhea and fat-cracks. It is also effective in reducing weight.
A Few Words of Caution: There are no inherent threats of using neroli essential oil. You should avoid using it when you need to concentrate on something or if you want to avoid sleep, due to its sedative nature.
Blending: Neroli essential oil blends particularly well with all citrus oils. It also mixes well with the essential oils of Benzoin, Geranium, Lavender, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Rosemary and Sandal Wood.
From where does the name Neroli come?
By the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, Italy, introduced the essence of bitter orange tree as a fashionable fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and her bath. Since then, the term “neroli” has been used to describe this essence. Neroli has a refreshing and distinctive, spicy aroma with sweet and flowery notes.