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Guide To Neroli Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

"Neroli touches the realm of the angels, and anyone who uses it is brushed with the lights of angels' wings," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She says the emotional benefits of neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium) are to encourage lightness, the lifting of sorrows, completeness, joy, understanding, calm, regeneration, and peace.

Aromatherapy supplies with the words Guide To Neroli Essential Oil Benefits and Uses and photo of a bitter orange tree.

Basic Neroli Facts

Plant family: Rutaceae

Production: Steam distilled from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. This oil is also called orange blossom. Two other oils also come from the bitter orange tree: petitgrain distilled from the leaves, twigs, and sometimes the immature fruit, and bitter orange oil expressed from rind of the ripe fruit.

Aroma: Sweet, citrusy, floral.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle

Is neroli safe to use during pregnancy? Yes, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby.

Is neroli essential oil safe for children? Yes, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby, though some sources specify a minimum age of 6 months.

Cautions: Producing one kilogram of neroli oil requires two tons of flowers, making it an expensive oil. For this reason, the oil is frequently adulterated. Make sure you buy a high quality oil from a trusted source.

Main components:

  • linalool
  • (+)-limonene
  • linalyl acetate
  • (e)-beta-ocimene
  • alpha-terpineol
  • beta-pinene

The percentages depend on the source of the oil. See Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition.

Neroli Aromatherapy Benefits

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Neroli essential oil skin benefits all skin types and may help reduce scars and varicose veins. This essential oil may help reduce muscle pain, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, and indigestion. The oil can help counter emotional shock, mental confusion, nervous strain, anger, anxiety, fear, and lack of confidence.

The Heart of Aromatherapy
: Neroli is popular in natural perfumes. In skin care, the essential oil is useful for daily skin care, rejuvenating damaged skin, soothing skin irritation, and calming inflammation. The oil also soothes sore muscles, provides emotional comfort, and helps you feel centered and relaxed.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
: Use neroli for insomnia, indigestion, abdominal spasm, intestinal cramp, stress and related conditions, scar tissue, skin regeneration, acne, stretch marks, nervousness, depression, tension, and emotional exhaustion.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): In skin care, neroli tones the complexion and is helpful for scars, stretch marks, mature and sensitive skin, and wrinkles. The essential oil may help improve circulation and relieve flatulence and nervous indigestion. The oil also helps relieve anxiety, depression, nervous tension, shock, and stress-related conditions.

Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine neroli uplifts the spirit, clears heat, relaxes nerves. The oil is especially useful for hot, agitated conditions of the Heart involving restlessness, insomnia, and palpitations. Helps reduce high blood pressure. Eases anxiety, nervous depression, and mental and emotional tension. "Described as both sensual and spiritual, neroli helps to reestablish the links between a disconnected body and mind."

Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I
: Psychologically, neroli promotes emotional stability, optimism and insight, and euphoria. Physically, the essential oil regulates dysregulation, restores hypotonic/weak conditions, and relaxes hypertonic/tense conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the oil is to regulate the Qi, settle the Heart, and harmonize the Shen.

Subtle Aromatherapy: Use neroli in ritual baths for purification and in a diffuser in meditation and healing spaces. The oil has an affinity for the eighth chakra and facilitates all spiritual work.

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing
: Spiritually, neroli helps you achieve the highest vibrational alignment to connect with angels and other spiritual energy. Mentally, the essential oil promotes courage and mental strength during challenging times. Emotionally, the oil helps you remember your magnificence and can help during times of grief.

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Neroli brings in positive energy, calms and uplifts, and clears energy blocks. The oil is especially useful for the fourth chakra to promote love, gratitude, and a sense of peace and to help ease grief.

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Neroli attracts love and promotes a long, happy marriage. The oils helps you experience inner truths and opens the door to psychic awareness and other realms.

Neroli Essential Oil Uses and Blends

For a relaxing massage, combine 3 drops neroli oil and 2 drops jasmine oil in about 4 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For relief from insomnia caused by psychological disturbance, diffuse neroli at night.

For an aphrodisiac oil, add 1 drop neroli to slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon almond oil. Make two blends: one for each partner. Both partners then anoint themselves with the blend. Source: Subtle Aromatherapy

Romance Diffuser Blend

  • 10 drops neroli essential oil
  • 7 drops rose essential oil
  • 20 drops rosewood essential oil

Add oils to a dark glass bottle. Cap and shake well for one minute. Let sit for 24 hours before using a few drops in a diffuser. Alternately, add a few drops to a carrier oil for massage. Adapted from Rocky Mountain Oils.

Menopause Relaxation Massage Blend

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) almond oil
  • 1 drop neroli essential oil
  • 1 drop clary sage essential oil
  • 1 drop spikenard essential oil

Combine the essential oils with the almond oil in a suitable bottle. Massage a small amount of the blend externally over the location of the ovaries and on your mid and lower back.

Source: Elizabeth Ashley. "Menopausal Personality Changes and Anxiety." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Autumn 2016.3, p. 50.

Skin Care

Mature Skin Cream
Combine 2 drops each of neroli, palmarosa, and spikenard essential oils with one ounce (2 tablespoons) unscented base lotion. Apply to your face as part of your daily skin care routine.

Neroli Whipped Shea Body Butter

  • 1 cup shea butter 
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 20 drops neroli essential oil
  1. Add shea butter to a double boiler over low heat and stir until melted.
  2. Stir in jojoba oil. Remove mixture from heat.
  3. Whip the mixture using a manual or electric mixer.
  4. Stir in the neroli.
  5. Spoon the mixture into clean glass jars and label the jars.

Stress Relief Body Spray

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 6 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 4 drops neroli essential oil
  1. Add water to a 4-ounce PET plastic or glass spray bottle.
  2. Drop in essential oils.
  3. Put the cap on bottle and then shake gently to mix.

To use: Shake gently. Spray around your body. Avoid spraying directly on your face. Source: Essential Living

Aromatherapy Inhalers

Calming Inhaler Blend for Children (ages 5 and up)

  • 4 drops neroli
  • 4 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 4 drops mandarin essential oil

Place essential oils on the cotton wick of an aromatherapy inhaler. Assemble inhaler. To use, remove cap and inhale deeply as needed.

Source: Cheryl Murphy, Certified Aromatherapist. "The Rutaceae Plant Family." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Summer 2017.2, p. 35.

Grief & Shock Inhaler

Add 15 drops of any combination of neroli, rose, mandarin, and peppermint to an inhaler. When dealing with grief or unexpected news, inhale the scent.

Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils from Edens Garden

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