Essential Oil of Neroli (Citrus aurantium)


Family: Rutaceae

Origin: The tree originally came from China but generally obtained from France, Morocco, Portugal and Italy. The name originated from Anne-Marie de la Tremoille (Countess of Nerola) who used the oil as a perfume and to scent her bath water and gloves.

Plant description: Neroli comes from the white petals of orange trees. Some Neroli is made from the lemon and mandarin blossom.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Petals of the bitter-orange tree

Extraction method: Enfleurage/Distillation

Main Chemical Constituents: Phenylacetic (Acid), Nerol, Geraniol, Linalool, Nerolidol, Terpineol (Alcohols), Linalyl acetate, Methyl antrhanilate, Neryl acetate (Esters), Jasmone (Ketone), Indole (Nitrogen), Camphene, Limonene (Terpenes).

PRECAUTIONS: Generally safe, however it is a sedative so should not be used when concentration is needed.

PROPERTIES: Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Bacteriacide, Carminative, Cordial, Cytophylactic, Deodorant, Digestive, Emollient, Sedative, Tonic.



Digestive: An antispasmodic promoting a calming effect on the intestines and can be helpful with colitis and diarrhea.

Nervous system: Its tranquilizing action on the sympathetic nervous system makes it a good remedy for insomnia, especially when sleep is disturbed due to depression. Helpful with neuralgia, headaches and vertigo.

Mental/Emotional: Hypnotic and euphoric. Said to relive chronic anxiety, depression and stress. Soothing in high emotional states, hysteria and shock. Instills a feeling of peace.

Reproductive: Affective as an aphrodisiac. Also relieves emotional depression associated with premenstrual tension and some menopausal symptoms such as irritability and tearfulness.

Circulation: Soothes palpitations of the heart and cleanses the blood, improving circulation.

Skin care: Helps regenerate skin cells and improves skin elasticity. Helpful with all skin conditions particularly thread veins, scarring and stretch marks. Also said to give some protection to the skin during X-ray treatment.




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