(Citrus aurantium var. amara)
Neroli is a citrus essential oil that also goes by the name orange blossom. This oil is steam distilled from the freshly picked blossoms of the bitter orange tree (the peel of the nearly ripe fruit is used to make bitter orange oil). It is a luxurious oil often praised in aromatherapy for its soothing effects.
Neroli oil has an intense sweet, floral and citrusy scent. It blends nicely with jasmine, lavender, geranium, chamomile, ylang ylang and all other citrus oils as well.
Neroli has great skin benefits which can better the appearance of scars and stretch marks as well as help care for mature and sensitive skin. It is used to assist with insomnia because of its tendency to provide calmness and can also help when you’re facing anxiety or shock. It may also be useful in relieving menopausal symptoms and nervous tension.
Lawless, J 2013, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Conari Press, San Francisco.
White, J 1999, Aromatherapy Blends for Life, Blends for Life, Melbourne.