Neroli oil was named by the people of Nerola after Princess Anne Marie Orsini of Nerola used it to perfume her gloves due to its divine scent. Its unforgettably fresh scent certainly seemed to leave an impression on the Italian town of Nerola, as it has on me. I adore this essential oil, which is extracted from the wonderful white flowers of the bitter orange, hand picked in the morning, as soon as they blossom, during the months of April and May. Neroli oil is expensive, as a relatively small amount of oil is produced from a large amount of flowers.
The bitter orange trees grow in Mediterranean countries and they produce tasty oranges as well as beautiful blossom flowers with their intense and gorgeous scent. These are happy trees that give my mood a great boost; the neroli oil produced gives me the sensation that I am stepping out into beautiful springtime, no matter what time of year it is.
Health Benefits of Neroli Essential Oil
The divine neroli fragrance is used in many perfumes, but it’s the essential oil that has the following health benefits:
- Relaxing properties that may aid insomnia, anxiety and stress.
- Calms digestive problems such as intestinal spasm and diarrhoea.
- Helps re-balance acneic skin, aid regeneration of scarred skin and improves elasticity in mature skin.
Neroli can be found in a range of high-end skincare products such as body creams and facial oils. When looking to purchase skincare products containing real neroli oil, ensure “neroli flower oil” is listed in the ingredients, as many companies use the synthetic fragrance, which provide no health benefits whatsoever.
Note: Use this oil in small amounts and with care. Avoid using while pregnant. Always dilute it in carrier oils at the suggested concentration, and never use directly on the skin.
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