Neroli essential oil is frequently used in aromatherapy for its relaxing properties and skin rejuvenating qualities. The oil is obtained by steam distillation of orange blossom flowers, and the large numbers of flowers that are required mean that this oil is slightly more expensive than many others.
Neroli oil has a number of health benefits. It is a natural antidepressant, antiseptic, and can be used to treat a number of digestive disorders.
The aroma is very floral, and the oil is pale yellow. As with most essential oils, it can be blended with others including geranium, lavender, and the range of citrus oils.
Due to the expense of the oil, it is often substituted with bergamot.
Uses of neroli essential oil include:
- When diluted into carrier oils and massaged into the skin, neroli oil can promote the regeneration of skin cells, making it very beneficial for scars, stretch marks, and thread veins. Using the oil in this way can also help muscular and joint pain. Massaging the oil into the skin can be beneficial for circulation as well.
- A few drops of oil can be added to bathwater to help with insomnia. These calming effects will benefit those suffering from stress and depression. This can also help to ease menstrual cramps as well as PMS and other symptoms associated with menstruation.
- By using neroli oil in a vaporizer, one can ease the symptoms of headaches, insomnia, and depression.
- The oil can be added to skin creams, which will also help stretch marks and thread veins. It can be used safely on sensitive skin, and its rejuvenating properties could be useful for those with older skin and fine lines or wrinkles. It also has a beneficial effect on acne.
- The oil is of benefit to the nervous system and is an excellent remedy for stress. It has a balancing effect on the emotions. Massaging the stomach area with essential oil of neroli can help to ease stomach problems that have been triggered by stress such as diarrhea and muscle spasms.
- The oil is considered to have aphrodisiac qualities.
- The oil can be taken internally to help cleanse the blood and promote a healthy heart. One or two drops should be diluted into a glass of water. Essential oils should only be used internally if recommended by a medical professional.
Make Neroli Essential Oil Skin Cream
Unscented base creams are available from most pharmacies or suppliers of skin care products. Add four drops of neroli oil and four drops of lavender to the base cream and blend well. Only a small amount of cream needs to be massaged into the skin, and this cream will have soothing and regenerating qualities.
Women who are pregnant should consult a medical professional before using neroli. Some people may experience a reaction if the oil is exposed to sunlight while it is on the skin.