Product Spotlight: Neroli

Product Spotlight: Neroli

May 8th 2023

Posted by Dr. Christoph Streicher and Samantha A.

Neroli Oil is one of the most beneficial and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. It has been cherished for centuries as it has a profound ability to soothe the heart, calm the mind, and relax frayed nerves.* Its pleasant scent evokes feelings of optimism, peace, joy, and security while it helps uplift your senses.* Neroli Oil can be used in various ways such as massage therapy, lotions or creams, and steam inhalation therapy or diffusers to effectively reduce stress hormones like cortisol that are impacting day-to-day life. In this blog post we will explore how Neroli Essential Oil helps us cope with stressors more efficiently through its calming blend of compounds which includes nerol, nerolidol, and neryl acetate among many others. We’ll also share some quick tips on how to make use of Neroli Oil safely at home so you can always have its positive effects within reach!

What is Neroli? And how is it different from Bitter Orange?

Neroli has always been one of the most expensive oils because it takes 1 ton of orange blossoms to produce 1 quart of oil, and these blossoms can only be picked by hand. The oil obtained from Bitter Orange flowers is called Neroli Bigarade; the oil from Sweet Orange flowers is called Neroli Portugal; and the oil from Lemon flowers is called Neroli Citronier. In this article, we will be mainly discussing Neroli Bigarade Oil.

The Bitter Orange Tree is native to the foothills of the Himalayas. The Bitter Orange fruit was first cultivated in the Mediterranean by Arabs in the 10th and 11th centuries, and it was spread by Arab travelers through the Middle East and around the Mediterranean Sea. Bitter Orange has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for indigestion, nausea, and constipation.* The dried peel of both Bitter Orange and Sweet Orange was used to help treat anorexia, colds, coughs, digestive spasm relief and to stimulate digestion while the oil was used to bring natural anti-bacterial benefits, promote energy, and boost immune fuctions.*

In the 16th century, the flowers of the Bitter Orange Tree were being distilled and used for other purposes such as a lovely oil to soothe and hydrate covered skin. These flowers were given the name “Neroli” for the 17th century Italian Princess of Nerola, Anna Maria de La Tremoille, who wore the oil on her hands before putting on her gloves and scarves. Today, Neroli has been known as the oil to strengthen give relief to those with a long-standing psychological tension, exhaustion, and seemingly hopeless situations. Neroli offers the gift of strength and courage that helps us see life’s beauty.

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What are the Therapeutic Benefits of using Neroli?

The exquisite aroma of Neroli will enchant your senses — a heady mix of fresh orange blossoms, rich bitterness and spiritual succulence. Its coveted use in perfumery is testament to its unhurried warmth that's both sensual and comforting. As far as skincare goes, this essential oil offers many potential benefits; ranging from soothed skin inflammation through to balanced sebum production for oily skin-types.*

Neroli Oil has long been lauded as one of nature's most powerful tools for managing anxiety.* This calming essential oil is believed to bring emotional equilibrium, mental lucidity, and empathy into the lives of those who are struggling with stress-related issues: allowing them to achieve a sense of inner harmony through enhanced feelings like peace and serenity.*

Neroli Oil packs a powerful punch when it comes to maintaining cardiovascular health.* Its calming properties not only help soothe the nerves and regulate heart rhythm, but also support those with hypertension by reducing associated palpitations.* Furthermore, its spasm-taming effects may even offer relief for digestive issues like chronic diarrhea caused by stress or nervous tension!*

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How would you use Neroli?

Are you looking to nourish your skin, lift your mood, and support a healthy nervous system?* Neroli Essential Oil might be the solution for you. Its aroma is bold and refreshing, making it perfect for adding to blends or using as part of an aromatherapy routine. From stimulating circulation to calming the mind, there are countless benefits when using Neroli Essential Oil in aromatherapy!* Let’s take a look at how to use this powerful oil.

  • Overall Topical Application: 3-5% Dilution
    • Neroli Essential Oil can be used to help reinvigorate the body's major systems, such as integumentary, circulatory, and nervous. By diluting it with any carrier oil, you can use this application to help maintain skin and hair health, reduce redness or irritation, promote healthy cell growth and balance serum production.* You can also use this blend to help regulate heart rhythm while soothing tissue spasms related to the circulatory system.* On a deeper level, it promotes emotional stability by relaxing overwhelmed stress levels as well as lifting spirits for an overall sense of wellbeing.* Dilution for this application should be 3-5% in any carrier oil (15-25 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil).
  • Whole Body Massage Application: up to 2-3% Dilution
    • A whole body massage can help the integumentary system by reducing redness / irritation, promoting healthy cell growth, and balancing serum production especially when you add Neroli Essential Oil.* By making a massage oil of Neroli and a carrier oil, your circulatory system will benefit as well – it helps regulate heart rhythm while calming tissue spasms.* Last but not least, this aromatic treatment promotes emotional balance to relax overwhelmed stress and uplift one's spirit!* Dilution for this application can be up to 2-3% in any carrier oil (10-15 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil).
  • Diffusion / Inhalation Application: add a few drops to a Nebulizer or Nasal Inhaler
    • Neroli Essential Oil is an ideal way to address issues of emotional balance and stress with its diffusion application. When diffused or inhaled, it can promote relaxation among overwhelmed mindsets while simultaneously uplifting the spirit - a powerful combination for calming your nervous system! While Neroli can be used in a diffuser, it may be less costly to use Bitter Orange instead as they have similar therapeutic benefits.

What would blend well with Neroli?

Neroli Essential Oil is a natural addition to any aromatherapeutic blend, bringing incredible benefits to your lifestyle. Combining it with Elemi and Sandalwood can help open the door for greater mental clarity while Petitgrain BigaradeTangerine, and Neroli encourage feelings of Mediterranean-inspired relaxation.* Lastly, Roman Chamomile along side Ylang Ylang create an optimal environment for peaceful slumber surrounded by pleasant dreams!*

Here are a few DIY recipes for you to try in your nebulizer:


Final Thoughts from the Amrita Experts

Neroli Essential Oil is renowned for its calming capacities which can help relax the nervous system while promoting a positive mental outlook.* Not only does it have an uplifting effect on your spirits but also helps reinforce our inner being so that we are better able to handle difficult situations with confidence and composure — allowing us access into joyous states of peace free from any feelings of emptiness or agitation caused by life's unpredictable challenges along the way.* Amrita hopes you learned to love Neroli as much as we do!

Happy Blending!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.