Citrus aurantium amara

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Neroli oil is an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara or Bigaradia). Most of the parts of the bitter orange are valued for their strong but alluring fragrance, and are vital in the fragrance industry. Orange oil comes from the orange peel; the leaves are used to make petitgrain oil; and the flowers are steam distilled to make neroli (or orange blossom) oil.

Neroli oil is widely used in the perfume and fragrance industry. Eau -de -Cologne, the famous perfume from Cologne, Germany, used this oil as its main ingredient. It was named after the 16th century Princess Marie-Anne de La Treemoille of Nerola, Italy, who loved the fragrant orange blossom scent and introduced it to Italy.

Neroli oil has a deep, intoxicating mix of citrus and floral aromas and can be pale yellow or coffee-brown in color. Neroli oil is costly to produce. It takes one ton of bitter orange blossoms to make one quart of oil.

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  • Studied Properties
  • Common Uses

Studied Properties

Most of the medicinal properties of Neroli Oil match those of other citrus essential oils. 

Research shows that the chemical composition of neroli essential oil has both antimicrobial and antioxidant powers.

Neroli oil has a unique chemical composition. The oil is composed of over thirty distinct compounds including linalool (28.5 percent), linalyl acetate (19.6 percent), nerolidol (9.1 percent), E-farnesol (9.1 percent), őĪ-terpineol (4.9 percent) and¬†limonene¬†(4.6 percent).

Neroli oil can help stimulate the growth of new cells, supporting your skin's renewal process and helps prevent ugly scar tissue and promotes smoother and brighter skin and is good for pigmentation.

It also has profound calming qualities making it a useful oil to combat anxiety and sleeplessness.

Common Uses

Neroli oil is a classic element in fragrance design and one of the most widely used citrus/floral oils in perfumery.

 Its wonderful calming qualities make it prized in aromatherapy and massage blends and it is useful for assisting with sleeplessness and mild insomnia.

It moisturizes dry skin and may reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks. Neroli oil can be blended with other essential oils and used to relieve occasional itchiness and irritation that comes with psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

It is great as an air freshener or diffused via a vaporizer in a room, the oil not only eliminates the odour, but also helps kill germs and toxins.

Fortunately, a little neroli oil goes a long way and it blends well with other essential oils.