oil comes from the fragrant white flowers of the
Bitter Orange [citrus aurantium] or Seville Orange
- an evergreen tree well known for its resistance
to disease [often used as root stock for other citrus
trees] growing up to about 30ft tall, with leathery,
dark green leaves, and orange fruit.
of Neroli takes its name from Anna-Marie de Neroli,
a 16th century Italian princess who is credited
with discovering that a fragrant oil could be extracted
from the flowers of the Bitter Orange, and used
it to scent her gloves.
oil is a valuable anti-depressant, and Patricia
Davis cites it as a "particularly
good oil for depression in older, menopausal and
post-menopausal women." Recent studies have
also shown its effectiveness at helping PMT, as
it has a calming, anti-stress action and eases cramping
particularly rejuvinating addition to skin care
remedies, Neroli is useful for dry, sensitive, normal,
and delicate skins, and stimulates the growth of
healthy new cells.
oil has antiseptic and antispasmodic properties,
and is a gentle, calming sedative, useful for treating
insomnia. It is also an effective remedy for states
of anxiety and shock. Add a few drops of Neroli
oil to your bath when you're feeling stressed and
fragile, or add to a base oil for a soothing, relaxing
essential oil can be safely used during the later
months of pregnancy to calm and soothe, and according
Griggs will also help prevent stretch-marks
: add a few drops to almond or sunflower oil and
massage gently over your stomache.
Do not take the essential oil internally except
under professional guidance !