Extracted from the flowers of bitter orange trees and known for its fragrance and smell, neroli oil is a favorite of aromatherapists around the world. It is obtained from steam-distilling these flowers, where about 1000 pounds of these are required to make just a pound. So it’s quite expensive and usually not available in pure form. Nevertheless, the aroma of neroli oil still remains strong and effective, easily overpowering the base oil.
Loved by Napolean who used it as an aftershave, the color of this sweet fragrant oil varies from coffee brown to a pale yellow. Neroli oil has always been popular in the fragrance industry and has therapeutic uses also. This oil has tranquilizing effects, so one must be cautious on using it before driving or operating machines.
Its Uses Are
Perfumes And Fragrances
It is used all over the world to make perfumes and deodorants. Due to its sweet smell and aromatic fragrances many popular companies all over the world use at as their base oil. This oil is often classified as a floral oil instead of a citrus one.
Cholera, Plague, And Typhoid
This oil is a powerful antioxidant and is known to combat deadly diseases as it kills bacteria and prevents it from spreading further. Hence, plagues and epidemics can be controlled by the use of neroli oil.
Neroli oil works wonders on the skin. It maintains skin elasticity, repairs damaged cells and improves blood circulation. It can be mixed 1-2 drops with the daily cream and massaged on the face. It helps retain skin texture and color, can be used as a face cleanser, protects the skin from the harmful UV rays and helps treat under eye circles. Fine lines are reduced considerably maintaining the youthfulness of the skin.
Applying neroli oil to the pimples helps in diminishing them and also clears pimple marks.
Stretch Marks And Scars
Marks and scars are lessened on topical application of this oil. Ideally 3-4 drops of neroli oil should be mixed with liquid lanolin and rubbed on the problem areas.
The blood circulation of the body improves considerably by a neroli oil blended massage. Even neroli oil baths are beneficial in rejuvenating the blood cells of the body. Just add 8-10 drops to the bath water and indulge in a relaxing bath.
If the daily chores wear us out too much, a neroli oil application is a good idea. We can add it to the bath, massage it on the body or use 3-4 drops in the diffuser.
Depression And Stress
Used as an aromatherapy oil, it is known to uplift low moods and combat stress. It works by adding 3-4 drops to the diffuser. Stress is released, migraines are also treated with this oil. Since its also a tranquilizer, it gives the mind the much-needed rest and a cold or hot compress of neroli oil also work well for a headache. It also improves the immune system and controls blood pressure.
Premenstrual Symptoms And Menopause Discomfort
Women at times experience discomfort owing to premenstrual and menopausal problems. There is a fluctuation in the hormonal level which can be accompanied by anxiety, mood swings, and irritability. Neroli oil added 3-4 drops in a diffuser or used for a bath is highly beneficial to help alleviate these problems.
Even digestive issues like spasms of the stomach or intestines, colon malfunction, and diarrhea can be treated with blended neroli oil massage or use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.