Neroli, neroli, neroli. I love it, I love it, I love it.
The oil is produced from the blossom of Citrus aurantia ssp amara or bigarade. It is a powerful, beautifully enchanting blossom fragrance with a little spice and bitter-sweet citrus.
It is an oil that is precious and expensive to make and therefore is mostly sold in a 3% blend. (see my article “Essential Oils 3% in Jojoba – What are they, and Why?” for more information on 3% blends).
In the world of essential oils and plant-based medicine it is a relative newcomer. While some herbs and oils have been used for thousands of years (lavender, myrrh, frankincense, cypress for example), this scent was made popular in Italy in the 1700’s. The story goes that
“by the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, Italy, introduced the essence of bitter orange tree as a fashionable fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and her bath. Since then, the term “neroli” has been used to describe this essence.”
The principality of Nerola is close to Rome where the Princess really worked the diplomacy angle in the Italian capital, securing her future in the courts of France, Spain and Rome. The essence was used particularly in Venice to ward off water born viruses and nasties.
She later changed her name and title (when the duke of Bracciano died) to Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins. Apparently the title was created by herself and had no real credit, but her influence in politics remained until her death.
Thank goodness she was a scented visionary and left us with a love of this beautiful flower and perfume.
In aromatherapy neroli is therapeutically used for –
* relieving tension and anxiety, depression and melancholy
* improving the look and feel of facial skin by reducing the look of small capillaries
* some claims say it can be beneficial in treating muscle spasms and is also used in heart patients – massaged over the heart
Neroli is best used therapeutically as a sedating agent and for a treatment against anxiety and depression. Perhaps the small white flower allows one to open to the simple beauty of life.
Try these recipes:
1. Facial Oil
Use Neroli 3% straight from the bottle as a moisturiser or an overnight treatment. The scent will be heavenly and will soothe and calm your skin.
2. Pure Pulse Point Perfume
Once again use this oil straight from the bottle as a perfume. I always get comments when I wear Neroli as it appeals to men and women.
3. Nourishing Body Oil
Add these oils to 3 teaspoons of carrier oil for an all-over body moisturiser –
Neroli 3% 21 drops
Neroli 3% 9 drops
Cardamon 1 drop
Rosewood 3 drops
Neroli 3% 9 drops
Fennel 1 drop
Patchouli 1 drop
Orange 2 drops
Remember to use your intention when making a blend or using an essential oils as a perfume. You will be creating your life!