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10 Recipes with Neroli Essential Oil – Citrus aurantium
Pretty flower. Very pretty scent.
Neroli essential oil is made from the blossom of a couple of citrus trees which do produce bitter fruit, sometimes used for marmalade – but the main focus is to harvest the blossoms for perfume. Thank you tree, your perfume is beautiful!
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.
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).
Let’s check out some recipes with Neroli 3%:
1. Facial Oil Treatment
Mix one or two drops of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil. You can warm the oil slightly first if desired – it will be very relaxing! Massage your face and rest for 10 minutes. You can also place a cool or warm wet face cloth on your face as a compress over the oil mask. Remove excess oil with a tissue or cloth.
Neroli 3% 4 drops
2. Pure Pulse Point Perfume
In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!
Perfect to calm the nerves and smell wonderful too –
Neroli 3% 5 drops
Ylang Ylang 1 drop
Get into your happy summer place –
Neroli 3% 3 drops
Lemongrass 1 drop
Lavender 1 drop
Neroli 3% straight from the bottle on your wrists and heart
When you need a little oomph –
Neroli 3 drops
Cedarwood Virginian 1 drop
Nutmeg 1 drop
3. Nourishing Body Oil Blend
For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.
***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.
For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”
“Sweetness and Light”
Neroli 3% 8 drops
Lemon 2 drops
Frankincense 2 drops
Neroli 3% 6 drops
White Grapefruit 4 drops
Rose Geranium 1 drop
And if you have Neroli pure essential oil then you can use it in a vapouriser or in a mist bottle. The 3% blend is only good for mixing with oil or in a cream for your face and body, or using direct from the bottle as a perfume. Here are some recipes with pure Neroli oil:
4. Personal Aura Cleansing Mist & Room Mist
In a 50ml mist bottle filled with water add 25 drops of oil
(depending on the packaging you have, you may need to use a little alcohol -like vodka- at the bottom of your bottle first, so the oils disperse into smaller drops to prevent clogging the atomiser top. I’ve found sometimes it works just with water, and sometimes it doesn’t – very annoying!)
Neroli 8 drops
Palmarosa 8 drops
Bergamot 9 drops
Neroli 10 drops
Sandalwood 6 drops
Juniper 6 drops
Cinnamon 3 drops
Neroli 8 drops
Orange 6 drops
Patchouli 4 drops
Cypress 6 drops
Spikenard 1 drop
Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention