What precious botanical oil requires around 1,000 pounds of handpicked flowers to be produced? I’ll give you a hint — its fragrance can be described as a deep, intoxicating mix of citrus and floral aromas. Neroli is excellent at soothing agitated nerves and is especially effective at relieving feelings of grief and despair. Plus, you can actually reduce your blood pressure and cortisol levels just by smelling this wondrous oil.
Native to Africa and tropical Asia, the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium) is that it actually produces three distinctly different essential oils. The peel of the nearly ripe fruit yields bitter orange oil while the leaves are the source of petitgrain essential oil. Last but certainly not least, neroli essential oil is steam-distilled from the small, white, waxy flowers of the tree.
Benefits of Neroli Oil
Naturally, the pure essential oil smells stronger and therefore is a better choice for use in homemade perfumes, diffusers and aromatherapy. However, if you plan on using the oil mainly for your skin, then it’s not a bad idea to buy it blended with a carrier oil like jojoba oil.
Sweet dreams: Put a drop of the essential oil on a cotton ball and tuck it inside your pillowcase to help you relax into a great night’s slumber.
Homemade Neroli Body & Room Spray
Total Time: 2 minutes
1/2 cup distilled water
25 drops neroli essential oil
Mix oils and water in a spray mister bottle.
Mist skin, clothing, bed sheets or the air.
Acne treatment: Since neroli essential oil has powerful antibacterial properties, it’s a great home remedy for acne to treat breakouts. Wet a cotton ball with water (to provide some dilution to the essential oil), and then add a few drops of neroli essential oil. Dab the cotton ball on the problem area gently once a day until the blemish clears up
Regenerate skin: Mix a drop or two of neroli essential oil with an application of an unscented face cream or oil (like jojoba, almond or argan), and apply as normal.
Decrease stretch marks: Add a few drops of neroli essential oil to a cream, lotion or oil to reduce stretch marks and broken capillaries on the skin.
Deodorant: This essential oil can also drive away foul odors. It can be used on the body as a perfume or in rooms as room fresheners or vaporizers. This will not only drive away odor but will also disinfect the rooms against germs and toxins.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup baking soda
40-60 drops essential oils ( can use any EO you choose)
Empty deodorant containers or glass jar.
Put coconut oil in bowl
Mix in baking soda
Add in essential oils
Store in a deodorant container or in a glass jar