Neroli - Orange Blossom

Neroli is mood uplifting; it boosts confidence, and helps to face emotional fear...

Citrus aurantium

Note: Base

Parts Used: blossom

Source: steam distillation of the freshly picked fragrant white blossoms of the bitter orange; a small evergreen specimen native to the Far East. A solvent extraction is also available and is known as Orange Flower Absolute. Orange flower water is also produced as a by-product of the distillation process. Most of the oil is produced in Italy, Morocco and Egypt.

Description and Odor Effect: a pale yellow liquid with a sweet, floral fragrance and bitter undertone. The absolute is a dark amber viscous liquid with a fresh, warm, sweet-floral fragrance, very similar to the scent of fresh orange blossom. The aroma effect of both neroli and orange flower absolute is uplifting, calming and anti-depressant; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Blends well with: chamomile, citrus essences, clary sage, coriander, jasmine, lavender, myrrh, rose, ylang ylang

Physical Uses: Neroli is used on the skin for scars, stretch marks, thread veins, mature and sensitive skin; neroli tones the complexion and reduces wrinkles. The balancing nature of neroli calms palpitations and improves poor circulation. Neroli soothes the intestines; it is used in the gastric treatment of diarrhoea (chronic), colic, flatulence, spasm, and nervous dyspepsia.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Neroli is perhaps best known for its ability to help with problems of emotional origin: anxiety, depression, nervous tension, PMT, shock and stress-related conditions. Neroli calms nervous tension; relaxes hyperactive children; promotes a restful sleep. Its odor effect is mood uplifting, it boosts confidence and helps one to face emotional fear.

Neroli is often adulterated with the essential oil of petitgrain, which has similar properties and is reltively inexpensive.

Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antistress, aphrodisiac, astringent, blood purifier, calmative, carminative, cicatrizant, cordial, cytophylactic, deodorant, digestive, emollient, euphoriant, hypnotic, hypotensor, regenerator (skin cells), sedative, tonic, tranquilizer, uplifting

Application: application, aroma lamp, bath, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Keyword: Confidence

Neroli was named in 1680 when the princess of Nerole perfumed her gloves, stationary, shawls, and bathwater with the scent.

Neroli Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To ease interrupted or broken sleep:

  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Lanaloe Wood
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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