Aromatherapy: Neroli

( Citrus aurantium )

Neroli oil is distilled from freshly picked flowers of the bitter orange, also known as the Seville orange. The plant is native to the Far East. Neroli oil is yellowish in color and has a strong scent. When exposed to light and air, it turns reddish brown. Once this reaction has taken place, neroli oil is useless for healing. Neroli has a sedative, antispasmodic, and tranquilizing effect. It also has a slightly hypnotic action. Some women find neroli oil to be especially helpful as a relaxant during pregnancy and labor. The oil can be added to the baths, inhalations, and skin applications. For baths use 5 drops to bathwater. For inhalation, use a diffuser, or place a few drops on a handkerchief, hold to your nose and breathe. For skin or body massage, blend 4 drops in tbsp. of a carrier oil such as vegetable or nut oil or aloe gel. For scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles, it is even more effective to use vitamin E oil or rosa mosqueta oil as a carrier oil.
Buy only from a reputable source. Because of its price, neroli oil is often adulterated with other oils.
Aids with: anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, poor circulation, menstrual symptoms, broken capillaries, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles.


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