Neroli

Benefits of Neroli

This wonder oil for the win, is literally worth its weight in gold, as it is limited in availability and difficult to come by.

This wonder oil for the win, is literally worth its weight in gold, as it is limited in availability and difficult to come by.

There are many ways to apply this exquisite oil to the skin, and as it works beautifully on an array of skin types, neroli is a wonderful option for everyone. It’s really good at giving added glow and dewiness to your skin. Neroli oil also contains antibacterial properties, which means it helps to keep skin clean, and guards against breakouts.

What Is Neroli Oil?

Who would have thought that this glamorous and mysterious ingredient is actually derived from the humble orange? Neroli is the prettier name given to the bitter orange flower, a close relative of the common navel orange. As the name implies, unlike navel oranges, bitter oranges are just that – bitter. In fact, they are commonly called “marmalade oranges” as they are historically used to make this tart British spread. Much like rose oil, Neroli oil is distilled from the bitter orange flower via hydro distillation (a.k.a. steam distillation) where the flowers are carefully steamed to release the fragrant oil.

The name “Neroli” came about after crusaders first brought the brightly-colored bitter orange from Asia to Europe. It was named after Anna Marie Orsini, the 17th century Princess of Nerola, Italy, who used it in her bath as a perfume and to scent her gloves. Anna popularized the use of Neroli in beauty, but prior to her, Neroli oil was a highly traded commodity used in ancient Egypt, traditional Chinese medicine and even to help fight the plague. The scent is often cited for its use in aromatherapy as it can reduce the levels of cortisol in the brain.

According to Patricia Davis, author of Aromatherapy: An A-Z, Neroli oil stimulates skin cells to regenerate, giving it anti-scarring properties. This makes Neroli a fantastic ingredient to rub on stretch marks, age spots and scars. It’s really good at giving added glow and dewiness to your skin. Neroli oil also contains antibacterial properties, which means it helps to keep skin clean, and guards against breakouts.

Neroli is an incredible emollient, offering conditioning and nourishment to the skin, so it is the perfect addition to any skin product, but its additional benefits are even better truly offer an amazing skincare treatment. Neroli Oil has been linked to skin cell regeneration and improved elasticity in the skin. As such, it smooths fine lines and wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. As a natural oil, it fully comes to life once applied to the skin, interacting with the natural oils within the skin layers. Neroli is brilliant for use on oily or acne prone skin. This may sound like an oxymoron, but the bitter orange oil helps maintain and balance the skin’s oil and moisture levels. It tones skin, balances sebum and assists in reducing inflamed blemishes. This balancing act means it also works wonders for dry and combination skin types.

Health Uses

In aromatherapy, neroli essential oil is typically used for the following health problems:

Anxiety, Colds, Headaches, High blood pressure, Indigestion, Insomnia

Neroli essential oil is said to reduce inflammation, alleviate stress, stimulate circulation, and enhance mood…

How Does It Work?

Inhaling the aroma of Neroli essential oil (or absorbing the oil through the skin) is thought to transmit messages to a brain region involved in controlling emotions. Known as the limbic system, this brain region also influences the nervous system. Proponents suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.

Health Benefits

Although research on the health effects of Neroli essential oil is limited, some preliminary studies suggest that the oil may offer certain benefits. Here’s a look at some key findings from the available research:

1) Anxiety

Studies suggest that Neroli essential oil may help ease anxiety. In a 2014 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, for instance, researchers examined the effect of Neroli oil aromatherapy on menopausal symptoms, stress, and estrogen in postmenopausal women.

After inhaling Neroli essential oil (0.1 percent and 0.5 percent) for five minutes twice daily for five days, participants had an improved quality of life-related to menopausal symptoms, increased sexual desire, and reduced blood pressure.

In a 2013 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, an aromatherapy blend containing Neroli essential oil was found to reduce anxiety and alleviate sleep problems in a group of coronary angioplasty patients in an intensive care unit.

2) High Blood Pressure

Neroli essential oil may aid in blood pressure control, according to a small study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2012.

For the study, 83 people with high blood pressure or prehypertension inhaled the aroma of either a placebo fragrance or an aromatherapy blend containing Neroli, lavender, ylang-ylang, and marjoram essential oils for 24 hours. Results revealed that those assigned to the aromatherapy blend experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure, as well as in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.