Every aromatherapists or a strong fan of essential oils will have its favorites. Mine are, since I am the flower girl, rose otto, neroli, geranium, lavender, and from woody – sandalwood, benzoin, gum – frankincense. One oil I really don’t care for is Patchouly, despite its wonderful therapeutic effects on the skin. I try to avoid it by all means.
This week I will be talking about Neroli – one of the most expensive oils, hence most adulterated. It has most of the fines floral and slightly euphoric essences.
Neroli (Citrus vulgaris) is extracted from bitter orange blossom. It was being produced in the beginning of 16th century and it became a fashionable perfume. The Duchess of Nerole (Italy) was using it to scent her Gloves. 🙂 Hence the name.
Neroli is my favorite for its antidepressant, uplifting and calming medicinal properties, along with its skin renewing abilities. It is particularly valuable for skin care cause it has special properties of stimulating the growth of healthy new cells, and hence has a strong rejuvenating effects on the skin. It can be used on all skin types from dry to oily to acne. But is most useful for dry and sensitive skin.
Neroli is one of the few oils that can be used during pregnancy.