Neroli is a fantastic addition to creams and lotions due to its regenerative, anti-bacterial and skin toning properties. With a sweet orange fragrance, Neroli (Citrus aurantium bigaradia) can restore that healthy glow to sun damaged, aging and acne prone skin.
Neroli essential oil is extracted from the lovely white, fragrant flowers of the Seville orange tree found natively in, and around the Mediterranean region. It is said to have derived its name from princess Anna Maria de la Tremoille, from Neroli (near Rome) around the seventeenth century. It is known to help keep the body free of microbial infections and toxins. People of Venice rubbed distilled floral waters of Neroli on their bodies to thwart fevers and other diseases in the seventeenth century. Since then, Neroli has been used extensively in perfumery, and is even credited to being an ingredient in one of the earliest eau de colognes in the early eighteenth century.
Neroli is also one of the most expensive essential oils, simply because it takes a large quantity of flowers to obtain a small amount of the oil. For example 2 tons of flowers may yield only 2 pounds of Neroli.
Due to its strong sedative and tranquilizing properties, Neroli is considered one of the most effective essential oils to treat depression and anxiety in Aromatherapy. It gives relief from anxiety, distress, anger, depression, inflammations and irritations. In other words, it relaxes both the body and soul.
Neroli promotes cell growth, fades scars/ spot and skin discolorations. It improves blood circulation, promotes the generation of new cells and maintains dermal moisture content, thereby keeping skin lush while reviving dull, sallow skin.
Neroli is anti-bacterial, anti-septic and reduces inflammation. It speeds up the healing process of wounds and gradually fades scars. It also maintains the water and oil balance. Neroli’s medicinal properties closely match those of its citrus counterparts. However, unlike citrus essential oils, Neroli is not phototoxic (does not increase sensitivity to sunlight). Therefore, it can be used in day creams and creams for acne prone skin safely.
You should avoid using it when you need to concentrate on something or if you want to avoid sleep, due to its strong sedative nature.