Neroli essential oil (buy it here) is a citrus oil, but it isn’t made from the fruit. It is made from the same citrus trees as petitgrain, but there is one big difference – it is made from the flowers. Petitgrain is distilled from the twigs, leaves and un-ripened fruit. So, we’ve got two different oils being produced from the same trees. Nothing from these bitter orange trees is wasted. The tree species is known botanically as Citrus aurantium.
There is some overlap in all of the incredible uses of neroli and petitgrain, although there are some very striking differences. One of those differences should come as no surprise. Neroli smells like orange blossoms. It is a wonderful, floral, feminine fragrance. I am always pleased to find something that smells so heavenly that also has so many incredible uses.
1. Alleviate Pain
Use neroli essential oil for pain relief just about anywhere on the body. Mix 1 to 3 drops of neroli into 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil you like. Apply the mixture to the painful area. Neroli EO aromatherapy is also great for this, especially if you are experiencing widespread pain. Simply add 2 to 4 drops to your diffuser along with 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes. Go ahead and take a few deep breaths of the steam for fast relief.
2. Reduce Inflammation
Use neroli EO to reduce inflammation in the same way as you would for pain relief. It is especially effective against acute chronic inflammation. You can use a stronger dilution rate, if you need to. Start out with the 1% to 3% solution, though, and increase the strength gradually. Any type of carrier oil can be used with neroli. Coconut oil and sweet almond oil are great as well as jojoba, argan and avocado.
*Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time. The 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops per teaspoon) is fine for everyday use.*
3. Reduce Stress
Practice neroli oil aromatherapy for stress relief. You can run your diffuser on your desk in the office or in a quiet, dimly-lit room for a more relaxing aromatherapy session. You can also take a soothing bath with 3 to 4 drops of neroli oil in the water. A warm footbath with a few drops of neroli oil works wonders as well.
4. Calm Anxiety or Panic
Rub a few drops of the 1% to 3% neroli oil/carrier oil blend in your palms to warm it up. Massage the warmed oil into the back of your neck and chest then cup your hands and inhale the vapors. You will feel your anxiety or panic slowly melt away. Aromatherapy is also great for this as well as a neroli oil bath. For quick relief, simply inhale the vapors from the neroli EO bottle. Breathe in deeply through the nose, into the sinuses and chest then exhale through the mouth.
5. Alleviate Depression
Practice neroli essential oil aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes several times a day to alleviate depression. It will soothe you and improve your overall outlook on life. If you are going to be away from home, keep the bottle with you and simply take a few inhales of the vapors directly from the bottle if you begin to feel blue.
6. Control Cortisol Levels
Use neroli oil to control cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that your body needs in order to perform certain functions, like the conversion of sugar and fats into energy and stress management. Excess stress and poor sleep habits can throw cortisol levels off to such an extent that it can be really unhealthy. Neroli oil has been proven to help the body maintain healthy cortisol levels. Aromatherapy is excellent for this.
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7. Improve Circulation
Practice neroli oil aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes and/or apply the 1% to 3% neroli/carrier oil blend to improve circulation. The aromatherapy is great for overall circulation. The 1% to 3% blend is especially wonderful for specific areas like the hands, feet or legs.
*Blossoms used to make neroli oil must be carefully handpicked!*
8. Boost Your Libido
Use neroli essential oil to give your libido a boost. Massage a 1% to 3% neroli/carrier oil blend into your chest, lower back and abdominal area. Put a few drops in your diffuser and turn it on while enjoying a romantic dinner with that special someone.
9. Lower Blood Pressure
Bring your blood pressure down with neroli oil. Aromatherapy is great for this or you can take a neroli oil bath. If you are away from home and feel your blood pressure rising, take 4 to 5 deep inhales directly from the bottle.
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10. Relieve PMS and Menstrual Symptoms
Massage the 1% to 3% neroli/carrier oil blend into your abdominal area, lower back, back of your neck and shoulders for relief from PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps and general discomfort. It also helps control PMS moodiness and irritability. Neroli oil aromatherapy is great for this, too.
**Apply a small amount of a 3% neroli oil/carrier oil blend to an inconspicuous area and wait for at least a few hours to see if you get a reaction before you begin using it all over.**
11. Improve Labor and Childbirth
Run a diffuser with 2 to 3 drops of neroli essential oil in it during labor to calm fears and promote a more relaxed atmosphere. You can also have your partner massage a 1% to 3% naroli blend into your lower back for pain relief and relaxation.
12. Decrease Symptoms of Menopause
Practice neroli aromatherapy to improve hormone balance, reduce blood pressure and increase your libido. A 30- to 60-minute session several times a day should do the trick. If you feel a hot flash coming on, begin to feel irritable or you feel your blood pressure rising, take a few inhales direct