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 directly from the bottle. A neroli essential oil bath is great for menopause symptoms, too.
13. Prevent Bacterial Infections
Apply a slightly stronger neroli/carrier oil blend to wounds and sores to prevent bacterial infections. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties will kill the bacterial and speed healing. Neroli oil will relieve pain from sores and wounds as well.
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14. Treat Fungal Infections
Massage a stronger neroli/carrier oil blend into areas infected with fungal infections. Try using a 3% to 5% dilution rate. Coconut oil and jojoba oil are great carrier oils for treating fungal infections as they also have anti-fungal properties.
15. Give Your Immune System a Boost
Practice neroli essential oil aromatherapy, take a bath with a few drops of neroli oil added in or massage a 1% to 3% neroli/carrier oil blend into your skin to give your immune system a boost. Its high level of antioxidant properties are excellent for immune system support.
*Because neroli oil is a natural sedative, you should use it when you don’t plan to go anywhere until you see how it effects you. It may make you sleepy.*
16. Prevent or Reduce the Severity of Convulsions
Run your diffuser with 2 to 3 drops of neroli oil and 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled water in it for 30 to 60 minutes to help manage convulsions. It was proven to be effective on mice. Of course, it should not take the place of medications and, if you are under a doctor’s care, you need to discuss the use of neroli oil with him or her prior to using it.
17. Calm Muscle Spasms and Cramps
Massage the 1% to 3% neroli essential oil/carrier oil blend into cramping muscles to relax the spasm.
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18. Get Relief from Sore, Achy Muscles
Use the 1% to 3% neroli blend to relieve muscle soreness after a long, hard day or a good workout. It quickly reduces the pain and inflammation while it increases circulation to speed healing.
19. Alleviate Indigestion and Diarrhea
Practice neroli oil aromatherapy or massage the 1% to 3% blend into your abdominal area to soothe indigestion and alleviate diarrhea. Rub the oil into your chest then work your way all the way down over your abdominal area.
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20. Decrease Wrinkles
Mix 1 or 2 drops of neroli essential oil into 1 teaspoon of your favorite face cream and use it to moisturize your skin and get rid of wrinkles. Jojoba oil is an excellent carrier oil for moisturizing the face. It contains vitamin E and B complex vitamins for healthy skin. It also helps regulate sebum production, which may need to be reduced in younger skin or increased in more mature skin.
*Do not get essential oil in your eyes or nose where it will come in contact with sensitive mucous membranes.*
21. Reduce Stretch Marks and Scars
Use the same moisturizer to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Jojoba oil is also great for this but, if you have a favorite body lotion, simply add 1 to 2 drops per teaspoon and use that.
22. Soothe Dermatitis and Rashes
Gently apply the 1% to 3% neroli oil blend to areas of itchy dermatitis and rashes. It will soothe the irritation, reduce inflammation and speed healing.
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23. Treat Acne
Dab neroli oil on pimples to clear them up or use the 1% to 3% neroli oil as an all-over, acne-fighting moisturizer. You can use it to get rid of acne on your face, back and anywhere else that it has become a problem.
*Neroli EO can be rather expensive. It is often mixed with a carrier oil by the manufacturer. Be sure to check the ingredients, especially if the oil is inexpensive.*
24. Get Rid of Headaches
Add a few drops of neroli essential oil to a cool, moist washcloth and put it on your forehead to alleviate headaches. You can use a warm washcloth, if you prefer. This is wonderful for tension headaches.
25. Sleep Better
Practice neroli EO aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed to help you relax and fall asleep faster. Its strong sedative properties are really very effective. You can also add a few drops to a cotton ball and put the cotton ball inside your pillow case. That way, it will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
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26. Alleviate Fatigue
Use neroli EO to alleviate fatigue and put some pep in your step. This seems odd, I know. An oil that has sedative properties just shouldn’t be able to energize you, but it does. If you feel like you are fighting a never-ending battle to get up and get going, diffuse neroli oil for 30 to 60 minutes every morning and again when the afternoon slump hits. For a quick and dirty pick-me-up, simply take a few deep inhales directly from the bottle. Using it to get a good, restful night’s sleep will help, too.
27. Get Relief from Neuralgia and Neuropathy
Use neroli EO to get relief from the pain and inflammation associated with neuralgia and neuropathy. It helps combat these conditions by improving sleep and circulation while it reduces stress, inflammation and fatigue. Run your diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes with a few drops of neroli oil several times a day. You can also gently massage painful joints with the 1% to 3% neroli/carrier oil blend.
Additional oils that may help and can be blended with neroli are clary sage (buy it here), ginger (buy it here), jasmine (buy it here), lavender (buy it here), sandalwood (buy it here) and ylang ylang (buy it here). Don’t overdo it, though. Only combine a few and still use the same amount of essential oil. For example, you can put 1 to 2 drops each of a few different oils in your diffuser with 1 cup of water. You could also add 2 drops each of a few different oils to 1 Tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of a carrier oil for a 2% dilution rate.
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28. Kill Germs in the Air
Run your diffuser with a few drops of neroli essential oil in it to kill germs, bacteria and fungal spores in the air around you. This is especially beneficial during cold and flu season. If you like, you can add in a few drops of ginger oil and/or geranium oil (buy it here) for a spicy, floral fragrance and triple the germ-, bacteria- and fungi-fighting power.
29. Prevent Underarm Odor
Apply the 1% to 3% blend to your armpits after you get out of the shower to prevent underarm odor. It is a natural deodorant with its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Also, it smells fabulous. Every time you lift your arm, the heavenly smell of orange blossoms will waft up around you.
30. Prevent Body Odor
Add 25 drops of neroli oil to 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle and use it as a fragrant body spray. You will be getting its other beneficial properties, in addition to its divine scent. The essential oil molecules are quickly absorbed into the skin.
Was this list helpful to you? I was amazed by all of the incredible uses for neroli essential oil. It is a heavenly-smelling oil with many benefits that have actually been scientifically proven. Even though it is a bit more pricey than other citrus oils, this one is well worth having around.
Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and share your own experiences with neroli oil, if you have already used it. We can all learn from each other’s experiences and keep adding to the on-going list of its great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this essential oil.
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