Neroli oil is an essential oil, extracted from the flowers of bitter orange trees (Citrus aurantium var. amara). It’s also known as orange blossom oil. The oil is extracted from the flowers by steam distillation.
Neroli oil emits a rich, floral scent, with citrusy overtones. It’s used as a base note in perfumes and scented products. Because of its soothing effect on mood, neroli oil is often used as an ingredient in body lotions and cosmetics. It can also be used in aromatherapy.
Some evidence suggests that neroli oil has benefits for conditions like:
- high blood pressure
- menopausal symptoms
Neroli essential oil uses
Neroli oil is typically used in aromatherapy, and by applying it directly to the skin. You can use it by itself, or combine it with other essential oils in a diffuser, or spritzer. You can also pour a small amount of oil into your bath, or into a facial steamer to inhale.
If you wish to enjoy neroli oil throughout the night, try soaking a cotton ball and placing it under your pillow. You can also scent a handkerchief with neroli oil and use it in five-minute increments on-the-go.
Some evidence Source shows that aromatherapy, when mixed with massage, can have a more positive effect on mood than aromatherapy alone. To try out this technique, mix neroli oil with a carrier oil and use it topically as a skin treatment, or during massage.
You can also use neroli oil topically to treat acne breakouts or inflamed skin. Try applying it directly to pimples or irritated skin on a cotton pad. Leave on overnight.
Neroli oil side effects and precautions
- Do not use this oil if you cannot avoid exposure to the sun.
- Do not use this oil if you’re using a tanning booth.