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Neroli (Citrus aurantium ssp. amara) Hydrosol

Neroli (Citrus aurantium ssp. amara) Hydrosol


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Neroli (Citrus aurantium ssp. amara) Hydrosol

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Plant description

Latin Name : Citrus bigaradia
English Name : Neroli, Orange blossom
French Name : Néroli or fleurs d'oranger
Family : Rutaceae
Origin : Italy

History and Origin

 Around late 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, Dutchess of Bracciano and Princess of Nerola, popularized the essence of bitter orange as a fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and as bathing water. Since then, “neroli” is used to designate orange blossom. Many young brides would use orange blossom to ornament their hair as a symbol of purity and fertility. The flower represented the spirit of the Virgin Mary. The white flower symbolizes virginity and the fruit, maternity.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Extraction : Steam distillation
pH : 3.8-4.5
Aroma and taste : Sublime, floral, fruity, refreshing, sexy, and luscious. One of the most complex-smelling hydrosols. Wear it as a perfume. The flavor is sweet and, again, both floral and fruity, with a hint of greenness. Undiluted, the flavor is almost too perfumed, overwhelming the senses; diluted, it is unbelievable and must be experienced. Delectable.
Stability and Shelf Life : Very stable; easily lasts two years or more.

Properties and Applications

Neroli is a major antistress and calming agent, and it is mildly sedative to the central nervous system without causing sleepiness. It stops caffeine jitters and the effects of overindulgence rapidly, although the mechanism is undetermined. This is the choice for hysteric children, babies, and even adults and is a wonderful treatment for sudden shock. It is also quite effective in children with hyperactive attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and can be used both topically and internally for this purpose. Neroli is supportive for the physical and emotional bodies during detoxification programs and abstention or when quitting a habit or addiction like smoking. It is a digestive aid, stimulating bile release and relieving heartburn and reflux. It also seems to calm spasms in the digestive tract and valves and, in combination with basil water, has shown some promise for hiatal hernia. Misted on the abdomen or applied to acupuncture digestion points, it relieves stress-related bloating, gas, cramps, and constipation. Antispasmodic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal, it is good in a douche for leucorrhea or thrush, especially when combined with thyme or oregano and rock rose. Neroli is a wonderful treatment for delicate, sensitive skin and for oily skin, because it is so astringent. Avoid use on very dry skin or use only 20 percent in combination with lavender, rose and/or geranium. A superb toner on its own or combined with rock rose, it clears acne and irritations. Use it in face masks with clay and honey for the ultimate in luxury. Wear it as a natural perfume that won’t aggravate the scent sensitive. This is an affordable alternative to the pure essential oil, which is expensive and frequently adulterated or synthesized. It is delicious in all sweets and beverages, with fruit, or in jams and preserves.

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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
  • La Flore Laurentienne
  • Native American Ethnobotany
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