|Latin name||Citrus aurantium var amara flos|
|Synonyms||Orange flower oil, orange blossom, neroli bigarde|
|Extraction||Distillation of the flower. Can also be solvent extracted.|
|Plant characteristics||An evergreen tree up to 10 metres high with glossy, dark green leaves and fragrant with flowers from which the essential oil of neroli is distilled.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow oil with a deeply floral, sweet notes and a overtone of light citrus.|
|Traditional use||Named after the Italian Princess Nerola, the oil was used as a nerve tonic and blood cleanser. Neroli is a soothing and calming essential oil. Has a rejuvenating and regenerative effect on the skin. It is beneficial for all skin types particularly mature, dry and sensitive skin.|
|Blends well with||Chamomile, coriander, geranium, clary-sage and ylang ylang essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||There are no known contra-indications. It is essential to use the genuine version of this much adulterated and simulated essential oil. The flowers of the sweet orange tree do not yield such a high quality essential oil as the bitter orange tree.|
|Main chemical constituents||Terpenes (35%), alcohols (40%), esters (7% – 20%).|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.