One of the popular essential oils used in aromatherapy, neroli oil is believed to have many health benefits too. Take a look at how this oil is used, and why it is helpful for the human body.
Neroli oil is an essential oil prepared from the flowers of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium). These flowers are too delicate and so are handpicked. As they cannot withstand steam distillation, water distillation is preferred for making neroli oil. This oil has a pale yellow color and is thin in consistency. It has a pleasant floral smell, which is sometimes compared to that of bergamot. The oil has long been used for its aroma, and it is one of the ingredients in many commercial fragrances. Eau-de-cologne is a popular product that contains neroli oil as an ingredient.
Neroli oil is used for its fragrance and is often found as an ingredient in many commercial perfumes and cosmetics. It is also used in aromatherapy as an essential oil, and as a flavoring agent in certain foods and beverages. This oil is considered non toxic and non irritant. It can be used in burners and diffusers, and as a blended massage oil. Neroli oil is found to blend well with other essential oils, especially sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang oil, lavender, rosemary, etc.
Health Benefits of Neroli Oil
Neroli oil is said to possess antidepressant, aphrodisiac, deodorant, disinfectant, sedative, carminative, antispasmodic, and digestive properties.
Neroli oil claimed to be one of the most effective antidepressant oils, and is used extensively in aromatherapy for its soothing and calming effect. It can uplift your mood and ease tension and anxiety. It is said to be good for people with stress and depression.It is also found to be effective in treating headaches, insomnia, vertigo, etc.
Promotes Healthy Skin
It is claimed that this oil is beneficial for removing stretch marks and scars. Apart from that, it increases elasticity of the skin and promotes blood circulation. So it is used as an ingredient in various lotions, creams, under eye creams, etc.
Alleviates Internal Disorders
It is also claimed that neroli oil acts as a tonic for the female reproductive system. It is applied on the abdomen for relief from menstrual cramps. Even digestive disorders are said to be treated with neroli essential oil. It can either be applied on the abdomen for reducing bloating and abdominal discomfort, or can be taken as infused tea or supplement. Use of neroli oil is recommended for those with intestinal disorders, like, colitis, diarrhea, etc.
Even though it is safe to use this essential oil, it may cause side effects like, headache and uneasiness, in some users. It is also advisable for pregnant and nursing women to refrain from using this oil. Ingestion of neroli oil must be done according to the instructions of a qualified herbal practitioner.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.