I have had a love affair with Neroli Essential Oil for a long time, and was ecstatic yesterday when at Convention I learned that Dōterra was introducing a Neroli Touch.
I fell in love with Neroli Essential Oil about a decade ago when my friend used Neroli on her wedding day, and without knowing anything about except the sweet scent permeating from her, I thought “OMG, I NEED that in my life”.
Yesterday, during the dōterra announcement that it was adding this beautiful oil to its arsenal of oils, I took tons of notes. Last night I turned to all my essential oil books to get even more information, because oil geeks bring there reference library to convention right… Neroli is such a common essential oil that in one of my books alone the index cites 52 places where it is mentioned. You know that saying “good things come in small packages”, well this is the perfect example. It takes 1 ton of flowers to produce 2 lbs of this extremely potent and powerful oil.
Neroli Oil is made from bitter orange blossoms. Although Native to The Mediterranean, these plants, like many, have been transported and are thriving in many parts of the world. Contrary to the fact that it comes from a plant named “bitter orange” the scent is quite sweet with spicy undertones and a bit of “greenness” lingers. Another interesting fact is that the flowers have to be picked before dawn or the precious oil will evaporate under the heat of the sun. It is also important to note that it is most commonly “diluted” with petitgrain to bring the cost down, so in this case you get what you pay for and a less expensive oil wont have the same benefits.
It wasn’t surprising to me to find out that neroli oil, among other benefits, is slightly hypnotic and tranquilizing, I mean I don’t typically fall in love that easily— I must have been hypnotized.
Neroli essential oil is thought to have gotten its name after Maria de la Tremoille, Princess of Neroli; who would spray her gloves with it, which soon became all the rage called Guanti di Neroli. Their modesty in the 16th century amazes me, it is hot in the Mediterranean, I won’t put on gloves unless it is under 40F. Women during the 16-17th centuries used this oil in wedding ceremonies both in their bridal bouquet and in the bridal chambers the night of the wedding. It is said that the calming affects helped with pre-wedding jitters and any jitters that might occur that night. Move over valium, Neroli smells so much better! In addition, the Venetians were a very inventive crew, they used it to fight off the plague and flu. (Tisserand, 262)
Once made popular by Princess Neroli, the Venetians went crazy for it… You know the Venetians, they had to be in on every trend in the 16-17 centuries; a blatant display of wealth. None the less, Neroli became very prized in Venice. During this time, the time of not showering that is, Neroli mixed with Bergamot made it one of the first “Perfumes”. I bet people in Venice were happy for this little concoction. Even today the island stinks in the summer. From Italy the popularity of Neroli Oil traveled south to Madrid, but not exactly in the way you would expect.
The scene in Madrid was a bit different. Madrid was where Neroli Oil was first identified as an aphrodisiac. Prostitutes would don the oil so that their customers could identify their occupation. I’m telling you today, I’m glad this scent isn’t a good indicator of occupation because I’ve been wearing it like crazy…. unless it is the scent of an Essential Oil Gangsta…. Anyway later research shows that it affects blood flow (it’s a blood cleanser) in a healthy way and supports the circulatory system.
It should be noted that 12% of modern perfumes user neroli, so it must have some qualities that attract others, as I can’t imagine that cosmetic companies would waste their time. However you should know that if you are interested in making your own blend, Neroli is a top note, meaning the first to dissipate, and should be accompanied by a base and middle note. This will be a later blog post…. so much to do, so little time.
So the nitty gritty of the oil. Here are the formalities.
Therapeutic Properties of Neroli Oil according to- (Worwood pg 308):
Therapeutic Uses for Neroli Oil according to- Worwood pg 608 :
- abdominal spasm
- intestinal cramp
- stress and related conditions
- scar tissue
- skin regenerating
- problematic skin
- stretch marks
- menopausal anxieties
- sleep disorders
- emotional exhaustion
So clearly it has a lot of benefits, but in my mind I just love the scent, and now that we also have the new Rose touch I will be layering them on, smelling delightful.
If you are looking to make some blends with the oil itself, one of the most common historical perfumes is a mixture of Neroli, Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon and Rosemary in equal parts, this provides top middle and base notes for a well rounded scent.
The second mix, which is way lighter and sweeter is Neroli, Jazmine, Rose and Sandalwood.
To see the other oils that just came out Check out this video of the 2017 Doterra Convention Kit Unboxing
For the sake of ease, mostly of my mind so that I don’t have to remember proper Chicago style citing, all citations are in the form of an affiliate link that will show you which book it is. (call me lazy, I don’t mind). Also please note that I am not a medical professional and this information is not meant to treat or cure anything. Talk to your Dr. for that.