Neroli Essential Oil from Tunisia
Neroli Essential Oil from Tunisia
Other common names: orange blossom
Latin name: Citrus x aurantium subsp. amara (flos)
Botanical family: Rutaceae
Method of extraction: steam distillation
Plant part used to extract the oil: freshly picked flowers
Cultivation method: conventional
Area of origin: mainly from the Mediterranean and North Africa, neroli oil from Tunisia is the most highly though off. Our oil comes from Tunisia
The tree, known as a bitter orange tree, sour orange tree, Seville orange tree, bigarade orange tree, or marmalade orange tree, is native to southern Vietnam. It is thought that it was introduced to Spain in the 10th century by the Moors.
The term ‘neroli’ refers to the essential oil and aroma of the bitter orange flowers and is said to be derived from French ‘néroli’, from the Italian town Nerola (now part of city of Rome). Marie Anne de La Trémoille (1642 – 1722) princesse des Ursins (Orsini) and princess of Nerola - a French courtier and royal favourite known for her political influence - is thought to have made neroli popular as a fragrance (used in bath and to scent gloves) around 1670.
Biochemical group: alcohol
Main chemical constituents: linalool 45.29%, linalyl acetate 18.08%, β-pinene 6.10%, limonene 5.94%, geranyl acetate 2.78%, neryl acetate 2.14%, α-terpineol 1.48%, myrcene 1.2%, nerol 1.18%, cis-β-ocimene 0.53%, others (please check!)
Colour: pale yellow
Aroma strength: strong
Perfumery note: top/middle
Aroma: intensely floral, citrusy, refreshing and slightly exotic
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:
Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments neroli is associated with the following therapeutic properties: antibacterial, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, cordial, deodorant, digestive, fungicidal, hypnotic (mild), nervine, tonic to the cardiac and circulatory system.
Qualified aromatherapists may use neroli essential oil for common complaints such as:
- Cardiovascular issues, such as palpitations and hypertension
- nervous and emotional issues – regarded as particularly effective sedative and anti-depressant, the oil is commonly used in blends for anxiety, depression and insomnia. It is also recommended for nervous exhaustion and agitation
- digestive system problems rooted in stress – e.g., cramps and spasms, chronic diarrhoea, IBS
- skin care - it is used for all skin types, including dry and sensitive, to assist with repair and to sooth irritation, redness and broken capillaries
How we use it:
Inhalation / Vaporisation:
- Vaporise a couple of drops or use in an aroma inhaler for stress and stress-related issues such as anxiety, nervous tension, stress-relates issues. Try blended with lavender, sweet orange, mandarin, clary sage, petitgrain, geranium or bergamot.
- Vaporising a couple of drops of neroli might also help with depression. Try in combination with a drop of bergamot, lemon, jasmine, fragonia, lavender, sweet orange or ylang-ylang.
- To help assist with hypertension – blend with lavender, sweet marjoram or ylang-ylang – vaporise or use appropriately diluted in massage and bath
- For digestive spasms – try blending with sweet marjoram and sweet orange, dilute appropriately and gently massage over the abdomen
- For skin preparations - try with helichrysum, lavender or chamomiles.
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any contraindications when using Neroli Essential Oil.
Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 'Essential Oil Safety' (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 363]
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.