Name : Neroli (Orange Blossom)
Method : Steam distillation
Note Classification : Base
Scent : Sweet, floral with citrus top note.
Colour : Pale yellow
Species : Citrus aurantium var. amara. Family Rutaceae. The oil is distilled from bitter orange rather than Citrus sirensis ( sweet orange ) which is not as potent
Extracted From : Freshly picked flowers
By-products : A concrete and absolute are also produced by solvent extraction. Orange flower water is produced during steam distillation
Historical : Orange flowers have been used in bridal bouquets for some time. Has been used in Europe as a blood cleanser.
Of Interest :Named after a 16th century princess in Nerola, Italy who wore it as a perfume, in her bath water and on her gloves. Now used in eau de cologne.
Aromatherapy Properties : Scars, stretch marks, thread veins, mature and sensitive skin, wrinkles. Palpitations, poor circulation. Diarrhoea, colic, flatulence, spasm, nervous dyspepsia. Anxiety, bereavement, depression, nervous tension, pmt, shock, stress related conditions.
Blends well with : Chamomile, coriander, geranium, benzion, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, rose, ylang ylang & citrus oils.
Safety Data : non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing, non-phototoxic.