Neroli essential oilEssential Oils for skincare

About Neroli Bigarade

INCI name
Citrus aurantium amara flower oil
Essential oil name
Neroli essential oil
Origin
Tunisia, Egypt
Part used
Flower
Scent
Refreshing, spicy, sweet, floral
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Production
Between 0,5 and 1 ml of Neroli essential oil per KG*
*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Bitter orange, Seville orange, Sour orange, Bigarade orange
Latin name
Citrus aurantium
Botanical family
Rutaceae
Plant detail
The tree can reach around 5 to 7 meters high and its leaves are green all year around
Flowering period
April-June

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Find out why Neroli Essential Oil (also known as Neroli Bigarade Essential Oil or Bitter Orange Essential Oil) is so essential, and learn how to incorporate this wonder oil of aromatherapy into your daily ritual for ultimate skin hydration, glow and even mood improvement.

Benefits of Neroli Essential Oil

1. Rejuvenate your skin

When applied on the skin, Neroli Essential Oil intensely moisturises the skin and boosts the natural process of cell regeneration.

To maximise this effect, look to other Essential Oils such as Green Mandarin Essential Oil for a deep targeting of wrinkles and fine lines.

2. Combat acne

Neroli Essential Oil has powerful antibacterial properties, which makes it a prime ingredient to target breakouts and balance the sebum production. Rich in antioxidants, it combats free radicals, which can soothe acne-induced inflammation and redness.

If you are really looking to eliminate skin imperfections, you can also look to Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil.

3. Get a better night’s sleep

Thanks to its calming effects, Bitter Orange Essential Oil can help you achieve a better night’s sleep.

Dr Couic Marinier says: “Upon prescribing a patient who had suffered from insomnia for 10 years with Neroli oil, after only two nights, the Neroli oil worked where all other medications had failed, allowing her to sleep deeply and peacefully throughout the night”.

4. Treat stress, depression and anxiety

Neroli Essential oil is also a natural remedy for anxiety, depression and stress. Inhale the powerful scent and breathe in deeply to instantly relax your mind.

5. Manage pain and inflammation

When applied topically Neroli Essential Oil has active ingredients that have the ability to target acute inflammation and reduce sensitivity to pain.

What is Neroli Essential Oil used for ?

Hydrate

Neroli Essential Oil is a hydration powerhouse, with an incredible ability to soften, replenish and lock in moisture. Applied topically, this bitter orange oil will provide your skin with a protective barrier to ensure that your complexion remains radiant and dewy all day long.

Revive

Bitter Orange Essential Oil’s powerful skin-reviving properties can help accelerate your complexion to the picture of radiant health. It stimulates cell regeneration, to heal the skin.

Purify

With its antibacterial properties, Neroli Essential Oil is the ultimate cleanser thanks to its purifying citrus elements. However, unlike other citrus Essential Oils like lemon oil or sweet orange oil , it is not phototoxic so doesn’t increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is therefore the perfect ingredient to rejuvenate your skin all year round!

Where does Neroli Essential Oil come from ?

Sourced from the orange tree in the fruitful climate of the Mediterranean and Africa comes the hero ingredient: Neroli Essential Oil, also known as Bitter Orange Essential Oil. This powerful and curative oil has been used for centuries to heal the body and the mind.

History of Neroli Essential Oil

The tale of Princess Nerola

Neroli essential oil has a strong heritage; dating back as far as the 17th century, where it was adored by Italian aristocrats. The Duchess of Bracciano was famed for her use of the Bitter Orange Essential Oil, infusing her gloves with its aroma and adding a few drops to her bath – she loved it so much that she was hailed as ‘Princess Nerola’.

The oil of romance

Neroli Essential Oil has long been used in weddings because of both its calming properties and its aphrodisiac effects.

Speed is of the essence

Small, white and beautiful to look at, the delicate Neroli flowers are hand-picked and distilled through low-pressure steam; however, it is imperative to move quickly as the petals quickly lose their famous fragrance.

Facts about Neroli Essential Oil

#1

A tricky plant

The production of this Bitter Orange Essential Oil is highly time and labour consuming. Neroli oil is not only highly coveted, but also very rare and hard to make.

Dr Couic Marinier says: “1 ton of the plant is required to produce only 1 kilogram of Neroli Essential Oil”.

#2

Boost your immune system

Neroli Essential Oil can boost your immune system to protect you from cold-induced coughs and fevers.

#3

The secret ingredient

Neroli Bigarade can also be added to food products to improve the nutritional value.

Dr Couic Marinier says: “Neroli oil is even added to Coca Cola’s famously secret recipe”.

Neroli Essential Oil.

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