Citrus aurantium subsp. amara or Bigaradia, simply called bitter orange tree, is the plant from which the uber beneficial Neroli essential oil is extracted. Neroli smells like sweet honey. Orange blossom is also extracted from the same tree, but it has a sweeter and floral smell than Neroli. The Neroli scent is due to the process of its extraction. A process called steam distillation is used to extract Neroli essential oil from the bitter orange tree, whereas a solvent extraction process is used to extract the orange blossom. Although the perfume industry uses both the extracts in making scented products, orange blossom is the preferred extract from the bitter orange tree. However, Neroli essential oil has comparatively more health benefits.
This tree is native to Morocco and Tunisia. However, it is Duchess Anne Marie Orsini of Nerola, Italy, who is credited to making this oil popular by adding it to her bath to get its unique scent. And, hence it got the name Neroli.
Neroli oil benefits are due to the presence of several active ingredients and compounds in the oil. The most prevalent ingredients are linalool, linalyl acetate, nerolidol, (E, E)-farnesol, alpha-terpineol and limonene. The health benefits of Neroli essential oil attributed to the presence of these ingredients are as follows: – antioxidant, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, diuretic, cicatrizant, antiseptic, emollient and others.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of Neroli essential oil available at GyaLabs.
What is Neroli essential oil good for?
It’s effective against depression: The lockdown imposed during the pandemic has thrown light on mental health disorders (again), namely depression. It is a mental condition often neglected and seldom mentioned. But, it eats up a person inside. According to experts, there are several ways to tackle the symptoms of depression and to mitigate the symptoms, and the use of Neroli essential oil complements all of the treatments and efforts amazingly. Neroli essential oil should be used in aromatherapy regularly for a period of two to three months to tackle the symptoms of depression. Neroli essential oil blends with several other oils to give a pleasant fragrance, which too can be used in aromatherapy. Many times inhaling the same scent can get tedious; hence Neroli diffuser blends are the best way to keep things interesting. One of the problems faced by those suffering depression or stress is the lack of sleep, which aggravates the problems. The sedative property of Neroli ensures sound sleep, which calms the nerves and mind. This helps in controlling anger issues, anxiety and stress. In this state it also sedates the metabolic rate of the body, which then takes care of inflammation and irritations.
It can give aphrodisiacal benefits: The evidence for this property of Neroli essential oil is anecdotal and more research is needed in this area. But, commonsense dictates that good food, good ambience and good scent are needed to set a romantic tone. And following from the previous point, Neroli oil calms the nerves and puts a person at ease. This property is imperative for those suffering from loss of libido and performance anxiety.
Neroli essential oil benefits for skin: This oil is excellent in removing / fading any blemishes on the skin due to allergies, injuries or acne. Some face creams and herbal ointments use Neroli as an ingredient to improve the efficacy of its products. It is useful as a moisturizer as well, thus maintaining the right oil balance in the skin. It removes any harmful bacteria from the skin and gives it a shine. This oil can also be taken internally. Its antioxidative properties will remove free radicals and promote the regeneration of damaged cells. Cytophylaxis is another property of this oil, which means that it protects the cells from damage and regenerates the ones that were already damaged. Both these properties ensure that the skin retains its elasticity.
It prevents tetanus and infection: Physical injuries, when left untreated, can result in it getting septic and then developing tetanus. Cleaning the injury and applying Neroli oil around the area of the wound disinfects the region and prevents it from getting infected. The antibacterial property of the oil eliminates the bacteria and protects the body from illnesses such as typhoid and skin infections. It also prevents cases of food poisoning. The oil can also be taken internally to lower the infections in the colon and kidneys. It is also effective in mitigating the symptoms of urinary tract infections.
For a warm feeling: Neroli oil is especially useful during cold weather when people are afflicted with common cold and flu. This oil prevents phlegm and mucus formation in the throat and nasal cavity due to cold. It opens the respiratory airways, thus allowing proper breathing during the cold winter nights.
Neroli oil for digestion: Appetite is determined by a lot of factors. One of the factors that affect appetite is the buildup of gas in the stomach. Flatulence can cause stomach aches as well. The carminative property (ability to relieve gas from the stomach) of Neroli oil removes gas from the stomach and boosts digestion. It removes any inflammation caused due to flatulence and improves appetite. As mentioned above, one of the properties of Neroli GyaLabs is antispasmodic. It often prevents spasms in the bladder and stomach. This property is also responsible for relaxing the muscles. It is hence used in weight loss diets. A drop of consumable Neroli can be added to the food, not only for good digestion, but also for its fragrance and flavor.
Neroli as a general tonic: Certain bottles of Neroli oil can be used as a tonic to boost the overall health of the body. It is especially useful in boosting immunity, respiratory health and digestion.
Neroli Gyalabs to odorize: The scent of Neroli is like sweet honey. It is used not only in perfumes but also as a room freshener in homes, hotels and offices. And since it is a disinfectant, it can also be used as a cleaning agent as well.
GyaLabs Neroli essential oil blends well with other oils including lavender, Clary sage, rosemary and sandalwood. It goes especially well with citrus scented oils.