Floracopeia’s David Crow explains the therapeutic benefits of Moroccan Neroli Oil (Bitter Orange flowers). He shares the story of sourcing Floracopeia’s Neroli Oil, his views on the superiority of this particular plant, and the mood-enhancing properties of the oil.
Light, delicate and sweet, Floracopeia’s Moroccan Neroli essential oil is accented with green notes of fresh citrus. The distillation is refreshing and complex. Neroli is renowned for its ability to enhance sensual and euphoric moods. This pure neroli oil, steam-distilled from freshly hand-picked organic orange blossoms grown in Morocco, is one of the finest neroli essential oils available.
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Neroli’s settling and uplifting qualities, make it a soothing balm to both body and mind. For women, it promotes a balanced monthly cycle, when topically applied over the abdomen. Much like the equally precious helichrysum flower, neroli essential oil’s distinctive action of supporting cell growth makes it an ideal component of any skin care formulation designed to assist rejuvenation and regeneration of aging or scarred tissue. Employed in direct inhalation, neroli can encourage digestive ease. Similarly, the heart may be soothed, settled and strengthened by the use of neroli oil.
This same settling effect of neroli renders it useful, especially when combined with citrus oils, to uplift and inspire, reduce stress, calm the heart and spirit, and stabilize feelings of shock and trauma. A tonic and restorative to the brain, neroli is believed to be a mood lifter and to have the ability to bring strength to a grieving heart. Neroli can support feelings of calm and well being, and promote deep, restful sleep. A well-known oil used to inspire sensual moods, neroli can be used in a bath and diluted in a carrier oil to anoint a loved one.
Neroli comes from the bitter orange tree, whose blossoms are picked and must immediately be put to distillation to avoid decay due to the delicacy of the flowers. Typically the blossoms are distilled first, producing neroli essential oil. The water soluble component is bottled as orange blossom water. Next follows distillation of the leaves, resulting in petitgrain oil. The rind of the fruit, at maturity, is expeller pressed to produce bitter orange oil. One hundred kilograms of flowers produces a maximum of 1,000 grams (one kilo) of neroli oil, making it a very precious and costly oil. Owing to its high cost, neroli oil is very commonly adulterated, either with petitgrain or synthetics, which compromises both the therapeutic qualities and aromatic profile.
Neroli oil is used in expensive colognes and perfumes, and was given its name after the Countess of Nerola, an Italian Princess from the 17th century who used it to perfume her gloves and bathwater. The history of the tree itself, however, predates this association, as Arab conquerors are known to have been cultivating the plant in the 10th and 11th centuries. One study sites that the inhalation of neroli oil has sedative effects on mice, which is greatest during first 30 min of inhalation.
David Crow on Neroli: “Neroli is the fragrance of orange trees blossoming under the Moroccan and Tunisian sun. It is the fragrance that greets farmers as they begin another spring day of harvesting, gently plucking the tiny golden gems that shine from inside green citrus foliage. Many factors will influence the quality of the neroli oil: each blossom must be plucked when it is just starting to open; the buds must be gathered only on warm sunny days; the flowers cannot be bruised; leaflets and petioles must not be mixed in. By the end of the day, the clothing and weather-aged hands of the dark-skinned harvesters will be saturated with an intoxicating aroma desired by queens and empresses, sheiks and maharajas.”
Floracopeia was established to help preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to the widespread ecological destruction taking place in the world, and the loss of medicinal plants on which traditional medical systems depend. We provide our customers with the highest quality essential oils and other botanical aromatic treasures through the promotion of ecological sustainability, organic agriculture, and agro-forestry projects.