Stress is a big problem in the lives of millions of people all over the world. Luckily, one of the most pleasant ways of eliminating its effects is the use of Orange Blossom essential oil. Aromatherapy has become quite popular over the years, and it is so for a very good reason.
You are here because you want to deal with the stress in your life in a non-invasive and pleasant way. The scent alone of the orange blossom will instantly make you feel better. But there’s more to it than a simple pleasant smell. There’s an entire chemistry behind it and I will tell you more about how it all works in the following chapter.
You’re about to discover how to use Neroli essential oil (orange blossom) in many emotional situations. Some of them are anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness. Find out how to improve the quality of your life simply by inhaling or massaging a few drops of Orange Blossom essential oil into your skin.
The last part of this post will reveal more about this beloved flower. It is one of the most expensive essential oils right now. Because of that many producers will often spoil it with other essences. I’ll tell you more about how to make sure you get a good quality product.
Did You Know?
- It was in the 17th century when the Neroli term first appeared. The duchess of Bracciano and princess of a province near Italy called Nerola, liked to perfume her gloves with an orange blossom perfume. Because she was the first to wear this scent, people would refer to orange blossoms as Neroli.
Orange Blossom Essential Oil Uses and Applications in Emotional Situations, Plus Blends
Botanical name: Citrus aurantium var. amara (Bigaradia)
Texture: light oil.
Aroma and Color: Refreshing, floral, sweet and citrusy with a pale yellow – amber color.
Neroli and Orange Blossom oils are one and the same. The essential oil is extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree by steam distillation.
This oil contains:
- Linalool (28 – 45%) – it is responsible for the oil’s antimicrobial and antiseptic effects. It is also tonic for the mind and body.
- Monoterpenes: limonene and pinene (15 – 40%) – These compounds can act as decongestants, stimulants and anti-tumor agents.
- Linalyl acetate (19%) – this compound in combination with linalool work as proven anti-inflammatory agents.
- Nerolidol (3 – 9%) – is a very good antibacterial and antioxidant. It can also protect against fungi and parasites. It also enhances the skin penetration of all the other compounds.
All these chemical compounds work in a complex synergy. This means they all work together to deliver some of the best properties and benefits to the skin. But their action doesn’t stop at topical applications.
Aromatherapy is the use of volatile essential oils, first by inhalation. That’s why it’s called aroma therapy. Orange Blossom essential oil is volatile by nature, which means it will evaporate fast. That also means it can travel extremely fast to the brain and reach the blood a lot faster than local applications.
Because of its high content of monoterpenes and linalool, this oil is one of the best to gain mental balance. After inhalation, the scent will warm your senses and envelop your body and mind in a feeling of well-being.
But how exactly does it do all that?
The passage to the brain is the nose. Inside the nose there are countless receptor cells that transmit biological signals to the brain. The complex molecules in an essential oil are very similar to hormones. When these molecules reach the receptor cells in the nose, this one sends signals to the brain.
Those signals reach the hypothalamus and the limbic regions of the brain. Once it reaches those parts of the brain via the olfactory bulb, the signals will cause the release of neurotransmitters.
These neurotransmitters can be anything from noradrenaline and dopamine, to endorphin and serotonin. They’re all positive signals that relieve from stress symptoms and anxiety.
Inhaling Orange Blossom essential oil (Neroli) will lead to an enhanced emotional well-being and relaxation. You can be calmer and deal with any situation a lot better this way.
Now let’s see how to use our oil to better manage the stress and anxiety in your life.
The oil of Neroli has mild sedative and hypnotic effects too. This makes it very good at soothing those dark thoughts and brings back the inner peace and balance. The amazing scent of this essence will envelop your mind and quiet down body spasms with its antispasmodic qualities.
The best way to use it for this specific purpose is to diffuse 3 drops of Orange Blossom aromatic essence. You can diffuse it up to 50 continuous minutes. Just make sure your room is well ventilated, otherwise you may risk headaches.
Neroli has a strong scent! You can also mix it with a drop or two of Sandalwood or Frankincense essential oils. These last two are known to put a person in a meditative state.
Unfortunately, women have to deal with this particular condition every month before their period. It’s neither fun nor easy to manage, but Orange Blossom essential oil can help ease those mood swings.
You can make a blend out of:
- Neroli EO: 6 drops
- Lavender EO: 6 drops
- Sweet Orange EO: 6 drops
- Sweet Almond carrier: 1 Oz (30 ml)
Keep it stored in a roll-on bottle and shake well before using it. Apply a moderate quantity on the abdomen area and massage gently, with clockwise movements. This will also help improve your digestion, and calm down those crazy hormones. It will, of course, cause the brain to release good chemicals and make you feel better.
Nervousness and Restlessness
There are quite a lot of moments in life when one can get nervous or restless. You may feel like pacing the floor up and down. Or maybe you feel like chewing your nails while waiting for things to happen. If that happens, you can inhale some Neroli for 5 – 10 minutes and sit still for a while.
You’ll feel your body relax and become warmer. The tranquilizing effects of Neroli and its beautiful scent hold a great power over the nervous system.
Here’s a simple blend recipe to diffuse or massage the skin with:
- Neroli EO: 4 drops
- Roman Chamomile: 2 drops
Mix these quantities and diffuse half of it for 20 – 30 minutes/ hour, in a well-ventilated room. Add the same quantity to an ounce of neutral carrier oil. You can then massage the blend onto your temples, wrists or neckline (pulse points). That way you’ll inhale the mixture for a long time and you’ll become calmer by the minute.
Anxiety is a serious condition and it may vary in intensity and frequency. Because of that, some Swiss specialists recommend anxious people to diffuse a scent they love in their most peaceful moments.
In our case, Orange Blossom essential oil is more than qualified for this task. This way, an anxious brain will come to associate a specific scent with peace and relaxation when the anxiety strikes.
A very good blend for anxiety may be made from:
- Neroli: 5 drops
- Lavender: 2 drops
- Chamomile: 2 drops
- Rose Otto: 4 drops
Mix these quantities, or double them if you want, and store it in a dark glass bottle. Pour 4 – 5 drops of this mixture into your essential oils diffuser and keep it on for 20 – 30 minutes/hour.
You can also add 6 – 12 drops of this mixture into an ounce of carrier and keep it with you all the time. Use it on pulse points and inhale deeply.
Difficulty Falling Asleep
If you’re an emotional type of person then you know how it is to sometimes not be able to fall asleep right away. Remember that Neroli essence has mild hypnotic and sedative properties. They can help calm down the mind and body and induce a restful night’s sleep.
You could pour a drop or two in some warm milk and drink before bedtime. Or you can simply massage a simple blend on the temples and nape of the neck for long-lasting effect.
There probably isn’t a person on this planet who hasn’t felt the negative effects of stress. Every now and then, a little stress is good for our health. But too much (and constant) stress can lead to serious health problems.
Make Neroli your go-to ingredient on a daily basis and allow yourself a few moments of relaxation through inhalation. It will banish all the tension in your muscles.
Apply and massage a few diluted drops on your solar plexus, back of the neck and temples every day. Don’t forget to inhale deeply and enjoy the amazing aroma of Neroli essential oil.
This condition is quite common among emotional people. Whenever something out of the ordinary happens, you may experience a rapid heartbeat. This usually leads to an increased blood pressure. Studies have shown that less than 60 minutes inhalations/day can actually lower the blood pressure. Therefore, it can also relax and reduce body spasms.
Again, inhale as deeply as possible, for at least 5 minutes from a few drops of Orange Blossom essential oil. You can use your cupped hands for unexpected situations. Or, you can make yourself a blend and keep it in your purse.
Did You Know?
- Today, orange blossoms signify purity and good fortune. They’re often worn in bridal headdresses. But that’s actually ironic because, a few hundred years ago, the orange blossom perfume was used only by the prostitutes of ancient Madrid. That way, it was easier for men to recognize them.
More Interesting Facts about Neroli Essential Oil
After its practical uses for so many emotional conditions, we can now move on to even more interesting facts about the oil of Neroli.
The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the sensible flowers of the bitter orange tree. This tree yields 3 different types of essential oils:
- Neroli or Orange Blossom essential oil from the flowers.
- Bitter Orange essential oil extracted from the peel of the nearly ripe oranges.
- Petitgrain essential oil extracted from the leaves.
They’re all very different essences and they have different properties and uses too. But, they do share a few common chemical compounds. The one thing that sets them apart is the percentage of each compound found in each type of oil. The soil and weather conditions may also influence the quality of these essential oils.
For example, a Neroli essence from Africa will always be different than another from Asia. Some of the best oil producers are located in Tunisia, Sicily and France. But Egypt exports good quality Neroli essential oil too.
Today, the bitter orange tree can be found in California and Florida, and the Mediterranean area. But the tree comes from tropical Asian regions and eastern Africa.
For the extraction of 1 liter of Orange Blossom essential oil there’s a need of a ton of flowers! That is a very concentrated essence right there.
But it is also demanding and its extraction is a very laborious process. The orange blossoms need to be handpicked at the right time. They must also be handled with the greatest care and not bruised to ensure a good quality essential oil.
Because of all the effort and plant material needed for the extraction of this oil, its price is very high! Neroli is among the most expensive natural oils. Unfortunately, only around 2 tons of Neroli aromatic essence is produced on annual basis, worldwide! That doesn’t even cover half of the demand.
Unfortunately, many essential oil distributors spoil the Orange Blossom essential oil with Petitgrain oil. If you don’t trust your suppliers or you’re not sure, don’t buy from them! Check out these tips on how to choose a good quality essential oil!
A not so ideal, but at least recommendable type of Neroli oil is the one diluted with Jojoba oil. That is a basic blend, which will be cheaper and ready to use on skin as it is. Of course, you can also add other essential oils you like to make more potent blends if you like.
How to know when your Orange Blossom essence goes bad:
- It’ll simply turn reddish-brown after a while of being exposed to air or light for too long. Keep it well capped and inside a cupboard or somewhere dark and dry.
Before concluding the article, here are a few safety words about Orange Blossom essential oil:
- First of all, you must always test it for allergies or adverse skin reactions. Pour a diluted drop on the soft inside of your arm and wait at least half an hour.
- Do not use it on anyone else without this skin patch test.
- Always dilute this concentrated essence. It’ll prevent skin irritation or sensitization and it will also last a longer time.
- Use the oil for short periods of time (1 – 2 weeks). You should take a break of another 1 – 2 weeks before using it again. You could use another essential oil with similar properties in the meantime.
- Don’t use it in the first 3 months of pregnancy. If you’re nursing, please seek medical advice first.
- Make sure you don’t go out in the sun for long periods of time after applying Neroli oil on the skin. It can cause the skin to react badly to UV rays because of its photosensitivity action.
Used in moderate doses and in combination with other similar essences, the oil of Orange Blossoms can do a lot of good.
Whenever you feel down, stressed or you simply need a boost to start your day, try inhaling some Neroli. It is expensive indeed, but the good part is that you don’t have to use too much. It has a strong aroma, but it can be mixed with many other lovely citrus essences for really beautiful blends.
Have you tried the essence of Neroli yet? What did you think about it? I’d be happy to read all your experiences with this lovely aromatic essence.