Essential Oil Profile: Neroli, Orange Blossom


Latin Name: Citrus aurantium

Common Name: Neroli, Orange Blossom, Orange Flowers, Neroli Bigarde

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Part: Flower

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle. Element:Fire.

Functional Groups: Alcohol, aldehyde, ester, ketone, sesquiterpene, terpene

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Pitta

Scent: Floral, citrusy, rich, fruity, silky, strong masculine, earthy.

For Skin Type: Normal, dry, sensitive, mature

Cautions: Phototoxic

Physical Uses: High blood pressure, heart palpitations, flatulence, menstrual and stomach cramps, circulation, scars, stretch marks, insomnia.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Depression, stress, tension, anxiety, PMS, soothing, calms nervousness, boost confidence.

Other Uses: Perfumery

Blends Well With: Flower, Peel, Resin, Root, Wood

Possible Substitutions: Petigrain

News You Can Use: Used as a perfume oil and especially in Eau-de-Cologne. In 1680, an Italian princess named Nerole. perfumed her gloves, stationery and clothes with orange blossoms. The scent was known as Nerole’s scent or Neroli.


Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2010.

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, p 61.

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