The Benefits of Neroli
Prized for its therapeutic and natural healing properties, neroli is a product of the bitter orange tree. Neroli is a type of essential oil or, since it is the product of a flower, it is what would more specifically be known as a hydrosol or floral water.
With neroli hydrosol, you have a product that is popular for use in aromatherapy, and it has a range of properties that can make it good for an array of health concerns. It has variety of different uses, and it has been shown to be good for stress relief, cardiovascular health and it can be great for a range of skincare applications.
What is Neroli?
Neroli is an extract that comes from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree. While this tree is native to tropical regions in Asia and East Africa, it is currently cultivated in a number of countries throughout the world.
It requires the harvest from several bitter orange trees to produce the neroli extract. Each tree produces an average of about 60-lbs of the flowers, and it requires about 1,000-lbs to produce a single pound of the hydrosol.
The neroli hydrosol is obtained by steam distilling the flowers from the tree. Since the blossoms from the bitter orange tree dry out quickly after they are picked, it is important for the process of distillation to begin soon after the flowers are harvested.
Benefits of Neroli
This extract has a wide range of applications that can be good for a variety of different issues. Its scent has made it popular for use in perfumes and cosmetics, but research has also shown that its use can come with benefits that go beyond just having a nice smell.
It Reduces Stress and Relieves Symptoms of Menopause
Neroli is commonly used in aromatherapy to reduce stress. It has shown great results for thousands of individuals, and it works well as an intervention for moments of high stress and anxiety. Beyond the anecdotal evidence, research has been done to investigate the use of neroli for treating the symptoms of menopause.
A study from Korea in 2014[i] had post-menopausal women inhale the neroli oil for five minutes on a twice-daily schedule. When compared to the control group, the women who inhaled the neroli showed lower diastolic blood pressure levels, and improvements in serum cortisol, pulse rate and estrogen concentrations. The conclusion of the research showed improvements to menopausal symptoms, reduced blood pressure, increased sexual desire and that neroli could be effective for relieving stress.
Great for Skincare
Neroli can also be great as a beauty product. Compounds in neroli can help the body to regenerate skin cells, and it is also good for improving and maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Along with that, the oil is also good for maintain the correct levels of moisture and oils in the skin. This makes neroli good for things like scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
Along with its capabilities for healing and rejuvenating skin, it also has anti-microbial properties that can make it good for treating skin conditions that are the result of various types of infection.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Neroli may also have positive benefits for people with high blood pressure. A number of studies have shown that inhaling various essential oils can assist in reducing the blood pressure levels in patients.
One study that was published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine[ii] investigated the effects of essential oils on the ambulatory blood pressure levels and the levels of salivary cortisol is patients that are either pre-hypertensive or hypertensive.
In the study, patients were asked to inhale a mixture of essential oils that included neroli, and the results were compared against a control group that received no treatment, and a group that received a placebo treatment. When compared to the placebo group and the control group, the group that inhaled the mixture containing neroli showed lower ambulatory blood pressure levels, and lower concentrations of salivary cortisol.
It has also been shown that neroli hydrosol can be good for providing relief from pain and inflammation. While the exact components that help to achieve this effect have yet to be identified, early studies[iii] have shown that it can work for treating both acute and chronic inflammation, and that it may reduce sensitivity to pain.
One of the most popular uses of neroli is as an anti-bacterial. It can be good for treating small cuts, and it can even work to clean surfaces and remove bacteria from the air. One study from 2012[iv] tested the effects of neroli on microbial life, and the results showed that it can be effective at neutralizing various forms of bacteria, fungi and yeast.
New research has shown that neroli could offer promising results for the management of seizures. The research is still early, but a study from 2014[v] suggests that neroli contains biologically active constituents that can provide an anticonvulsant effect.
A product like Neroli Hydrosol offers a vast array of health benefits, and with more research coming out, it is likely that more uses for this essential oil will be found. It is a safe, natural treatment that can be good for a range of aromatherapy applications, and it can also work for skincare and inflammation.
[i] Seo Yeon Choi, “Effects of Inhalation of Essential Oil of Citrus aurantium L. var. amara on Menopausal Symptoms, Stress, and Estrogen in Postmenopausal Women,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2014)
[ii] In-Hee Kim, “Essential oil inhalation on blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels in prehypertensive and hypertensive subjects,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012)
[iii] Pariya Khodabakhsh, “Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of Citrus aurantium L. blossoms essential oil (neroli),” Journal of Natural Medicines, Vol. 69 (2015)
[iv] A. Haj Ammar, “Chemical composition and in vitro antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of Citrus aurantium l. flowers essential oil (Neroli oil),” Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, (2012)
[v] Taravat Azanchi, “Anticonvulsant activity of Citrus aurantium blossom essential oil (neroli),” Natural Product Communications, (2014)