Did you know that there is a magical and sweet oil that has been used throughout history for foods, liquors, perfumes, and to brighten ones mood?
The subtle and captivating scent of Neroli comes from the bitter orange tree. For centuries, it’s been traditionally used to help alleviate stress, helping you to find inner balance and calm.
It’s amazing how the simple smell of something can relax every muscle, calm our nervous systems, and help us unwind after a stressful day, and Neroli does just that.
The scent of Neroli
It has a light-sweet floral fragrance, and has a slight hint of citrus. It’s fantastic when combined with orange blossom and almond notes, and can last all day when worn as a perfume.
Benefits of Neroli
Neroli is full of benefits, too.
It’s one of the few oils in the world to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain, which makes us feel contented and happy.
This means that by wearing this beautiful oil as a scent, you can increase your chances of happiness!
It’s so calming and relaxing, too, that it can be seen to have a mild sedative effect. For this reason, many aromatherapists use it for massages and other holistic treatments.
Because of this peaceful quality, studies have been done on the use of Neroli for helping women through the transitions of life. A 2014 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that the oil made an improvement on menopausal women, and after breathing in neroli for five minutes twice daily for five days, participants had an improved quality of life-related to menopausal symptoms, increased sexual desire, and reduced blood pressure.
There’s also evidence that Neroli can lower blood pressure, as well as reduce the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies.
Where does Neroli come from?
This wonderous oil has an interesting background. The ‘Neroli’ name is said to have originated from the Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille (the Countess of Nerola) who used the oil as a perfume and to scent her bathing water and gloves.
Neroli in food and drink
Neroli is also known as ‘orange blossom’ and it is this sweet taste that is used to flavour many products, like the ‘Corne de gazelle’, a pastry commonly eaten in Morocco. There’s a hint of almond, seasoned with almond flower water, and it’s a truly mouthwatering experience when you take that first bite - a delight to the senses.
Neroli is also rumoured to be one of the ‘secret ingredients’ in Coca-Cola, but the recipe is so top secret that no one will ever know for sure!
In Morocco, they use Neroli oil as part of a ‘white coffee’ - a relaxing blend of boiling water with a spoonful of neroli oil that is a perfect accompaniment to watching the sun go down with a shisha pipe.
Using Neroli is like an elixir for our busy, hectic modern world, and can help provide an oasis of calm, whether we use it as a fragrance, in our foods, as an evening drink or as a sleep aid.
Try the soothing effect of Neroli for yourself