Essential Oil Spotlight: Neroli

Botanical Name: Citrus x aurantium Country of Origin: Egypt

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Flower

Aroma: Sweet, Floral, Herbal, Citrusy Consistency: Thin

Blends Well With: Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang Main Chemical Components: Linalool, Linalyl acetate, Limonene Emotions: The Oil of Shared Purpose and Partnership

I want to share with you one of my favorite smelling essential oils. It doesn't just smell good but has loads of benefits and is one of our newest products at doTERRA. Neroli Touch essential oil is a great one to add to your collection if you haven’t already. Touch means that this highly expensive oil is pre-diluted with fractionated coconut oil so that you can get the most use from this oil and we can sell it to you at a reasonable price. It is steam-distilled from the small white flowers of the bitter orange tree making it part of the same family as Orange and Petitgrain. Neroli oil has a wide variety of uses which means that your whole family can benefit from it.

dōTERRA’s new Neroli Touch essential oil, also known as Citrus x aurantium, is harvested from the flowers of the Bitter Orange tree. These flowers are delicate but provide us with a powerful tool for our homes. Other names that Neroli goes by are Orange Blossom, Bitter Orange, and Sour Orange. Neroli has a strong sweet, floral, citrusy aroma presenting a middle fragrance note. This is one of my favorites to wear in the spring time for a natural perfume. It works as a natural deodorant and can be used on dehydrated or sensitive skin.

Neroli was introduced into Egypt by the Arabs in 642 AD. Egyptian Neroli remains virtually untouched today, unlike most orange trees across the world that have been altered by mix breeding. At the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, Duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, Italy, was said to be so fascinated with orange flower essence that she would bathe in it. She spread the practice to those around her, thus giving her name to the orange flower essence: Neroli.

The Bitter Orange Tree is able to produce three different oils. Neroli comes from the flower of the tree. Petitgrain comes from the leaf and twig of the tree. Lastly, orange comes from the rind of the orange fruit. Producers can only choose one oil to cultivate because harvesting one will make it impossible for the other parts of the tree to mature. Therefore, doTERRRA sources their Neroli from Egypt while getting Petitgrain from Paraguay. However, doTERRA Wild Orange is sourced from the sweet orange fruit and not from the Bitter Orange Tree. The Neroli flower only has a small window for harvest—from mid-March to the end of April. These flowers are not picked by machines, but rather by hand, one by one. This goes to show how much time and effort goes into producing this beautiful oil. Each individual flower is not only changing the lives of those using them, but changing the lives of those harvesting them. Learn more about doTERRA's Co-Impacting Sourcing HERE.

According to research, Neroli instills relaxation, uplifts mood, reduces feelings of anxiousness, and promotes overall well-being. It helps to calm the mind and spirit while bringing inner strength and peace. Applied topically, Neroli can be used to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes. It's been known to improve women's monthly discomforts and other minor pain.

The physical benefits are numerous, way too many to discuss every one in this spotlight. Essential oils not only have physical benefits, but have emotional and spiritual ones, as well. Neroli is a unifying and stabilizing oil. It assists in growing sexual intimacy between individuals by developing traits of patience, forgiveness, and reveals deeper connections to promote fidelity. It encourages individuals to reach beyond emotional barriers and nurture sexual unity by promoting adaptation, cooperation, tolerance, perseverance, and kindness. Use Neroli to clear these negative emotions: conflicted, restless, impatient, bitter, frustrated, unsympathetic, disloyal, dispassionate, sexual inhibition, aloof, unkind, stagnant, blaming, escapism. (Emotions and Essential Oils)

Neroli is good for aromatic and topical use. Here's a few examples on how to use doTERRA's Neroli Touch.

Physical Uses

  • Apply topically to your skin – for occasional irritations or as part of your daily essential oil routine.

  • Use with Lavender and Ylang Ylang and a little bit of coconut oil for a relaxing massage (husbands you want your wife to get Neroli *wink*).

  • Apply to joints and muscles to help ease tension.

  • Use after a long day and your body feels tired.

  • Apply to your temples and the back of your neck along your hairline for occasional head tension.

  • Oil for Women – Use this oil, no matter your age and stage of life, to support you and your feminine physical needs. It can help you through your monthly cycle and more.

Emotional Uses

  • Use topically and aromatically to help ease anxious feelings.

  • Apply to promote a positive mood.

  • Use when you feel unstable and unsupported – particularly when it applies to your relationship with others (especially your spouse). Neroli not only helps promote unity physically but also emotionally and spiritually.

  • Use Neroli as part of a personal acceptance routine. Apply to your temples, wrists, and back of neck. Breathe deeply and tell yourself that you love YOU because you are beautiful just the way you are – you are a beautiful daughter/son of God.

To purchase your own Neroli Touch, visit my doTERRA website at Want to know more about this amazing essential oil? Check out the Spotlight on Studies done on Neroli from PubMed:

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