Orange Blossom

Origins of Orange Blossom

Orange blossom essential oil, also known as neroli, is extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, Citrus aurantium. Sharing similar therapeutic, medicinal, and household uses with lemon essential oil, it is distinguished by its sweet, citrusy fragrance.

Historical Background and Lore

Historically utilized by the ancient Egyptians for healing and ceremonial purposes, orange blossom oil gained prominence in Europe thanks to Marie Anne de la Trémoille, a princess from Nerola, Italy. Her fondness for the fragrance led to the oil being named ‘neroli’. It is also rumored to be a secret ingredient in the Coca-Cola soft drink formula.

Therapeutic Uses of Orange Blossom Essential Oil

Health Benefits

Orange blossom oil is beneficial for the digestive and nervous systems and is effective in skin care. When applied to the abdomen, it alleviates indigestion, and when massaged into dry skin, it hydrates and rejuvenates. It’s an effective remedy for insomnia or disrupted sleep and can also alleviate depression and anxiety when inhaled.

Personal and Spiritual Growth

Neroli oil is a potent tool for fostering happiness and revitalizing the spirit. It activates the sacral chakra, enhancing confidence and self-worth. The oil helps release insecurities, promoting inner peace and harmony. It encourages mindfulness and harnessing personal power to fulfill desires. Adding this oil to bathwater can enhance the experience of relaxation and emotional balance.