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Oil Name:Neroli
Parts of plant used:Flower 
Botanical Name:Citrus Aurantium
Aroma:Floral, lingering with citric overtones

Neroli Essential Oil:

Commercially there are several variations of Neroli oils available:
Neroli Bigarade (Neroli oil made from the Bitter Orange tree) regarded as the best this oil predominantly comes from France.
Oil of Portugal (from the Sweet Orange tree) is also well known and highly regarded.
Good quality oils are also made from Lemon and Mandarin trees (see also Lemon and Mandarin Essential Oil).

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Neroli Essential Oil Properties and Uses:

Pre Menstrual StressAntispasmodicDry skin
Stretch marksAntisepticCarminative

Neroli Essential Oil Constituents:

Nerol: A terpene alcohol.

Terpene Alcohol: Valued for their fragrance, gentle reaction on the skin and membranes and healing properties Terpene Alcohols have earned the name of "Friendly Molecules". Alcohols are amongst the strongest antimicrobial compounds in essential oils but lack the irritant properties of other antimicrobial constituents like phenols.


Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.  


Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.


Terpineol: No current data available

Nerolidol: No current data available

Neryl Acetate: No current data available

Indole Alkaloids: This large group of alkaloids has been the source of many of the most potent hallucinogenic drugs and other pharmaceutical drugs. This group of alkaloids contain many poisons including strychnine.

As a rule Indole Alkaloids act on the nervous system, ranging from a strong sedative and tranquilising effect to total paralysis. In many Indole Alkaloids the paralysis can be long lasting and is extreme enough to cause death. A very small variation in dosage of Indole Alkaloids has a very high probability of causing instant death. Many fatalities have been linked to accidental ingestion of herbs containing indole alkaloids and in most cases the amount of herb ingested was very small.


Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.


Camphene: No current data available


Linalyl Acetate: An Ester (see below) Linalyl Acetate is the primary constituent, along with Linalool in Lavender oil, although small amounts are found in other plants.

Esters: Mainly found in small amounts in flowers, Esters are responsible for the characteristic fragrances of the flowers and volatile oils.

Esters are mostly sedative and antispasmodic and generally non-irritant and mild, although some, like Methyl Salicylate, found in wintergreen, are more irritant.


Jasmone: A Menthol Ester

Menthol Esters: Found in mostly in flowers in very small quantities but their distinctive scent plays a large role in the unique aroma of many essential oils. Some menthol Esters like Menthofuran do not have a pleasant odour.

We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb or oil. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb or oil should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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