Common Name: Neroli
Latin Binomial: Citrus aurantium var. amara
Other Common Names: Orange blossom
Production Method: Steam Distilled
Countries of Origin: Tunisia
Description of Oil: pale yellow, tends to become darker and more viscous with age, a light, refreshing floral, sweet and haunting
Description of Plant: An evergreen tree with long but not very sharp spines and very fragrant flowers.
History, Folklore and Myth: The name is said to originate from an Italian princess, Countess of Neroli, who used the oil as a perfume and to scent her gloves and bathwater. A very expensive oil – it takes a great mass of flowers to make a thimbleful of oil.
Properties and Uses: antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, nervine, vulnerary
Precautions and Contraindications: none known
Other Interesting Information: One ton of flowers will yield approximately 1 kg of essential oil.
Citrus aurantium var. amara