While Neroli essential oil might not be as well known as, say, lavender or peppermint, it has a host of health benefits. Everything from skin health to hair care and anxiety, neroli is a great oil to add to your collection (if you haven’t added it already).
So what is neroli essential oil? For starters, to be produced it takes about 1,000 pounds of handpicked flowers. It’s an intoxicating combination of floral and citrus tones that is pleasing to the nose. But, as is the case with virtually every other essential oil, scent is just a sliver of its overall benefits.
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Other Benefits of Neroli Essential Oil
Before getting down to the specifics on how neroli can heal and improve your skin, it would be good to know some ancillary benefits of the oil. To keep it simple, here are the five most common benefits you might take advantage of:
- Pain & inflammation: Containing biologically active properties, neroli can ease pain and both acute and chronic inflammation.
- Blood pressure: According to a 2012 study by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, neroli oil can help control blood pressure.
- Menopausal symptoms: Inhaling neroli can relieve a variety of menopausal symptoms, boost libido, and curb stress.
- Antimicrobial/antioxidant: Studies show that neroli oil contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that can assist in treating a range of symptoms.
- Stress & anxiety: Neroli can act as an excellent natural remedy for stress. Apply topically or add a few drops to a warm bath and soak that stress away.
Improve Skin and Attack Wrinkles and Stretch Marks
Known as one of the best “skin” oils, neroli can help treat acne, ease wrinkles and stretch marks, and promote smooth, healthier skin. The oil has been used for centuries, some dating it back to the 1600s when Italian aristocrats found its skin healing abilities.
Neroli can improve skin elasticity, regenerate skin cells, and balance oil in the skin. This makes it a highly versatile oil in the area of skin care. And it can address just about all skin types.
Due to its capability of rejuvenating skin at the cellular level, neroli can help address skin conditions that are caused by stress (most notably, acne).
Additionally, its antimicrobial abilities can assist in treating rashes and bacterial skin problems.
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How to Apply Neroli
Applying neroli oil is pretty simple. But there are some techniques that may work better than others. If you want a super easy application, just combine 2 to 3 drops of neroli with your carrier oil. Then massage to the affected area. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to spot check an area of your skin with a high concentration of carrier oil.
For more “specialized” applications, here are a few ideas:
1. Stretch marks
- Add three to four drops of neroli essential oil to a cream or lotion.
- Apply to affected areas to reduce broken capillaries and stretch marks on the skin.
2. Acne treatment
- Take a cotton ball and wet it with water.
- Add a couple drops of neroli and then dab the cotton ball on the area affected by acne.
- Apply daily to clear the blemishes away.
3. Skin regeneration
- Mix two drops of neroli with an unscented face cream.
- Apply daily or twice daily to maintain your skin health.
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