The oil is obtained from the flowers of the Bitter Orange and Seville Orange plants, also known as Citrus Aurantium Bigaradia. The active principals include linalol, linalyl acetate, limonene, nerol, nerolidol, geranoil, indol, jasmone and anthranilic, enzoic and phenylacetic esters. It was only discovered in the late 17th century and was named after Princess Anna Maria di la Tremoille, Princess of Neroli. It was used against plague and other fevers; drunk as a tisane or the distilled water was rubbed onto their bodies twice a day. It is thick and deep brown in colour. In it’s pure form the perfume isn’t overly nice but once suitably diluted it is absolutely lovely; almost haunting. It is antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac and a gentle sedative. It is used to aid anxiety and as a treatment for shock or hysteria, most notably for insomnia. It stimulates the growth of new, healthy cells and therefore has rejuvenating effects.
Why Tabitha includes it
It can be used on all skin types, but especially dry or sensitive skin. Pure Neroli, also known as orange flower, delivers a sumptuous scent and revitalises the hair and scalp. It also helps brighten hair that has been dulled by over-treatment and stress.