Essential Oil Spotlight: Neroli

Neroli (Citrus aurantium) essential oil is extracted from flowers of the bitter orange tree. Its scent is somewhat floral with citrus undertones. It smells sweet, delicate, and slightly bitter at the same time.

The orange flower was named after the princess Anne-Marie, countess of Neroli, who used it to perfume her bath water. It is now considered one of the finest perfumery ingredients and is particularly important in eau-de-cologne toilet water. The flowers were once popularly used in bridal bouquets to symbolize innocence and fertility.

Some properties of this oil include antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, deodorant, sedative, and tonic.

Historically, neroli has been regarded by the Egyptian people for its great attributes of healing the mind, body, and spirit. It brings everything into the focus of one and at the moment.

Today, neroli essential oil is commonly used for anxiety, emotional balance, relaxing, sensitive skin, and stress. It may also support the digestive system and may help inhibit bacterial infections, parasites, and viruses. Other possible uses include insomnia, menopause, PMS, stress-related conditions, and skin conditions.

The body systems affected by neroli essential oil include the digestive system and skin.

Applications of Neroli Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Neroli essential oil can be used neat (with no dilution). Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of neroli has some powerfully soothing psychological effects. It is calming and relaxing to the body and spirit. It may also help to strengthen and stabilize the emotions and bring relief to seemingly hopeless situations. It encourages confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality.
Internal Application: Neroli essential oil can be taken internally. Try diluting 1 drop of neroli essential oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or 4 oz. (125 ml) of beverage (such as non-dairy milk). It is not to be used for children under 6 years of age and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.
Safety Note: Consult with a physician before using if pregnant or being treated for a medical condition.

5 Ways to Use Neroli Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Here are a few great diffuser blends to help you calm down when stressed, anxious, or needing to sleep:

2. Use in a Massage Oil
Neroli essential oil is very calming to the body and mind. When you get feeling too stressed or anxious, try massaging one of these blends into your tense muscles.

Relaxing Massage Blend:
3 drops neroli
3 drops petitgrain
3 drops marjoram
1 drop spikenard
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) carrier oil
Calming
Massage Blend:

6 drops petitgrain
5 drops orange
4 drops neroli
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) carrier oil

Common carrier oils to use for massage include Fractionated Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil.

3. Roll on for quick help in calming down or soothing digestive pains.
Stress and anxiety follow us wherever we go, so making this Stress Relief Roll-on for on-the-go use can help during those difficult times. Neroli is also beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia or sleep issues, as it helps to relax the mind and calm any emotions that prohibit sleep. Try the Sleep Restfully Roll-on when you have restless nights. Aside from its calming and relaxing properties, neroli is also helpful for the digestive system and may help inhibit bacteria, infections, parasites, and viruses. If you are experiencing digestive pains, chronic diarrhea, colic, or intestinal spasms, try rolling the Digestive Support blend on your abdomen.

Stress Relief Roll-on:
3 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
2 drops lavender
2 drops neroli
1 drops lemongrass
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Sleep Restfully Roll-on:
4 drops orange
3 drops cedarwood
3 drops neroli
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Digestive Support Roll-on:
5 drops neroli
4 drops orange
2 drops peppermint
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil*
Add oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.

Note: These recipes are formulated for 5–6% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on bottle (perfect for daily use if needed). For a stronger dilution, simply cut the amount of carrier oil in half, or use a 5 ml roll-on bottle.

*Common carrier oils for use in a roll-on bottle include Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

4. Add to a Relaxing Bath
Neroli calms and slows the mind and is useful for insomnia, hysteria, and all states of anxiety and depression. Combine one of the following oil blends with 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) epsom salt, and evenly disperse throughout the tub. Alternatively, you can add these essential oil combinations to these bath bombs. These blends can also be used in a diffuser, roll-on, or linen spray.

Calming Peace:
5 drops neroli
3 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops petitgrain
Insomnia & Sleep:
4 drops neroli
2 drops juniper berry
2 drops chamomile
Nervous Tension:
2 drops bergamot
2 drops marjoram
1 drop neroli
2 drops sandalwood

5. Create a Peaceful Atmosphere for Romance or Meditation
The reputed aphrodisiac quality of neroli stems from its ability to calm any nervous apprehension that may be felt before a sexual encounter. Neroli can be a means of overcoming sexual difficulties that rise from anxiety or tension. The traditional use of orange blossom in bridal wreaths arose from this property of neroli, though it has long been forgotten.
Try diffusing this blend or use it in a linen spray:

Peaceful Romance:
5 drops neroli
1 drop sandalwood

Neroli also helps in creating a peaceful atmosphere when it is used in meditation. Diffuse neroli essential oil (or the Peaceful Romance blend above), and rub a drop of the oil over the heart to achieve a calm heart and relaxed mind.

5. Nourish Your Skin
Neroli is beneficial for all skin types, especially if there is dryness, redness, or irritation. Neroli stimulates the regeneration of new cells and the elimination of old ones, improving skin’s elasticity. It is generally helpful for all kinds of skin problems such as thread veins, scarring, and stretch marks. Try using the blend below as a facial cream or skin cream to help nourish your skin.

Improved Skin:
3 drops neroli
2 drops frankincense
2 drops Roman chamomile
1–2 tsp. (4–8 g) Coconut Oil

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 96.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol & David Schiller
Aromatherapy: An A–Z by Patricia Davis
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson

The Art of Roller Bottle Blending

Blending essential oils is definitely an art that takes practice to master, but even beginners can create some great blends. In this article, we will discuss the basics of blending so you have a better idea about where to begin. Our focus today will be on creating blends in roll-on bottles.

Why use roll-on bottles?

Roll-on bottles, often called roller bottles, are useful for the following reasons:

  1. You can use them to create blends customized to your needs.
  2. Your blends can be pre-diluted and ready for use.
  3. They make it easy to apply blends without creating a mess.
  4. They can be conveniently carried on your person or in a bag to use whenever you need them.

What carrier oil should I use to dilute the essential oil in a roll-on bottle?

Some of the most common carrier oils to use for diluting essential oils are Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

What are recommended dilution ratios?

Dilution amounts can vary based on many factors, including the a person’s weight, skin sensitivity, health issues, oils being used, or the length of time they are used. It is important to note that these recommendations are simply guidelines, not absolute rules, and are fairly conservative. It is always better to start out with a greater dilution and increase the essential oil drops as needed.

What oils should I use?

You will want to use oils that are of therapeutic quality and safe to apply topically to the skin. The specific oils that you choose should be based on what you want to accomplish with the roll-on blend. For example, if you want to create a relaxing essential oil blend, you will want to choose essential oils that help relax or promote calmness.

How do I create my own blends?

Because this may seem a little complicated, we’ll break it down into a few different steps.

Step 1: Look Up Essential Oils for Desired Result

First, you will need to figure out what you want the essential oil blend to do. Once you figure that out, look up those properties in Modern Essentials. For example, let’s say you want to create a relaxing blend to help promote sleep. You could look up “Relaxation,” “Calming—Sedative,” and “Sleep” in Modern Essentials™ and come up with these lists of essential oils:

Relaxation:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Lemon
  • Massage Blend
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary Sage
Calming—Sedative:

  • Lavender
  • Calming Blend
  • Invigorating Blend
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Cedarwood
  • Geranium
  • Vetiver
  • Juniper Berry
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Orange
  • Rose
  • Lemongrass
  • Clary Sage
  • Marjoram
Sleep:

  • Lavender
  • Calming Blend
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Marjoram

Note: The oils in red are the primary recommendations, the oils in orange are the secondary recommendations, and the oils in green are other recommendations. When creating our blend, we may want to choose from the oils in red first, but it is still a good idea to do the next step with the orange and green recommendations too in case we decide to use some of them in order to create a more balanced blend.

Step 2: Figure Out The Essential Oils’ Classifications and Notes

This is the hardest part, especially for beginners. Now that we have our list of essential oils, we need to organize them based on their classifications and notes. “It is important to understand that the order with which the oils are blended is key to maintaining the desired therapeutic properties in a synergistic blend. An alteration in the sequence of adding selected oils to a blend may change the chemical properties, the fragrance, and thus, the desired results” (Modern Essentials™, p. 62). In general, oils that are from the same botanical family usually blend well, and oils with similar constituents also mix well.

Using the Single Essential Oils section of Modern Essentials™, you can look up the oils in the lists above and write down their “Blend Classification” and “Odor” (or note type).

The above list of essential oils can be divided into the following classifications (and should be added to the blend in the order described):

  • 1st—The personifier (1–5% of blend) oils have very sharp, strong, and long-lasting fragrances. They also have dominant properties with strong therapeutic action. (ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, clary sage, orange, rose)
  • 2nd—The enhancer (50–80% of blend) oil should be the predominant oil, as it serves to enhance the properties of the other oils in the blend. Its fragrance is not as sharp as the personifier’s and is usually of shorter duration. (lavender, lemon, bergamot, geranium, cedarwood, marjoram, frankincense, sandalwood, orange, rose, lemongrass)
  • 3rd—The equalizer (10–15% of blend) oils create balance and synergy among the oils contained in the blend. Their fragrance is also not as sharp as the personifier’s and is of a shorter duration. (lavender, bergamot, geranium, cedarwood, marjoram, frankincense, juniper berry, rose, lemongrass)
  • 4th—The modifier (4–8% of blend) oils have a mild and short fragrance. These oils add harmony to the blend. (lavender, ylang ylang, lemon, bergamot, sandalwood, rose)

You will also want to categorize the essential oils according to their note:

  • Top note essential oils are the fastest evaporating oils and the most immediately noticeable scents in a perfume. They diffuse quickly and tend to be light, crisp, and penetrating. (lemon, bergamot, orange, lemongrass)
  • Middle note essential oils, also called heart notes, should make up the main body of the blend. They soften and round out the fragrance to harmonize the mixture. (lavender, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, geranium, marjoram, juniper berry, clary sage, rose)
  • Base note essential oils are usually not recognized until several minutes after application. Base note fragrances tend to become more pleasant over time and, when used in proper proportions, can give depth to the blend. (ylang ylang, cedarwood, frankincense, vetiver, sandalwood, clary sage, rose)

Step 3: Choose Your Essential Oils and Amounts to Use

It is recommended for beginners to start out with only 3–4 oils including a top note, a middle note, and a base note. As you get more comfortable with blending, you can experiment with adding more essential oils to your blends.

So, for your relaxing blend, you could use lemon for your top note; Roman chamomile and lavender for your middle notes; and cedarwood for your base note. This will also give you a personifier (Roman chamomile), an enhancer (lavender), an equalizer (cedarwood), and a modifier (lemon).

This roll-on recipe uses a 10% dilution, which is 20 drops of essential oil for a 10 ml roll-on bottle. This is a possible formula:

Relax to Sleep Roll-on Blend

  • Servings: Yield=10 ml Roll-on
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add essential oils in order to the roll-on bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle up with carrier oil. Insert the roller ball, and screw on lid.
  2. To use, roll oil on feet, neck, or wrists to help promote relaxation and sleep.

Of course, you don’t have to be really strict with these formulas or ratios since they are just a guideline. Besides, there are many differing opinions on how to blend and the correct ratios to use, and you may not have all the essential oils needed to fill each of the above categories. Your intuition and nose may prove to be most useful in learning how to create your own blends. As you experiment, start out with smaller quantities (such as 10–20 drops total) so you aren’t wasting a lot of oil if you end up not liking the result.

6 Roll-on Blend Recipes

These recipes are all designed to be a 10% dilution ratio in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, so adjust the recipes for lesser or greater dilution as needed. If you are using a 5 ml roll-on bottle, cut the recipes in half or make the recipe in a separate bottle and only put 10 drops in the roll-on bottle.

Instructions:

Add the drops in order to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle up with a carrier oil. Let sit overnight, if possible, to allow the oils to blend fully.

Note: We included some adjustments to recipes in parentheses. If adjustments aren’t noted for every oil, just include the recommended drops. You can also make the blend in a separate bottle (such as these sample bottles) and then place the number of drops needed to achieve the desired dilution.

Recipes:

Relax to Sleep:
1 drop Roman chamomile
14 drops lavender (6 drops for children)
3 drops cedarwood (2 drops for children)
2 drops lemon (1 drop for children)
Happiness:
5 drops orange
10 drops lemon
3 drops lavender
2 drops ylang ylang
Owie Stick:
1 drop helichrysum
15 drops lavender (7 drops for children)
3 drops melaleuca (1 drop for children)
1 drop frankincense
Digestive Support:
2 drops ginger
4 drops peppermint
5 drops lavender (2 drops for children)
5 drops lemon (1 drop for children)
4 drops fennel (1 drop for children)
Muscle Soother:
2 drops peppermint
4 drops birch
10 drops marjoram
3 drops lemongrass
1 drop lavender
Immune Booster:
1 drop clove
8 drops oregano (4 drops for daily use)
6 drops melaleuca (2 drops for daily use)
2 drops rosemary (1 drop for daily use)
2 drops frankincense (1 drop for daily use)
1 drop lemon

Please comment below and share with us any roll-on recipes that you have tried and enjoyed! We would love to learn from your experiences!