Neroli is an exquisite and rare essential oil. It is obtained from the steam distillation of the flowers of the Seville orange trees. These trees flourish in a Mediterranean climate; France and Italy are two of the main sources of Neroli.
Neroli was first written about in the seventeenth century, and is named after Anna Maria de la Tremoille, Princess of Neroli, near Rome Italy. The precious neroli flower oil was valued both for it’s beautifying and therapeutic properties. Neroli oil benefits were regionally well known. The people of Venice were known to both drink a tisane of Neroli, and rub the distillate on their bodies for protection and to gain other neroli oil benefits.
Cleopatra and Leonardo Da Vinci are also said to have favored Neroli flower oil, while Ayurvedic medicine has been using it for hundreds of years.The Yogic tradition of India trusted Neroli for its relaxing, tranquilizing and sleep inducing properties and traditional Chinese Medicine use Neroli to organize chi (aura or the life force). Also known as the Queen’s Elixir by the ancient Egyptians, Neroli was prized for it’s ability to heal and beautify the skin, calm the mind and inspire the spirit.
It takes one tonne of Neroli blossoms to distill 2 pounds of Neroli oil, making Neroli one of the most expensive essential oils on the market. This is especially true for organic Neroli oil. Organic neroli oil is of the highest quality and standard.