Monday, June 29, 2009
You're probably already aware of the relaxing properties of lavender and chamomile, but there is an essential oil that you may not know about that may have an even greater calming effect.
Neroli is the name given to the essential oil that is produced from the orange blossom. It's scent has been described as mildly sweet, floral, and slightly haunting. It has long been used as a perfume, and has a incredibly relaxing effect on the nervous system.
You may be wondering, "If Neroli is so great...why haven't I heard of it before?" Well, the answer is simple. Due to the large number of orange blossoms needed to produce the essential oil, it isn't as readily available. It takes about 1000 lbs. of orange blossoms to make 1 lb. of Neroli oil.
Neroli has been used to relieve a wide variety of conditions including: chronic anxiety and depression, stress, shock, fear, heart palpitations, nervous tension, headaches and vertigo.
I personally use this oil, and find myself adding it to everything from lotion to body mist. Try rubbing a little on your wrists and enjoy the relaxing benefits throughout the day.
**essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil such as olive, coconut, or jojoba. As always...essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease**