Since qualifying as an aromatherapist I have incorporated essential oils into my own life, using my own intuition (which oils I liked the smell of essentially) to choose oils which satisfied and soothed.
Often it was Jasmine I was drawn to – recommended for changing your mood to a feeling of optimism and particularly helpful for emotional dilemma’s (think poor choice in boyfriends in my early 30’s and it was perfect!) or Frankincense to alleviate anxiety and “deepen the breath”.
It seemed to (slightly) slow me down and open me up to more spiritual guidance when I was setting up my own clinic, running my business and purchasing a flat single handed.
More recently my oil of choice has been Neroli. It’s been in my body creams, my face cream, my candles and oil blends, even my favourite perfume is Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino so I decided to write this post as a refreshing reminder of the key properties of this gorgeous oil.
Neroli oil is produced from the flowers of several citrus species and is often difficult to obtain and expensive (what can I say, I’ve always had champagne tastes..) Synthetic substances should always be avoided as they won’t contain the therapeutic and emotional properties of the pure oil.
Neroli is said to be beneficial to the heart since it regulates heart rhythym and and helps to reduce cramp like nervous heart conditions and is regarded as one of the most effective, sedative and antidepressant remedies so ideal for insomnia, anxiety and feelings of flatness.
Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi describes the therapeutic benefits of the sweet scent of neroli as ” reaching down into the soul to stabilise and regenerate. It provides relief and strength for longstanding psychological tension, exhaustion and seemingly hopeless situations”. P. Holmes describes it as promoting clarity, sensitivity and space and enhances the lightness of being. The neroli personality seems to have found a way to be age-less, forever young in a spring-like way!