Neroli is an exotic essential oil made from bitter orange blossoms. Neroli has a citrusy scent and flavor and is often used in perfumes. In fact, it’s estimated that Neroli is the main ingredient in more than 12% of all perfumes. It’s also, according to This American Life, a surprising ingredient in Coca Cola’s secret recipe—along with Cinnamon, Coriander and Cumin.
Besides smelling and tasting absolutely amazing, Neroli oil has some purported health benefits.Neroli is non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing, and non-photo toxic. And Neroli is one of the few essential oils that are actually recommended during pregnancy. In fact, according to a UK aromatherapy site: “If there is one time to use neroli, it is in pregnancy!”
Here’s what Neroli can do for you, in pregnancy and otherwise.
Neroli (citrus aurantium)
Main properties: antidepressant, antiseptic, digestive, sedative
NOTE: Neroli is an expensive oil but well worth the investment for during pregnancy and when in labour.