Latin name: Citrus aurantium amara
Plant family: Rutaceae
Neroli, coming from the Orange tree which is an evergreen tree growing up to 10 metres high with dark green glossy oval leaves. It has a smooth greyish trunk and branches with very fragrant white flowers. Native to the Far East especially India and China but has become well adapted to the Mediterranean climate.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.
A beautiful floral aroma, anti-stress; helps stop caffeine jitters; antispasmodic; can calm hysterics; physical and emotional support in abstention; excellent for delicate and sensitive skin; very astringent-superb toner; clears acne and irritations; add to any cosmetic.
Skin Treatments Use hydrolats as cleansers, toners, to make masks and for facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Room Refreshers Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. Particularly useful in the office to help prevent the spread of disease.
Mouthwash and Gargle Dilute 1:10 for children and 1:4 for adults for gargles and mouthwashes to help strengthen gums, freshen breath, relieve sore throats, ulcers, thrush and toothache.
Health Drink To help promote a healthy, balanced body, dilute 200mls of hydrolat into 1 litre of water and drink throughout the day.
Baths Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath. Hydrolats can also be used in sitz baths.
Compress Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to the area being treated. For a hot compress use a cold cloth and for hot, use a hot cloth. Wrap up the area with plastic film and leave for 30 minutes.