Face Treatments with Neroli Oil
Neroli oil is an essential oil used in the practice of aromatherapy. It is particularly suitable for face treatments because it is moisturizing and astringent, in addition to possessing other therapeutic benefits. There are no known major side effects. Neroli oil can be used in a number of applications for face treatments. Consult a qualified health professional or skincare consultant before using neroli oil in face treatments.
Essential oils are naturally extracted from various plants and combined with carrier oils and lotions in aromatherapy practice to treat health problems. Neroli essential oil is steam distilled from the flower blossoms of the bitter orange tree. Essential oils contain different benefits, due to their chemical composition, that are used to treat various health problems by aromatherapists. Neroli is a popular essential oil used by aromatherapists for face treatments.
According to Shirley Price in "Aromatherapy for Women," neroli oil helps improve elasticity in the skin. Patricia Davis, in "Aromatherapy: An A-Z," writes that essential oils such as neroli can be used in aromatherapy face treatments to cleanse, tone and moisturize the face. Davis says that neroli oil acts as a rejuventor in skin care because it is capable of stimulating the growth of new cells. Davis also says that neroli oil is suitable for all skin types but it is particularly beneficial in the treatment of mature and sensitive skins. It is also used to tone skin complexions and treat wrinkles.
Neroli oil is available in various forms, in addition to the essential oil. Julia Lawless, in "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils," writes that it is also possible to obtain neroli flower water and a neroli absolute as a by-product from the distillation of neroli oil. Neroli is frequently used as a flower water in face treatments because of its light fragrance and therapeutic properties for skin care.
Always dilute neroli oil in a carrier oil or base lotion, such as rose water, neroli flower water or jojoba oil, before applying it to your face. In addition, reduce the amount of neroli oil you use for face treatments, in comparison to quantities used in body oils. Worwood recommends 30 drops of essential oil for every 2 tbsp. of carrier oil.
Neroli oil is non-toxic and non-sensitizing. It is also non-phototoxic, which means that it should not cause a reaction in sunlight after you have applied it to your face. People with extremely sensitive skin or a skin condition may have a reaction to neroli oil, such as inflammation of the skin. However, the risk is generally minimal.
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