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Orange blossom essential oil: properties, extraction process and all the information on the essence of orange blossom obtained from bitter orange flowers.

L'Orange blossom essential oilis only one of the three essential oils extracted fromBitter Orange, botanically known as Citrus aurantium subs. Bitter.

Bitter orange essential oil

Speak aboutbitter orange essential oilit is rather vague precisely because three different ones can be obtained from this botanical species essences:

  • Neroli oil
    The essential oil of Neroli is extracted from bitter orange blossoms (Citrus aurantium subs. Amara) by steam distillation.
  • Orange blossom oil
    Orange blossom essential oil is extracted from bitter orange blossoms (Citrus aurantium subs. Amara) with an enfleurage process, that is, with a cold extraction using a solvent.
  • Petitgrain oil
    Petitgrain essential oil is extracted from the leaves of bitter orange (Citrus aurantium subs. Amara)

For the detailed properties of bitter orange essential oils, please refer to the list of links in the paragraph dedicated toProperties of essential oils. Many bloggers but also the same onesaromatherapiststend to confuse betweenNeroli essential oilisOrange blossom essential oilstating that it is the same product. As is clear from the previous description, even if the raw material is the same (bitter orange flowers) the extraction processes are different but the product obtained retains the same properties.

Orange blossom essential oil

Thereorange blossomis the flower of citrus fruits, in fact when we speak generically oforange blossomit refers to the orange, lemon and bergamot flower. When it comes toorange blossom essential oilit refers to the essence obtained from bitter orange flowers.

L'orange blossom essential oil it is extracted by enfluerage, this method is perfect for extracting essences from flowers, however it is very long and has a very low yield. For these reasons it is very rare to find theorange blossom essential oil and the predominant form of extraction is that by steam distillation. In both cases, we are talking about rather expensive essential oils as the yield in terms of essence is 0.1% by weight. It is for this reason that the essential oils of orange blossom and neroli are very expensive.

In commerce it is possible to findorange blossom oilor neroli essential oil sophisticated, that is enriched with essences of other citrus fruits, usually lemon, sweet orange or bergamot. In this case, the purchase price is much lower and the essence is presented asorange blossom essential oil or similar terms.

The chemical composition of theorange blossom essential oil, as well as that of any natural product, can vary greatly according to the conditions of cultivation (place of harvest, time of harvest, climatic trend…). Generalizing it can be said that a good orange blossom essential oilit contains in a high percentage ester compounds such as linalyl, neryl and geranyl acetates from 21% to 70%, monoterpenes such as limonene, alpha and beta pinene and camphene up to 40% and monoterpene alcohol linalool.

In aromatherapy, orange blossom essential oil is highly prized and appreciated above all by artists: it would seem a good natural remedy for finding the right creative inspiration. The diffusion of the essence of orange blossom in the environment would predispose to relaxation and rest. For all the detailed properties, please refer to the page dedicated to the essential oil ofNeroli.

The properties of essential oils

For the property of the others essential oils I refer you to the individual pages.

  • Sweet orange essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Juniper essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Grapefruit essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Ravensara essential oil
  • Tea Tre essential oil
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil


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