In Essence… A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals
This is one of a series of articles that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
Physical and energetic description:
The orange tree is a medium size flowering citrus tree with glossy green, heart shaped leaves, a smooth grey bark and masses of fragrant white flowers. Three separate oils are made from this tree, which is the epitome of generosity, with Neroli being made from the flowers. Native to China it is now widely cultivated in any Mediterranean climate. The oil is thought to be named after an Italian princess who introduced it to Italian society in the 17th century. It has long been favoured as a perfume and used for ladies of a nervous constitution. Orange water is used in the Middle East for fainting fits and shock. One of the primary ‘heart’ oils it is highly uplifting and calming. It steadies the nerves and re-connects body and mind after a shock or trauma. It heals sorrow held in the heart and eases the pain of loss or separation.
Physical uses: Shock, nervous colic, chronic diarrhoea, before stressful events (trips to the vet, shows etc), scars and tissue regeneration
Emotional uses: Separation anxiety, sadness taken to the heart, nervous hysteria, forced separation from a companion, depression, loss of will to live
Principal Actions: Antidepressant, anticoagulant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, digestive, nervine, sedative and tonic
Safety: Generally held to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non irritant
Think ‘Neroli’ in these conditions: Nervous, flighty animals especially if they have a history of nervous colic or high blood pressure; depression, especially if it was triggered by the loss of a companion or confinement.