Citrus aurantium var. amara
Herbal Folklore & Tradition
This oil was named after a princess of Nerola in Italy, who loved to wear it as a perfume. Orange flowers have many folk associations. They were used in bridal bouquets and wreaths, to calm any nervous apprehension before the couple retired to the marriage bed. An infusion of dried flowers is used as a mild stimulant of the nervous system, antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, fungicide, and as a blood cleanser. The distillation water, known as orange flower water, is a popular cosmetic and household article.