Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) essential oil benefits
Petitgrain essential oil is a more affordable option than Neroli as it’ is obtained by distilling flowers, twigs, and leaves. It is balancing and toning to the skin. Petitgrain oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the same tree as Neroli (blossoms) and Orange (peel) – the orange tree is the only one that produces three different essential oils. Its properties are similar to Neroli, and some call it ‘the poor person’s Neroli’ because of the difference in price and yield. The main differences are that Petitgrain is less sedative and its aroma is a bit woodier. On an emotional level Petitgrain is relaxing, inspiring, refreshing, anti-anxiety, and perfect to promote serene sleep and natural calm and confidence, while on a physical level it is great for relieving muscle spasm, especially in the intestines, for painful periods and during menopause. Petitgrain is also used as a very gentle but effective deodorant (diluted).
Petitgrain is obtained by distilling the leaves and twigs of the Orange tree; a premium type of Petitgrain essential oil is co-distilled with a small number of Neroli blossoms; the aroma is, therefore, more delicate and fresher than regular Petitgrain.
Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium var. a.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation from the flowers, twigs, and leaves
Origin: Italy, Paraguay, Tunisia, Brazil
Color: Pale yellow
Aroma: Fresh-floral, citrus scent, and a woody-herbaceous undertone
Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, oakmoss, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
Therapeutic properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, deodorant, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, tonic
HOW TO USE
To restore calm and refresh the mind burn or diffuse 4-5 drops every 5 hours
Enjoy a relaxing massage adding 3-5 Petitgrain to every 5 ml of carrier oil. it can also be applied on pulse points with similar dilutions as perfume.
Add 5 drops of Petitgrain oil and 3 of Geranium to warm water for a refreshing and floral bath.
Avoid sun exposure for 8-12 hours (if applied topically). Do not apply undiluted Petitgrain.