Petitgrain Essential Oil
Our exceptional Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) essential oil comes from Italy and is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, which is the same tree that yields neroli essential oil from its blossoms and bitter orange oil from the rind of its ripe fruit. The bitter orange tree is native to the Far East but has become well adapted in the Mediterranean regions, as well as in California, Florida and South America. It is an evergreen tree with glossy oval leaves and highly fragrant white flowers. It grows to about 30 feet in height.
Petitgrain Essential Oil Properties
Petitgrain Essential oil has a light, fresh, floral-citrus scent with woody and herbaceous undertones. Top notes and middle notes predominate. It blends well with many other essential oils, including lavender, rosemary, geranium, frankincense, bitter orange, neroli, clary sage and palmarosa.
Claims made by aromatherapists for Petitgrain essential oil have emphasized calming, uplifting and tonic properties and it has been said to be useful for skin care and for supporting relaxation, better mood, improved vitality and good sleep.
Petitgrain Essential Oil in Traditional Medicines
Modern-day practitioners of the ancient system of Classical Chinese Medicine have made the following claims for Petitgrain Essential Oil:
Energy: Warm and Neutral
Main Element: Wood
Actions: Calms and Frees the Spirit; Rectifies the Liver
Indications: Anger, agitation, mental fatigue, poor sleep, routine muscle spasmsEssential Oil Safety Considerations