Botanical Name: Citrus Aurantium
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Aroma: Peppery, fruity-green, and citrusy with Bergamot-like nuisances
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Geranium,Jasmine,Lavender, Lime, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa, and Rosemary.
Petitgrain oil is in general non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
The following properties and benefits will only be noticed when using a high quality Petitgrain oil. Please do your research before buying oils;
- Anti-bacterial – It kills several species of bacteria
- Anti-inflammatory – It reduces inflammation when applied topically.
- Anti-septic – It reduces the risk of septic in wounds by preventing bacterial and other infections.
- Anti-spasmodic – It prevents spasms.
- Digestive – Aids in digestion
- Nervine – Tones and heals the nerves
- Sedative – It has a mild tranquilizing effect.
With an extraordinarily peppery and fruity-green aroma, Petitgrain can alleviate stress and soothe away depressed emotions through direct inhalation. Topically, Petitgrain helps fight acne, greasy hair and oily skin. Many people use it as an all-natural deodorant to maintain freshness throughout the day. Petitgrain can also relieve indigestion and restore health to the digestive tract.
In French, Petitgrain translates to “little seed” because it was originally produced from the small purple fruit of bitter orange trees. Today, the essential oil is derived from the leaves and twigs of the tree through a steam distillation method. The Petitgrain from France is steam distilled using the leaves only, but other sources, such as Paraguay, often include some of the twigs as well, which will provide a slightly different aroma and color.
Add to a 2 ounce bottle: 3 drops of Petitgrain 2 drops of Geranium, 2 drops of Cypress and 3 drops of Orange, then fill with witch hazel. Shake well before applying a couple of drops to a water-damp cotton ball and wiping oily areas around the nose, chin and forehead. Add a teaspoon of this blend to a small basin of water and soak a face cloth for larger areas. Relax and keep your eyes closed, as you apply the cloth to your entire face for a refreshing mask!
Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 4 drops of Petitgrain, 4 drops of Ginger, 3 drops of Peppermint and 9 drops of Sweet Orange, then fill with Sweet Almond oil. Shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage.
Petitgrain essential oil is known for it’s antiseptic properties. Petitgrain restricts the growth of bacteria and various other microorganisms from further damaging the skin. This oil helps in effectively healing all sorts of painful wounds, scrapes and cuts. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on the wound.
Petitgrain is widely used in the perfume industry because of it’s pleasant scent. This oil has deodorant properties which prevents foul body odor. Spraying this oil leaves you smelling nice and feeling fresh.
Healthy Nervous System
Petitgrain essential oil promotes a sound and and efficient nervous system. People who are dealing with stress would greatly benefit by using this essential oil as a massage oil. Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 8 drops of Petitgrain, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang, 5 drops of Roman Chamomile and 5 drops of Orange, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Apply to the skin after bath or for full body massage
Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Petitgrain and 2 drops of Tea Tree. Massage well into the scalp; rinse well before using conditioner.