Petitgrain Oil








Petitgrain oil comes from the same plant as Neroli and Bitter Orange oils. This oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the plant. Real Petitgrain is petitgrain biguarade and is obtained by distilling just the leaves. Neroli oil comes from the flowers and Bitter Orange oil from the fruit rind. At one time the oil was extracted from the green unripe oranges when they were still the size of cherries. This is where the name came from – petitgrains or “little grains”.

On the emotional level this oil helps to clarify or sharpen the mood, or in other words it helps with confusion. For the bath it helps with nervousness. Add 3 drops to the bath or to 1 once (30ml) of massage oil.

Petitgrain oil is used in the classic eau de colognes. It’s classified as a blend equalizer. This oil is also a good extender for Neroli oil, which is very expensive, so as not to overpower or waste the Neroli scent. Extenders are oils that are used with the most expensive oils to make an affordable blend.

Early morning sunlight illuminates the Paraguay River at Asuncion
Early morning sunlight illuminates the Paraguay River at Asuncion

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Botanical Name - Citrus aurantium

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Leaves and twigs

Note Classification - Top to Middle

Aroma - Fresh-floral, citrus scent and a woody-herbaceous undertone

Color – Clear with a tinge of yellow

Largest Producing Countries - Paraguay and Haiti

Traditional Use - This oil is extensively used as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes, especially colognes (sometimes used to replace neroli).

Properties - Antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, deodorant, nervine, stimulant (digestive, nervous), stomachic, and tonic.

Benefits - Acne (excessive), anxiety, balance nervous system, convalescence, depression, dyspepsia, excessive perspiration, flatulence, indigestion, insomnia, nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions, and oily hair and skin.

Blends Well With - Benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus citriodora, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, labdanum, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, oakmoss, orange, orange bitter, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang, and yuzu, (just about any oil).

Safety DataPetitgrain oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing, and non-photo toxic.

Women Loading Oranges on a Ship at San Antonio, Paraguay, c.1890
Women Loading Oranges on a Ship at San Antonio, Paraguay, c.1890

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