Petitgrain essential oil is extracted from Citrus aurantium var. amara (also known as Citrus bigardia and petitgrain bigarade) of the Rutaceae family.
Petitgrain Essential Oil – this crisp and clear essential oil is most useful to boost the conscious intellectual side of your mind, while calming anger and panic. Its relaxing properties help to calm rapid heartbeat and insomnia while clearing greasy skin and fighting skin blemishes.
Petitgrain Essential Oil has a woody and at the same time a floral smell. The color of the oil is pale yellow to amber and it is watery in viscosity.
This is one of the three oils obtained from the orange tree, the others are neroli from the flowers and orange from the rind of the fruit. Petitgrain oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree but was once extracted from the green unripe oranges, when they were still the size of cherries, hence the name Petitgrain or ‘little grains.’ It is widely used in pharmaceutical products and perfumery and is the classic ingredient of eau-de-cologne.
This oil is extracted from the fresh leaves, small twigs by steam distillation and yields 0.5 – 1 %.
The therapeutic properties are antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, deodorant, sedative and nervine.
The chemical components of Petitgrain Essential Oil are geraniol, linalool, nerol, y-terpineol, geranyl acetate, linalyl acetate, myrcene, neryl acetate and trans-ocimene.
Petitgrain Essential Oil helps with nervous problems, soothes aches and pains, and helps clear and tone the skin.
Precautions and Uses
Petitgrain Essential Oil is in general non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
This Essential Oil can help with nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions and in particular anger and panic. It calms and soothes the mind, while relaxing the body, easing breathing, reducing rapid heart beat, relaxing muscle spasms and stomach pains. It is great oil to use for convalescing after an illness and also for insomnia and helps to clear up a greasy skin, acne and excessive perspiration, while toning the skin.
In vapor therapy, petitgrain oil can help with convalescence, anger, panic, depression and anxiety, calming irritation, while relaxing the body and boosting the conscious intellectual side of the mind.
As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, it assist with convalescence, anxiety, irritability, anger, panic, tension, rapid heartbeat, pain and insomnia, while calming and relaxing the body and fighting skin blemishes.
When used in a cream or lotion, it is very useful to help clear up greasy skin and to release the congestion of such a skin, while at the same time helping to clear up acne, pimples and other skin blemishes.