Petitgrain Essential Oil

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Our petitgrain oil is extracted from Citrus aurantium var. amara (also known as Citrus bigardia and petitgrain bigarade) of the Rutaceae family.

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.

Oil properties

Petitgrain oil has a woody and at the same time a florally smell. The color of the oil is pale yellow to amber and it is watery in viscosity.

Origin of Petitgrain oil

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.


Petitgrain oil is extracted from the fresh leaves, small twigs by steam distillation and yields 0.5 – 1 %.

Chemical composition

The chemical components of petitgrain oil are geraniol, linalool, nerol, y-terpineol, geranyl acetate, linalyl acetate, myrcene, neryl acetate and trans-ocimene.


Petitgrain oil is in general non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of petitgrain are antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, deodorant, sedative and nervine.


Petitgrain 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.


Petitgrain oil helps with nervous problems, soothes aches and pains, and helps clear and tone the skin.

  • Burners and vaporizers
    • 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.
  • Blended oil or in the bath
    • 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.
  • Cream or lotion
    • 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.


Petitgrain oil blends well with

Although most essential oils blend well with one another, petitgrain oil blends particularly well with bergamotlavenderpalmarosageraniumrosewood and sandalwood.

More information about Petitgrain Oil

Skin & Hair Care ~ tonic effect ~ clears & tones the skin ~ maintains skin moisture & balances skin oil (sebum), dry & cracked skin ~ treatment for acne, pimples, blemishes,congestion & oily, greasy skin & hair ~ excellent deodorant properties ~ helpful to prevent body odour, reduces bacteria & skin infections

Body Care ~ aphrodisiac properties

Digestive System ~ helpful for abdominal cramps & pain ~ soothes nausea & eliminates the urge to vomit

Musculoskeletal System ~ eases aches & pains ~ helps muscular cramps

Nervous System ~ emotional balancing, uplifting & refreshing ~ recommended for depression, anxiety, anger, fear, shock, panic, nervous exhaustion, hypertension, insomnia & stress related conditions ~ calms & soothes the mind ~ relaxes the body, easing breathing, reducing rapid heart beat ~ highly effective for insomnia ~ strengthening ~ uplifts the mood & induces positive thinking

Respiratory System ~ helpful for coughs, spasms & congestion

Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ help release emotional tension, mental anguish, denial, avoidance & self judgement ~ grounding ~ soothes emotional wounding ~ helps let go of pain ~ instills self acceptance & love ~ helps overcome addictions & compulsions

Blends well with ~ Benzoin, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Cananga, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Lotus, Mandarin, May Chang, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Peru Balsam, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

Safety ~ non-toxic, non-irritating & non-sensitizing

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