Petitgrain essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and small tender twigs of the Bitter Orange Tree. Although there are several other species of Bitter Orange trees that may be used to obtain Petitgrain essential oil, most is produced from the Citrus aurantium tree.
Petitgrain essential oil has many uses. You are probably using a product that contains Petitgrain essential oil in your daily life, and you weren’t even aware of it. It is used in everything from household products to skincare products and even fragrances you may be wearing.
There are a number of benefits to be derived from using Petitgrain essential oil. Since it is obtained from the same source tree as Neroli essential oil and Bitter Orange essential oil it has many of the same benefits. However, the aroma of Petitgrain is not as floral or citrusy as those other oils. It has more of a woody aroma than the others, with less of the floral and citrus scents, although a hint of those are still present.
Benefits Of Petitgrain Essential Oil
For Skin & Body
Petitgrain lends itself well for your skincare needs. It can help moisturize the skin and help maintain the oil/moisture balance. This makes it a good choice for use as a natural acne treatment, as well as being useful to decrease oily hair and scalp.
Since it is a natural antibacterial it can be used as a natural deodorant. It has a slight floral scent yet also has that woody scent it can be used by both men and women as a natural deodorant.
Since it has natural antibacterial properties it can also be used to treat and help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Mix a few drops with a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and apply it to the wound. Coconut oil also has natural healing and moisturizing properties, so it is a potent one-two punch to the bacteria that cause infections in wounds.
Petitgrain essential oil is useful as a sedative and can help balance the emotions. You can use it when you are apprehensive, angry, stressed, anxious or other emotional states where you are agitated. It can help calm the mind and relax the body, helping you remain calm and grounded. It can be used as a natural antidepressant when you are feeling depressed or simply having a bad day. It’s calming and uplifting effects can help you cope with your feelings without resorting to the drugs which are so widely prescribed these days.
It has also been used to help enhance memory. It can be helpful for keeping the mind sharp and focused. It helps to promote mental clarity and sharpness.
If you suffer from insomnia, it can help you get a good nights sleep. Place 3-4 drops of Petitgrain and 3-4 drops of Lavender essential oils in a diffuser next to your bed to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Getting enough sleep is also essential for staying mentally sharp and focused.
Petitgrain essential oil can also help with your cardiovascular health. It has natural antioxidants which we all need. It can help to lower blood pressure due to its ability to help dilate blood vessels when applied topically. To apply topically always be sure and dilute it with a carrier oil.
Petitgrain also has antispasmodic properties. If you have sore muscles or spasms from a workout you can apply Petitgrain topically to help increase blood flow to the muscles and relieve spasms. The increased blood flow can help to flush out lactic acid from the muscle tissue and the antispasmodic properties can help relieve the painful spasms. You might also try it if you have restless legs syndrome preventing you from sleeping. You can try applying it diluted in a carrier oil to the lower legs and feet while adding it to a diffuser as mentioned above to help you stay asleep.
If you have stomach discomfort you can also try diluting with a carrier oil and rubbing it over the abdomen to help relieve spasms in the abdomen and colon. Some people report good success using it in this manner.
Petitgrain essential oil has been called the “poor man’s Neroli” because it has many of the same benefits without the high cost. Since Neroli is obtained from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree it is much more scarce. This is due to the large amount of flowers it takes to extract a small amount of the essential oil. So next time you are trying to decide if it is worth spending the extra money for Neroli oil, why not give Petitgrain a try? You might just find it is your new favorite oil.