Origin: Paraguay. Steam distilled from the leaves and twigs. Top/middle note.
Petitgrain is an oil that is obtained from the steam distillation of the leaves and young tips of twigs of the bitter orange tree. This oil has a fresh, flowery, light perfume resembling its cousin Neroli. Chemically it shares many of the same properties as Neroli. Some of its constituents are linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate, and linalol, with some areas of origin being Paraguay and the Mediterranean region.
Petitgrain is a wonderful oil to use for insomnia, especially if the insomnia is a result of loneliness and depression. It is an antidepressant (great for Seasonal Affective Disorder) and NOT photo toxic, making it a useful addition to body lotions for use throughout the day.
In skincare, petitgrain is helpful to control the over production of sebum and is a gentle antiseptic. For skin that is prone to acne this oil is a great addition to a regular skin care regime.
This oil blends well with Bergamot essential oil, Clary sage essential oil, Frankincense essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, and all citrus oil. And it makes a good massage oil.
Petitgrain can be found in the following blends:
Petitgrain can be found in the following kit: