"The spirit of petitgrain is embodied in gentle strength, encouraging
positive resolutions and outcomes at difficult times," writes
aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She also says the emotional benefits of petitgrain essential oil (Citrus
aurantium var. amara) are to encourage harmony, upliftment, joy, inner
vision, strength, self-confidence, and expressiveness.
You may also hear this oil called petitgrain bigarade or bitter orange leaf.
Plant family: Rutaceae
Production: Steam distilled from leaves, stems, and sometimes the unripe fruit of the bitter orange tree. (The oil is also available as an absolute.) Two other oils also come from the bitter orange tree: neroli, distilled from the orange blossoms, and bitter orange oil expressed from rind of the ripe fruit.
Aroma: Fresh, sweet, tart with subtle floral and woody tones.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top
Is petitgrain safe to use during pregnancy? Yes, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby.
Is petitgrain essential oil safe for children? Do not use with babies.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Petitgrain helps relieve depression by increasing perception and awareness and reestablishing trust and self-confidence.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Petitgrain may help relieve stress-related conditions, nervous spasm, muscle spasm, general aches, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, stress, tension, and irritability.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Uses of petitgrain essential oil include as a skin toner and to help relieve acne, excessive perspiration, and greasy skin and hair. The oil may also help relieve indigestion, flatulence, insomnia, nervous exhaustion, and stress-related conditions.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, petitgrain promotes emotional stability and strength. Physically, the essential oil relaxes hypertonic/tense and regulates dysregulated conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the oil is to regulate the Qi, settle the heart, and harmonize the Shen. Suggested essential oil blends with petitgrain:
Subtle Aromatherapy: Petitgrain relates to the conscious, intellectual mind. Inhale the scent for mental clarity.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, petitgrain promotes uplifting, peaceful, and calm meditation and helps reduce mind chatter. The essential oil is emotionally calming and uplifting. Mentally, use the oil for manifestation and to help create your own reality.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Petitgrain brings in positive energy, promotes optimism, calms, and revitalizes. The oil is especially useful for the third chakra to promote self-esteem, self-control, self-confidence, and an optimistic attitude.
Apply this balm to your wrist and neck pulse points for a gentle, natural perfume.
Source: Essential Living
Splash on this blend after shaving:
Refrigeration suggested for a longer shelf life.
Source: Aloe Vera Beauty Tips and Recipes from Seven Minerals
Gently use this skin scrub in the shower or bath.
Enjoy a massage or self-massage!