Petitgrain Essential Oil
- Distillation Method: Steam
- Country of Origin: Italy
- Plant Part: Twigs and Branches
- Latin Name: Citrus aurantium
- Cultivation: Naturally Grown
About the Oil: The Mandarin Petitgrain is the slightly sweeter, fuller–bodied of the two, regarded for it’s calming action. It is non–photosensitising like other citrus oils can be.
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About The Plant
Petitgrain oil is produced from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. It is an evergreen with long but not very sharp spines and very fragrant flowers. It is native to southern China and north-eastern India.
About The Oil
We carry three types of Petigrain: 'Bigarade' is the classic, from the same tree producing Bergamot and Neroli essential oils, a 'Neroli' Petitgrain distilled from blooming branches of the same tree, and finally, Mandarin Petitgrain, distilled from the leaves and branches of trees producing Mandarin fruit.
Neroli Petitgrain, or 'Petitgrain sur Fleurs', essential oil is is distilled from the same tree as Neroli and Petitgrain using the flowering branches, rather than just the flowers or branches themselves. This certified organic oil is distilled from branches containing a minimum of 8% content of flowers. The resulting oil is somewhere between Petitgrain and Neroli in it's very wonderful aroma, and can substitute for Neroli in many applications. Neroli itself is highly sought after in the perfume industry for its exceptionally subtle, soft floral aroma. Petigrain sur Fleurs is more middle note than high, which will appeal to many individuals.
This Mandarin Petitgrain 'deliciosa Tenore'; essential oil is steam distilled from wild growing Mandarin trees in Corsica. This is an exceptional Petitgrain, and may be the more calming of the two oils, as Mandarin is noted for this quality.
The Bergamot Petitgrain 'aurantifolia' from Italy is the classic essential oil steam distilled from Bergamot orange trees wild grown in Italy.
Petitgrain oil is a pale yellow liquid with a wonderful bright floral orange scent, with a woody undertone - though not as sweet, for example, as Sweet Orange essential oil. Petitgrain aroma is uplifting and helps to refresh the senses, clear confusion and reduce mental fatigue. The most important aromatic use of the oils is for their anti-anxiety, stress relieving actions. Both are wonderful in diffusers for this application.
Neroli and Petitgrain together make a wonderful blend; the neroli adds the quintessential floral note to the already lovely petitgrain aroma -- and the Neroli Petitgrain offers this same formula.
This Neroli Petitgrain, or 'Petitgrain sur Fleurs', essential oil is is distilled from the same tree as Neroli and Petitgrain using the flowering branches rather than just the flowers or just the branches themselves. The resulting oil is somewhere between Petitgrain and Neroli in its very wonderful aroma which can substitute for Neroli in many applications. Neroli itself is highly sought after in the perfume industry for its exceptionally subtle, soft floral aroma. Petigrain sur Fleurs is more middle note than high, which will appeal to many individuals. Petitgrain essential oil is one of the classic ingredients in 'eau-de-cologne', and is often employed as a fragrance component in perfumes, colognes, cosmetics and the like and can be used to add an orange flavor to many foods. In some cases, the aroma is used instead of its more expensive partner Neroli.
Petitgrain essential oil at one time was disilled from small, green unripe Bergamot oranges the size of a cherry - hence the name 'peititgrain' or 'little grain'. This soon proved to be uneconomical as the production of this oil diminished the yield of bitter orange oil from the mature fruit later in the season. Today the essential oil is is distilled from the fresh leaves and young branches of the tree.
Petitgrain essential oil is one of the classic ingredients in 'eau-de-cologne', and is often employed as a fragrance component in perfumes, colognes, cosmetics and the like, and can be used to add an orange flavor to many foods. In some cases, the aroma is used instead of its more expensive partner Neroli.
Petitgrain refers to the distillation of leaves, and sometimes twigs, of a citrus tree. In earlier days petitgrain oil was extracted from the small, unripe green fruit of various citrus trees. This proved economically nonviable, however, as it resulted in a much smaller harvest of ripe fruit, so the name was transferred to the distillation of leaves and twigs. Petitgrain oil may be produced from bergamot, lemon, mandarin, and sweet orange leaves. Petitgrain of neroli is a classic ingredient in traditional French eau de cologne and has been used extensively in the perfumery industry, particularly as a substitute for the more costly neroli oil.
Reduces sebum production
Indicated for: acne, blemishes, oily skin
Helps to breathe more deeply
Increases absorption in the intestines
Promotes normal peristalsis
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response
Calms the nervous system
Promotes and regulates menstrual flow
Oils from the bitter orange tree are generally relaxing and strengthening. With Neroli, the fresh, comforting floral aroma inspires courage, quiet resolve and happiness. Petitgrain inspires strength and commitment. Its fresh, woody aroma is stabilizing and reassuring.
Unlike Neroli, Petitgrain does not have a long history of therapeutic use. Until recently it was used exclusively for perfumery purposes. Both Neroli and Petitgrain, however, are notable for their calming, centering, uplifting effect. Both are supportive to all body systems, and are known to promote comfort in the muscles and joints and encourage a balanced monthly cycle for women.
Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
Employed in direct inhalation, this oil will settle cramps or an upset belly. Similarly applied, both the emotional and physical heart may be soothed and supported by the use of Neroli Petitgrain oil. A blend of the two is well suited for use when convalescing after illness.
Massage, compress, bath, skincare
Petitgrain enhances skin health and balance, improving tone, texture and clarity.
The 'deliciosa tenore' Petitgrain essential oil is dark yellow-green with distinct lime-like and orange blossom top notes, a grassy, herbaceous middle note and undertones of light oak and beeswax.
The 'aurantifolia' Petitgrain essential oil is pale yellow and has a bright orange and lime top note followed by herbaceous, lemon-grassy middle notes with deeper woody and resinous undertones.
Petitgrain sur Fleurs: This a rich and velvety floral with a soft woody base note and a tiny hint of citrus.
Blends well with: Cedarwood Oil, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, and Sandalwood Oil.
Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. It is non-photosensitizing like other citrus oils can be. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.