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Petitgrain Essential Oil (citrus aurantium Var. amara)

Petitgrain Essential Oil (citrus aurantium Var. amara)

Petitgrain essential oil is obtained from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, by steam distillation. The tree is hardy and is also known as citrus vulgaris or bigaradia or saville orange, also the neroli essential oil is derived from its fragrant blossoms and bitter orange oil from the rind of the fruit. There are other pettitgrain but the one we sell here is far more used in aromatherapy. Petitgrain is native to China and the Middle East, but the petitgrain tree is now grown in the Mediterranean, Brazil and the USA. The aroma of the pettitgrain essential oil is a refreshing, bitter-sweet, woody with a hint of floral and a perfurmery note of top/middle. The oil if often used in the manufacture of bath oil, cosmetics and soaps. Petitgraing sheres some of the properties of neroli and has a comparable but lighter aroma of the neroli oil.

Latin name: Citrus aurantium.

Family: Rutaceae.

Plant part used: The petitgrain essential oil is obtained from the orange tree leaves, young shoots and sometimes the tips of the young twigs. The name 'Petit Grains' comes from when in early centuries the oil was extracted from the unripe oranges, they were picked when they were still green and the size of a cherry, hence the name 'Petit Grains', meaning little grains. This way of obtaining oil was uneconomic, as to produce enough oil to warrant the effort and the oil was gradually transferred to obtaining the oil from the leaves.

Extraction: By steam distillation of the leaves and young shoots.

Aroma: Good quality oil has a fresh, woody, flowery light fragrance, that resembles that of neroli but less bitter. It has oftern been compared to a good quality Eau de Cologne, this is why petitgrain is often used into the formulae of some colognes.

Properties: Antidepressant, deodorant, sedative. Mind: Calming, refreshes the mind. Body: With its sedative and relaxing properties are an ideal aid for anxiety.

Oil combinations: Geranium oil will round out the aroma of petitgrain essential oil, while rosemary oil adds a sharpness, and clary sage enhances its sedative qualitys.

Blends well with: Most people love the fragrance of petitgrain essential oil as it blends very well with most other oils. To make a delicious blend with petitgrain, try neroli, orange and petitgrain oils, which brings together the fruit, flowers and leaves of the orange. Blends with many oils like: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress,Lavender, neroli, orange, rose, rosewood, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper berry, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, patchouli, rose, rosemary, ylang ylang and Sandalwood.

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