Benefits of petitgrain essential oil – General benefits and origin
Three essences or essential oils are obtained from the bitter orange tree (citrus aurantium amara): a first one extracted by distillation of its blossom and known as neroli, a second one extracted by cold pressing of the rinds of its fruits, and a third one obtained by distillation of its leaves and known as petitgrain.
Petitgrain essential oil has a fresh floral aroma and is used profusely in the manufacture of perfumes.
It is a powerful antispasmodic remedy that acts effectively against muscle spasms of nervous origin (nervous asthma) and spasmodic cough.
Petitgrain essential oil is also a good digestive tonic useful for treating digestive disorders such as colitis and heartburn. Its antiemetic properties help control and relieve nausea.
It is also used to relieve neurovegetative dystonias and their manifestations such as tachycardia, arrhythmias and hypertension.
Petitgrain essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is therefore used to relieve osteoarthritis, arthritis and muscle contractions. It also helps relieve menstrual pain.
It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used as a deodorant.
It also has antioxidant properties.
Benefits of petitgrain essential oil for the skin
Petitgrain essential oil acts as a tonic and skin regenerator. It helps keep the skin hydrated and is an excellent regulator of sebum, so it is used to fight acne, boils and eczema. It also helps attenuate stretch marks and scar marks.
Benefits of petitgrain essential oil for hair
Petitgrain essential oil is also an excellent regulator of scalp sebum. Applying a few drops of this essential oil to the usual shampoo, leaves hair brighter and less greasy.
Benefits of petitgrain essential oil for the mind
In aromatherapy petitgrain essential oil is used to treat stress-related and nervous-type imbalances. It has antidepressant, anxiolytic, soothing, relaxing and sedative properties. Therefore, it is a good remedy against anxiety, stress, agitation, nervousness, insomnia, depression, hyperactivity and hyperemotivity.
Finally, it favours communication with others so it is especially suitable for children or shy people.
Blends well with:
Citrus in general, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, myrrh, Roman chamomile and rosemary.
Do not apply directly on the skin but diluted in a carrier oil and avoid contact with the eyes.
INCI: Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil
Limonene < 2%, Linalool < 30%, Citral < 0.5%, Geraniol < 4.5%