A little Petitgrain trivia:
- The name Petitgrain (or originally petit grain) is a French translation of ‘little grains’. Originally the essential oil was extracted from tiny, unripe oranges that were still only the size of cherries and resembled small grains or seeds. Today, the essential oil is extracted from the fresh leaves and young twigs of the bitter orange tree, (citrus aurantium), by steam distillation and one favourite source of Petitgrain essential oil is Paraguay.
- At the end of the 12th century the bitter orange tree was grown primarily in Seville, Spain — hence the name Seville oranges used today. This was the first species of “orange” introduced to the “New World” by Columbus on his second voyage in 1493.
- Petitgrain is often used as a flavouring agent in some beverages and sweet products such as candies and baked goods.
- The uses of Petitgrain essential oil are many. It has properties that make it a valuable resource as an antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, nervine, sedative and deodorant.
10 Everyday Uses for Petitgrain Essential Oil
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- Ahhh … for a good night’s sleep: The calming and sedating effects of Petitgrain essential oil make it a wonderful choice for a restful night. Add a drop or two to your diffuser and run while you sleep and/or rub some of the oil on the bottoms of your feet for quick absorption to send you off to dreamland.
- Anxiety: If you are feeling stressed or anxious, know that the scent of Petitgrain oil will ease your breathing and reduce a rapid heartbeat, thus creating a sense of calm.
- Mood Lifter: Petitgrain just smells good. It has a light, fruity (and sometimes woody) fragrance and is quite uplifting and refreshing. Inhale the scent right from the bottle for a quick boost to your mood.
• Added bonus: Petitgrain essential oil is regarded as an aphrodisiac. When the mood is already lifted, who knows where that will lead? Just sayin’.
- Skin care:
• The antiseptic properties of Petitgrain oil make it a wonderful choice to add to your favourite creams and lotions. The moisturizing properties can only enhance your complexion.
• To keep a cut or scrape from becoming infected, apply the oil near the wound to inhibit the growth of bacteria and promote faster healing.
• Apply the oil directly on the skin to any acne spots or other blemishes to speed up the treatment process.
(*Note: Do a skin test on another part of your body first to detect any skin sensitivity prior to applying full strength to any blemish.)
- Muscle spasms be gone: Use Petitgrain oil to induce relaxation of the muscles, nerves, tissues and blood vessels which in turn, helps to alleviate the spasms. Rub the oil directly on the sore muscle or dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil for easier spreading.
- Use as a nerve tonic: Protect the body from the negative effects of shock, anger and fear. Petitgrain oil strengthens the nervous system and its calming effects can inhibit epileptic attacks and hysteria.
- Clear that mind fog: Diffuse Petitgrain oil or apply the oil to back of the neck and temples (be sure to avoid the eyes). Petitgrain is known for enhancing mental clarity.
- Your personal fragrance: Petitgrain has long been used in the perfume industry as a “top note” due to its light, citrusy, woodsy scent. It is often used in men’s products and is sometimes referred to as “the gentleman’s lavender”.
- Massage and bath oil: The skin is the largest organ in the body so using Petitgrain essential oil in a warm bath or in your favourite massage oil will start the oil’s journey through your bloodstream to quickly reach all parts of your body. Great scent and lovely relaxation at the same time.
- Natural deodorant: The natural antibacterial properties of Petitgrain essential oil lend themselves well as a perfect choice for your personal deodorant / antiperspirant. The oil helps to control excessive sweating, which can lead to body odour– especially during those hot, summer months or a busy workout at the gym.
What essential oils blend well with Petitgrain essential oil?
• Bergamot, geranium, lavender and sandalwood are all excellent choices to blend with Petitgrain essential oil.