Distilled from the leaf of the orange tree, this oil is uplifting and energising. Petitgrain may be used for oily skin and hair and is also circulatory.
Available in 10ml
Latin name: Citrus aurantium amara fol Synonyms: Petitgrain bigarde, Petitgrain Paraguay Plant family: Rutaceae Extraction: Distillation of the leaves and twigs Origin: Native to China and India, best cultivations from France and Paraquay
Plant characteristics: An evergreen tree up to 10 metres high with glossy, dark green leaves from which the essential oil of petitgrain is distilled and fragrant with flowers.
Oil characteristics: A pale yellow liquid with a fresh, floral-citrus aroma with a woody undertone.
Traditional use: A classic ingredient of eau de cologne. The oil used to be extracted from the tiny, green unripe oranges and hence the name ‘petitgrain’ which means ‘little grains’.
Blends well with: Other citrus oils, lavender, geranium and clary-sage.
Cautions and comments: No known contra-indications. The common name ‘petitgrain’ is used as a general term for oils distilled from the leaves of citrus trees and so the oil should be specified to indicate that it is indeed from the bitter orange tree.
Main chemical constituents: Alcohols 30% – 40%, esters 50% – 70%.
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.