Several different essential oils are created from pomelo and mandarin orange hybrid better known as the bitter orange tree. Petitigrain oil is extracted from leaves and branches. Neroli comes from the flowers and bitter orange oil is cold pressed from fruit peels. An early product was neroli oil, popularized after the Italian princess Anna-Marie de Nerola used bitter orange blossoms to scent her gloves. Petitgrain came next and was originally extracted from the small, unripe fruit of the tree, a practice which has stopped but resulted in the oil’s name, which means “little grain” in French[. Today the oil is extracted from leaves and branches, lending a woody scent but with many of the same benefits as neroli, which comes from the flowers.
Treatments using this tree were popular among Arabian physicians in the Middle Ages and in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat nausea, indigestion, cardiovascular conditions, and more. It gained attention in the early 2000s as a possible substitute to ephedra, an herb added to weight loss supplements.
Petitgrain is thought effective against cuts and scrapes, particularly at deterring sepsis. Its sedative effects may calm nervous tension and control sudden outbursts of anger, irritation, and heart palpitations. It’s thought to aid epilepsy and seizures, relax muscular spasms or cramps, and benefit overall central nervous system functioning. Emotionally calming effects may balance compulsive or controlling habits. Aromatherapy users find it helps to heal emotional wounds, ease anguish and pain, relieve agitated feelings, and lighten mental obstacles.
Organic petitgrain essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy essential. You will absolutely love the complex yet refreshing scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Petitgrain
- Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium l
- Country of Origin: Italy
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Leaves and Twigs
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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