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Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain Essential Oil Profile

Also known as Orange Leaf Oil.

Though steam distilled from the same botanical species as neroli and bitter orange, Petitgrain Essential Oil possesses its own characteristically unique aroma. Petitgrain Oil is distilled from the leaves and sometimes the twigs and branches of the tree whereas Neroli Essential Oil is distilled from the blossoms and Orange Essential Oil is typically cold pressed from the rinds of the fruits.

Because it is distilled from the leaves and twigs, it is less floral and less citrusy than Neroli or Orange. It has a beautiful, fresh, woody aroma that blends well with citrus rind and floral oils. It's a joy to work with for aromatic blending.

Emotionally, I find Petitgrain Oil to be uplifting, calming and balancing. I tend to include Petitgrain Oil in my inhalers intended to help ease anxiety and high stress situations. Like Lavender, Petitgrain Oil contains the calming ester linalyl acetate.

Petitgrain Petitgrain Oil

Its aroma is a wonderful addition to blends especially formulated for men (women love it too). Petitgrain is considered an aphrodisiac.

Botanical Name

Citrus aurantium

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves and Twigs

Color

Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Fresh, woody, and slightly floral.

Petitgrain Oil Uses

Acne, fatigue, oily skin, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]

Major Constituents

Linalyl acetate
Linalol
(+)-Limonene
a-Terpineol
Geranyl acetate (reported for Bigarade Petitgrain Oil)
See Essential Oil Safety for complete constituent list and for chemotype differences for Paraguayan Petitgrain Oil.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 107-110. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 374.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Petitgrain Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 374-375.]

Unlike many other citrus oils, Petitrain Oil is not considered phototoxic.

Shelf Life

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