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Petitgrain Essential Oil


Petitgrain has often been called “man’s lavender” as it contains much of the same chemistry and benefits of lavender, but without the floral scent. Petitgrain oil is sourced from the same kind of trees as Neroli oil, it just comes from the leaves and twigs instead of buds. Used in aromatherapy for its calming, uplifting properties, and is great for the skin.

Name of Oil:  Petitgrain

Latin Binomial:  Citrus aurantium subsp. amara

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  China, France, Italy, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Spain, Africa, Paraguay

Scent Profile:  Fresh, sweet, tart, woody, slightly floral

Parts used in distillation:  Leaves and twigs

Oil Characteristics: Clear with a tinge of yellow, thin, top note, medium intensity

Cultivation:  Certified Organic

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Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Dyspepsia, uplifting, refreshing, nervous exhaustion, stress, depression, insomnia, nervous asthma, acne, skin blemishes, reduces oil production in skin.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Revitalizing, balancing and restoring.


Important in perfumery and soap scenting

Chemical Constituents

geraniol, linalool, nerol, a-terpineol, geranylacetate, linalyl acetate, myrcene, neryl acetate, trans-ocimene

Safety & References

Safety Data:

Non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young 

The Complete Book of Essential Oils &Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer PeaceRhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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