Hidden Secrets of Petitgrain Oil & the Petitgrain Plant

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Botanical name (Latin): Citrus aurantium
Plant family: Rutaceae
Aroma profile: Petitgrain Essential Oil smells fresh, sweet, yet tart with subtle floral and woody characteristics.
Perfumery note: Top
Essential oil extraction method: Steam distillation
Native region/origin
: France
Growing habit: 3 metres (10ft) in cultivation
Parts used: Leaves and Twigs.

Benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oil

The chemical structure of Petitgrain oil contributes to its ability to provide calming and relaxing benefits. Essential oils with linalyl acetate and linalool, like Petitgrain, Lavender, and Bergamot are known for their relaxing properties. These chemical compounds contribute to a calming and peaceful environment, which is why Petitgrain can be helpful for promoting restful sleep.

History of Petitgrain Essential Oil

The name Petitgrain is a French word that translates to “little grains.” It was given this name because the fruit of the bitter orange tree is quite small for a citrus fruit—about the size of a cherry. Petitgrain oil comes from the bitter orange tree,Citrus aurantium. Originally from Southern China, the bitter orange tree was brought to Paraguay in the 19th century, and now flourishes easily in this part of the world. The bitter orange tree produces three different essential oils. Petitgrain oil is taken from the tree’s twigs and leaves and steam distilled to produce a refreshing, floral, and herbaceous essential oil. Neroli essential oil is derived from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, and bitter orange essential oil comes from the rinds of the fruit through the process of expression. Petitgrain oil has been used historically for traditional health practices and has been a popular ingredient for the perfume industry since the 18th century.

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