Petitgrain Citrus Aurantium
Distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Citrus aurantium L. (bitter orange) tree, Petitgrain essential oil has a long history of use in perfumery and for its many health benefits. Historically, Petitgrain essential oil has been used for cleaning purposes and it has been used internally to support healthy immune system and nervous system function.* Emerging scientific evidence provides support for these traditional and other uses.
- Diffuse for a calming and relaxing aroma. Blends well with other citrus oils, Cassia, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Lemongrass.
- Take internally to help ease feelings of tension, help calm the nervous system, and promote restful sleep.*
- Before going to bed, add a few drops of Petitgrain along with Lavender or Bergamot to pillows and bedding for its aromatic benefits.
- Add one to two drops to water or juice and drink to help support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, nervous, and digestive systems.*
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Despite being derived from a citrus tree, with high concentrations of linalyl acetate and linalool, Petitgrain is actually more chemically similar to floral and herb essential oils. It’s refreshing combination of citrus, floral, and slightly woody aromatic notes provides some insight into its unique spectrum of benefits. Along with its distinct scent, Petitgrain offers calming, cleansing, and several body system-supporting benefits.
Historically, Petitgrain essential oil has been most commonly used aromatically. The high concentration of linalyl acetate provides benefits similar to that of Clary Sage or Lavender, offering calming and harmonizing properties. Experimental research suggests inhaled Petitgrain may help promote feelings of calmness and encourage relaxation (1-3). When looking to wind down from a long day or to create a comforting environment, the distinct citrusy floral scent of Petitgrain is the perfect aromatic complement.
Like many other citrus-derived essential oils, Petitgrain has a variety of uses for surface cleaning. Experimental research suggests that Petitgrain essential oil has surface cleansing properties, making it an interesting alternative to citrus oils for your kitchen, bathroom, or other household cleaning (4, 5). Use both Petitgrain and Lemon essential oil in your homemade all-natural household cleaner.
Experimental research has uncovered that when consumed, Petitgrain essential oil may support the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, and nervous systems; provide antioxidant support; and even promote sleep (6-11).* Whether beginning a cleanse or looking for a way to prepare to sleep, adding 1–2 drops of Petitgrain to a glass of water, tea, or citrus is a great way to add to your daily health regimen.
The calming, cleansing, and health-supporting benefits of Petitgrain make it a unique addition to doTERRA’s line of single essential oils.
By sourcing Petitgrain from Paraguay through our Co-Impact Sourcing®initiative, dōTERRA is able to support needed rural community development projects and provide diversified income for small-scale farmers. This approach provides an economically viable alternative to clear-cutting land, dramatically helping to protect the remaining patches of the Atlantic Rainforest in eastern Paraguay.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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