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Essential Oil: Petitgrain

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The Essential oils of Petitgrain, Neroli, Bitter Orange are all harvested from the same plant (Bitter orange or Citrus aurantium), but the essential oils are extracted from different parts. Petitgrain is extracted from the Leaves, whereas Neroli comes from the flowers and Bitter Orange is extracted from the rind of the fruit.

Essential Oil of Petitgrain

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PETITGRAIN (Citrus aurantium)

Other Names: Citrus Aurantium is also known as bitter orange, green orange, sour orange, or Seville orange.

Family: Labiatae

Extraction Process: Steam Distillation

Parts Used: Leaves

Major Constituents: Similar to Neroli and Orange Oils.

According to Alvarez (2004), Citrus aurantium L. contains the following constituents:

Leaf: essential oil (0.2–0.4%) (monoterpene hydrocarbons [limonene], alcohols [linalol, nerol, and methyl antranilate]), flavonoid-glycosides (hesperidine), tetranortriterpenoids (limonin) (Arteche García, 1998; Font Quer, 1992, p. 435; Hou et al., 2000a).

Flower: essential oil (0.05–0.5%) (monoterpene hydrocarbons [limonene], alcohols [linalol, nerol, and methyl antranilate]) (Arteche García, 1998).

Fruit: flavanone (Hou et al., 2000b).

Peel: essential oil (2%) (monoterpene hydrocarbons [limonene 90% ]), bitter (naringoside, neohesperidoside) and non-bitter (hesperidoside, rutoside, and sinensetoside) flavonoids, furanocoumarins, meranzin, nobiletin, tangeretin, flavonoid-glycosides (hesperidin, neohesperidin, naringin, narirutin, rhoifolin), mineral salts, pectin, organic acids (ascorbic, citric, malic) (Tsuchida et al., 1996 and Arteche García, 1998).  

Note Value: Top-Middle

Aromatic Description: Fresh, floral, citrusy, lighter in fragrance than neroli and slightly woody.

Energy Centre: Solar Plexus

Contraindications and Cautions: Some individuals may experience dermal sensitivity, and phototoxicity may be a problem.

Major Organs/Organ Systems: Nervous system, Skin, Digestive system

Actions: Sedative, Anti-Phlogistic (Anti-inflammatory), Vulnerary

Indications: Acne, oily skin, stress, dyspepsia, fatigue, poor and sluggish digestion, anxiety, insomnia, irritability and restlessness.

Mode of Application:

  • Internally: Honey Water, Inhalation, Infusion of the leaves
  • Externally: Oil Blend, Baths, Compresses, Cream, Lotions.

Mental/Emotional: Sedating, Calming, Euphoric.

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