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Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium


Helps Skin Health
Promotes Calm
Supports Circulation


Aroma: Fresh, Floral, Herbaceous.
Produced from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange plant, Petitgrain is known as “poor man’s Neroli” due to its lower cost and similarity in fragrance with its own place in perfumery and cosmetics.
Petitgrain - Aroma
History: Petitgrain was used for medicinal purposes in China, Haiti and South America to treat digestion, nausea, colds and flu and skin blemishes long before the process of distillation had been invented. Sharing history with Neroli, it originated in South-East Asia, arriving in Seville by the end of the 12th Century. It was also one of the first of the orange species to reach the ‘New World’ in 1493 on Columbus’ second voyage. The name “Petitgrain” originates from the French “little grains” due to the fact that it was originally extracted from the small, unripe oranges.
- Helps Skin Health
- Promotes Calm
- Supports Circulation
How Does Petitgrain Aid Skin Health?
In Neroli’s shadow, Petitgrain is an unsung skincare hero. It has the ability to soothe the skin thanks to its antimicrobial and inflammation-soothing effects, treating red or irritated skin. Its astringent properties mean that Petitgrain is good at evening out the skin tone and helping to reduce the appearance of pores. It has a balancing effect on the skin’s oil levels, helping blemish-prone skin.
Petitgrain-Skin Health
Can Petitgrain Help the Nervous System?
Petitgrain is a sedative that helps to treat a variety of nervous ailments. It calms the nerves and protects them from the effects of anxiety, shock and anger. It also helps to promote sleep. Petitgrain includes gently uplifting qualities that give it its long-standing associations with self-confidence, helping to encourage feelings of comfort and bravery, boosting self-esteem.
Does Petitgrain Aid Circulation?
It helps to lower blood pressure by increasing dilation of blood vessels, so by extension, promoting healthy blood circulation. Its soothing effects induce relaxation in the muscles and nerves, which has a calming effect on heart problems arising from tension, such as palpitations and an irregular heartbeat. It has a compound called linalyl acetate, giving Petitgrain its remedial properties.
Aromatherapy – Add to a diffuser to evoke a gently uplifting and relaxing atmosphere.
Bath – Add to a dispersant to bring calm to the body in preparation for sleep.
Cleaning – Follow a trusted recipe to make the most of Petitgrain’s antimicrobial qualities.
Massage – Add to a carrier oil to help boost circulation and treat skin.
Skincare – Add to a base lotion or oil to benefit from Petitgrain’s toning and cleansing properties.
Candles and Soap – Suitable as a top or middle note for blends.

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