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Latin Name: Citrus hystrix
Common Name: Petitgrain (aka Bitter Orange, Sour Orange, Bigarade Orange, Seville Orange, Petitgrain Paraguay, Petitgrain Bigarade)
Botanical Name: Citrus x aurantium L. amara (synonymous with Citrus aurantium, C. aurantium subsp. bigaradia, Citrus aurantium subsp. amara)
Botany: A spiny evergreen tree with dark green glossy leaves, white flowers, and bitter orange fruit.
History: Petitgrain and Neroli both come from the same plant. Petitgrain is from the leaf while Neroli is from the flower.
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation Method: Ethically farmed
Fragrance: Citrus, strong, sweet, woodsy, floral herbaceous
Color of Oil: Clear with a tinge of yellow
Note: Top-Middle Note
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clovebud, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavandin, Lavender, Lime, Melissa, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Petitgrain reduces anxiety, apathy, fatigue and panic. It refreshes the mind and is uplifting.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Petitgrain is antiseptic, anti-fungal, antispasmodic, and antidepressant. It is good for acne, edema, puffiness, and dandruff. Petitgrain also slows rapid heartbeat, eases breathing, and relaxes muscles. It is also an immune system stimulant and a tonic for the digestive system. Other uses for Petitgrain include: candida, epilepsy, asthma, and chronic hepatitis.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Petitgrain is used to stimulate the conscious, and to overcome obsessive and addictive behavioral patterns.
Chemical Constituents: geraniol, geranyl acetate, linalool, linalyl acetate
Common Adulterants: Sweet orange, citrus leaf oils, citrus leaf factions, orange terpenes, fatty aldehydes, linalool (synthetic or bioidentical), linalyl acetate (synthetic or bioidentical), alpha-terpineol (synthetic or bioidentical), neryl acetate (synthetic or bioidentical), geraniol (synthetic or bioidentical)
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin or bath. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Color Energy: Blue - Comforting