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12 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

Petitgrain Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Made from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree, petitgrain can give your mind a boost.

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Citrus fruit of the petitgrain tree (Orange Bitter tree)

Joyful petitgrain has been popular in perfumery for many years, but its long list of therapeutic benefits has only recently been discovered by the aromatherapy community.

The name ‘petitgrain’ means ‘little grain’, referring to the fact that petitgrain oil used to be extracted from the small, unripe fruits of the bitter orange tree. Nowadays the oil is extracted from the leaves and small twigs of the tree. It boasts wonderful benefits for the body and mind, protecting our health and helping us to feel more positive and productive.

Petitgrain oil is often confused with orange oil or neroli oil. All three oils are extracted from different parts of the same tree – petitgrain oil from the leaves and twigs, neroli oil from the blossoms, and orange oil from the fruit.

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Petitgrain essential oil improves productivity.

The citrussy scent of petitgrain has been shown to boost our productivity and improve our mental attitude towards work. A study in 2016 showed performance in the workplace could be significantly improved by the inhalation of petitgrain essential oil. It is theorised that the oil has a balancing effect on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems – this decreases stress levels whilst increasing alertness and helping us to remain at our most productive. Diffusing petitgrain essential oil in your place of work may give your productivity a natural boost.

Potted Petitgrain trees (Orange Bitter Trees)

It’s an antioxidant.

A study in 2013 found that petitgrain oil displays high antioxidant activity. Antioxidant oils can help to inhibit the effects of free radicals and toxins in the body and prevent damage caused by oxidative stress. This protects cells and helps us to guard against some serious diseases. Inhaling petitgrain oil can offer a natural boost to your bodies defensive system.

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It’s a natural cleaning agent.

Research suggests that petitgrain oil could be a great addition to home cleaning sprays. A study in 2018 found that petitgrain displays significant antibacterial activity, helping to attack harmful bacteria and keep us safe from infection. Adding a few drops of petitgrain essential oil to a spray bottle of water makes for a natural cleaning product that will leave your home smelling fragrant and citrussy.

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It can increase confidence.

Petitgrain has long-standing associations with self-confidence. Considered a joyful oil, many people find that petitgrain is able to promote feelings of comfort and bravery. This allows us to feel more self-assured. Inhaling petitgrain oil may inspire positivity and act as a natural boost to self-esteem.

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    In aromatherapy, no part of the bitter orange tree is wasted, and each of its different oils can have a positive impact on our physical and mental health. Adding petitgrain essential oil to your collection is a wonderful way to protect the health of you and your family and bring a little extra positivity into your home.

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    Petitgrain Essential Oil 10ml Bottle | Nikura

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