If you are feeling a bit “run down”, I just love the fresh boost you get from Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara) essential oil, whether you choose to diffuse it or add it to a blend. It’s aroma has a fresh floral, citrus scent, with woody-herbaceous undertones. Many use it as an alternative to Neroli which is steam distilled from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, whereas Petitgrain is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree. While both have similar properties and aroma, Petitgrain holds its own restorative and revitalizing qualities. The essential oil contains geraniol, linalool, nerol, terpineol, citral, camphene, limonene, among others.
One of the classic ingredients of eau-de-cologne. Extensively used in soaps, cosmetics, perfumery, and detergents. Also used as a flavor component in foods, alcoholic and soft drinks.
Petitgrain is beneficial for calming the nerves and helps to diminish insomnia. Inhaling the oil is said to be strengthening – promoting mental clarity and helping to sharpen the memory. Who can’t use a bit of that? A very good anti-depressant oil, helpful for restoring faith and calming anger of those experiencing any type of betrayal. Due to its gentle antiseptic properties, Petitgrain can be used as a gentle tonic for oily skin, acne and hair/scalp conditions. Two drops are great in a final rinse for healthy hair. It is also beneficial in controlling excessive perspiration.
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