Chemistry of Petitgrain Essential Oil


Introduction

Distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Citrus aurantium L. (bitter orange) tree, Petitgrain essential oil has a long history of use in perfumery and for its many health benefits. Despite being derived from a citrus tree, with high concentrations of linalyl acetate and linalool, Petitgrain is actually more chemically similar to floral and herb essential oils. Its refreshing combination of citrus, floral, and slightly woody aromatic notes provides some insight into its unique spectrum of benefits. Along with its distinct scent, Petitgrain offers calming, cleansing, and several body system-supporting benefits.

 

History

Historically, Petitgrain essential oil has been most commonly used aromatically. The high concentration of linalyl acetate provides benefits similar to that of Clary Sage or Lavender, offering calming and harmonizing properties. Experimental research suggests inhaled Petitgrain may help promote feelings of calmness and encourage relaxation.1-3 When looking to wind down from a long day or to create a comforting environment, the distinct citrusy floral scent of Petitgrain is the perfect aromatic complement.


Uses

Like many other citrus-derived essential oils, Petitgrain has a variety of uses for surface cleaning. Experimental research suggests that Petitgrain essential oil has surface cleansing properties, making it an interesting alternative to citrus oils for your kitchen, bathroom, or other household cleaning.4,5 Use both Petitgrain and Lemon essential oil in your homemade all-natural household cleaner.

 

Experimental research has uncovered that when consumed, Petitgrain essential oil may:

  • support cardiovascular system
  • support digestive system
  • support immune system
  • support nervous system
  • provide antioxidant support
  • promote sleep6-11*

Whether beginning a cleanse or looking for a way to prepare to sleep, adding one to two drops of Petitgrain to a glass of water, tea, or citrus is a great way to add to your daily health regimen.


The calming, cleansing, and health-supporting benefits of Petitgrain make it a unique addition to doTERRA’s line of single essential oils.

 

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