Petitgrain (Bitter Orange Leaf)
TIMELESS Pure Therapeutic Petitgrain (Bitter Orange Leaf) essential oil
Essential oil made from the leaves of any citrus tree may be labelled Petitgrain. The finest Petitgrain essential oil is made from the leaves of the Bitter Orange tree.
Botanical name : Citrus x aurantium var amara or Citrus bigardia
Extraction method / Source : Steam Distilled / Leaves
Aroma : Fresh sweet floral with woody undertones
Note classification : Top Odor Intensity : 3
Key constituents : Linalyl acetate, linalool, alpha-terpineol, myrcene, trans ocimene, geranyl acetate, geraniol (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Shelf Life: 2 years or longer, if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.
Plant description : Botanical family : Rutaceae Citrus x aurantium, or Bitter Orange tree is a hybrid evergreen which is native to southern China and northeastern India, but is now widely cultivated in many subtropical and tropical areas around the globe. It produces thorny branches, glossy dark green leaves, and fragrant white flowers which develop into dimpled orange fruits.
Regions of Production : Italy
Growing Practices : Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Properties : Antibacterial, antidepressant, antispasmodic, deodorant, digestive, sedative, stomachic, tonic. Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits : Soothes after-exercise stiffness. Helpful in relieving dyspepsia, or indigestion. Helps stabilize the nervous system and relieve nervous exhaustion. Reduces stress related symptoms such as nervous asthma, anxiety and depression. Used in bath and deodorant products. Useful in managing oily skin conditions such as acne.
Modes of Administration : Topical : massage, compress, ointments, skin care. Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer. Often used in natural perfume making.
Fragrant influences: Uplifting, improves mental clarity, helps to calm anger, nerves and anxiety, balances the emotions, helpful for meditation.
Safety : Non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing
Blends well with : Basil, Benzoin, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus Lemon, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
History / Fun Facts : Citrus x aurantium, also known as Bitter Orange, gives us three delightful essential oils. Neroli is distilled from the sweet, fragrant blossoms, Petitgrain is distilled from the fresh green leaves and Bitter Orange is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit. The Seville orange (Citrus bigardia) is used in the production of marmalade, compotes and liqueurs.
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