Greek Petitgrain Organic Essential Oil
Greek Petitgrain Organic Essential Oil
Common names: bitter orange leaf oil, Seville orange leaf, orange petitgrain, sour orange leaf, petitgrainbigaradeorbigarade from French production, oil produced in Paraguay is referred to as ‘petitgrain Praguay’, (sometimes also known as Poor Man's Neroli due to the aromatic similarity and a much lower price tag)
Latin name: Citrus x aurantium
Method of extraction:distilled
Plant part used to extract the oil:leaves and twigs
Cultivation method: organic cultivation
Area of origin: Chalkidiki, Central Macedonia, Greece
Citrus trees have been cultivated in Greece for hundreds of years. Bitter orange tree is a popular ornamental, known as nerantziá or kitromiliá. While the petitgrain oil is distilled from the leaves, the fruits are highly priced and used for preparation of so called ‘spoon sweets’ (preserves, usually made from sour or bitter fruits, served in a spoon as a gesture of hospitality).
Main chemical constituents: linalyl acetate, linalool, alpha-terpineol, geranyl acetate, trans-beta-ocimene, neryl acetate, myrcene, geraniol ,nerol, limonene, beta-pinene, others
Colour: clear, very pale yellow
Aroma strength: medium
Perfumery note:top to middle
Aroma: sweet, yet tart, fresh with subtle floral nuances of orange blossom scent (Neroli) and woody characteristics
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:
- Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments petitgrain is associated with the following therapeutic properties: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, digestive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, stabilising to the nervous, stimulant (digestive system), tonic
- Qualified aromatherapists may use petitgrain essential oil for common complaints such as:
- skin conditions: acne, overproduction of sebum, blemishes, tonifying; deodorising products
- digestive issues: spasmodic conditions, indigestion, dyspepsia
- nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions like insomnia, stabilising to the nervous system, refreshing, uplifting
- respiratory issues - asthma aggravated by anxiety and depression.
- How we use it:
- Inhalation / Vapourisation:
Try to vapourise or use in a personal inhaler:
- to alleviate stress, nervous tension, anxiety- it blends well with our mandarin oil. Alternatively combine with clary sage, geranium, lavender, sweet orange, or exotics such as ylang-ylang or Australian sandalwood.
- For insomnia – blend with Roman chamomile, lavender, clary sage or sweet marjoram
- Vapourise for uplifting, anti-depressant effect – try with other citruses, e.g. sweet orange or bergamot, florals such as lavender, geranium, ylang-ylang or Australian sandalwood.
- Invigorating, energising combinations: try with ginger, lemon, rosemary or peppermint
- Skin applications:
- The above suggestions will also work in massage blends. Dilute well in a fixed oils (carrier oil) before use.
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Petitgrain Essential Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 'Essential Oil Safety' (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 374.]
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.
Research and studies:
- Volatile Constituents and Antioxidant Activity of Peel, Flowers and Leaf Oils of Citrus aurantium L. Growing in Greece
- Chiral Compounds of Essential Oils. XX. Chirality Evaluation and Authenticity Profiles of Neroli and Petitgrain Oils
- Italian Citrus Petitgrain Oils. Part I. Composition of Bitter Orange Petitgrain Oil
- Chemical compounds and antimicrobial activity of petitgrain (Citrus aurantium L. var. amara) essential oil
- Biological Activities and Safety of Citrus spp. Essential Oils