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Citrus aurantium

The bitter orange tree is one of the most generous plants as far as its oil yield is concerned. It provides three different types of oils, each as wonderful as the next: Neroli, derives from its flowers, bitter orange oil is pressed from the peel of the fruit, and Petitgrain derives from the twigs and leaves. In the old days, Petitgrain oil also included some small, unripe fruit, hence the name 'Petitgrain', which is French for 'little seed'. However, this reduced the fruit harvest and so the producers eliminated the fruit part of Petitgrain oil, but kept the name. Petitgrain oil is in fact the least fruity of the Orange scents. Its aroma is deeper and more woody. It is one of the classic ingredients of 'Eau-de-Cologne' and used to only be used for perfumery and cosmetics. Aromatherapy has popularised it and it is now included in massage and bath oils and other skin care products for its refreshing and toning properties.

Petitgrain has excellent skin toning properties and can be used in aromatherapy skin care products. It is refreshing and uplifting. It checks excessive perspiration and can be used as a natural deodorant. For hair care, try adding a couple of drops to your conditioner for the final rinse. It combats dandruff and greasy hair while perfuming it with its lovely scent. Petitgrain is mildly anti-depressive and relaxing. Caution: Not recommended during first 4 months of pregnancy.

Petitgrain oil can be used to banish negative energies and protect against mental anguish. It helps to release anger and panic and can heal emotional wounds. It promotes higher levels of consciousness and awareness and may be useful for meditation to calm and clear the mind.

A warm, woody, sweet, lightly fruity scent. Blends well with Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Orange, Neroli, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Palmarosa, Geranium and Frankincense.