Petitgrain (leaf & flower) Essential Oil
Distilled from the leaf and flower of the orange tree, Petitgrain on Flower Essential oil oil is exotic and rich. It is useful for dry and mature skin conditions and for everyday stresses and strains.
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How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.
|Latin Name||Citrus aurantium amara fol/flos|
|Synonyms||Petitgrain bigarde, Petitgrain Paraguay|
|Extraction||Distillation of the leaves, twigs and flower|
|Origin||Native to China and India, best cultivations from France and Paraquay|
|Plant characteristics||An evergreen tree up to 10 metres high with glossy, dark green leaves from which the essential oil of petitgrain is distilled and fragrant with flowers.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow liquid with a fresh, floral-citrus aroma with a woody undertone.|
|Traditional use||A classic ingredient of eau de cologne. The oil used to be extracted from the tiny, green unripe oranges and hence the name ‘petitgrain’ which means ‘little grains’.|
|Blends well with||Other citrus oils, lavender, geranium and clary-sage essential oil|
|Cautions and comments||No known contra-indications. The common name ‘petitgrain’ is used as a general term for oils distilled from the leaves of citrus trees and so the oil should be specified to indicate that it is indeed from the bitter orange tree.|
|Main chemical constituents||Alcohols 30% – 40%, esters 50% – 70%|