Petitgrain

Plant/part: Orange tree/leaves and young shoots (source: central asia, italy, spain )

Latin name: Citrus vulgaris/aurantium

Family: Rutaceae

Note: Middle to top

Extraction: Distillation

Aroma: A rather haunting fragrance alternately woody and floral.

Properties: Revitalising yet relaxing. It has a toning effect on the skin. From the same trees as neroli/orange blossom though petitgrain is distilled from the leaves rather than the petals. Similar properties to neroli, it has deodorant properties and helps to relieve anxiety and stress. Lovely aroma. Good in final rinse for healthy hair, (two drops). Helpful in debilitated states after illness since it seems to act as a mild imuno-stimulant, encouraging general resistance to illness. At the same time, its deodorising.properties could help refresh and revive the body. Reputedly helpful with painful digestion by calming stomach muscles.

Chemical constituents: Linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate, linalol, nerol, termineol.

Precautions: Unknown

Blends: Blends well with: citrus oils, clary sage, rosemary, geranium, lavender, orange and neroli.