How Do I Use Petitgrain Oil?
- Personal Aroma: Petitgrain essential oil is a common ingredient in the perfume industry to give body sprays, fragrances, and lotions a fresh, herbaceous aroma. Petitgrain essential oil can be helpful in creating a calm, relaxed environment with its key aromatic notes, and you can take that environment wherever you go when you wear one drop of Petitgrain oil as a person pure-fume or cologne fragrance.
- Bedding Spray: Add five to ten drops of Petitgrain oil to a 30 mL spray bottle with water and use by spraying on your pillows and bedding in the evening to enjoy its scent while preparing for bed. Mist on other blankets throughout the house whenever a cozy space could use an extra dose of calming aroma.
- Aromatic Massage: The relaxing aroma of Petitgrain essential oil can also be a beneficial option to couple with massage. Dilute a few drops of Petitgrain oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil before rubbing on the shoulders, neck, and bottoms of the feet, inhaling deeply to take in the aroma of Petitgrain oil.
Diffusion: Want to create a calming atmosphere in your home, office, or classroom? Diffuse three to five drops of Petitgrain oil in the essential oil diffuser of your choice when you want to create the desired environment. You can also combine Petitgrain with other calming oils like Bergamot oil, Lavender oil, or Eucalyptus oil to further promote an even more relaxing atmosphere.
Petitgrain Oil in Aromatherapy*
Petitgrain essential oil is an especially efficacious essential oil to use in practices of aromatherapy. Petitgrain oil is used in aromatherapy:
- As a nervine/calmative.
- To help relieve joint/muscle pain associated with sprain, strain, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The name Petitgrain is a French word that translates to “little grains.” It was given this name because the fruit of the bitter orange tree is quite small for a citrus fruit, being only about the size of a cherry.
What is Petitgrain Oil?
Petitgrain oil comes from the bitter orange tree, Citrus aurantium. Originally from Southern China, the bitter orange tree was brought to Paraguay in the 19th century, where it now flourishes. The bitter orange tree produces two different doTERRA essential oils: Neroli essential oil is derived from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, and Petitgrain essential oil is taken from the tree’s twigs and leaves, which are steam distilled to produce a refreshing, floral, and herbaceous essential oil.