Petitgrain Essential Oil

Calming, cheering, stress busting...
the poor man's neroli

Petitgrain essential oil is often used for calming down nervous panic, stress and anger. It soothes your mind, relaxes your muscles and lifts your mood, while also slowing down your heartbeat.

Use it in your aromatherapy diffuser to calm your toddler's tantrums (or anyone else's tantrums for that matter!)

Although petitgrain smells less sweetly floral than neroli, its effect on the nervous system is very similar to neroli, and it costs WAY less. So if you need to be thrifty, you can use it as a substitute for some or all of the neroli in a recipe.

Use petitgrain to ease tension, sadness and insomnia. Use a drop or two in a warm bath before bed or in an aromatherapy diffuser at the end of a long, stressful day.

It's good for clearing up oily, acne-prone skin, while also toning the skin (makes a great facial steam.)

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Botanical Name and Characteristics

Citrus aurantium

Petitgrain oil is one of the 3 essential oils extracted from the orange tree. (Neroli comes from the flowers and orange essential oil comes from orange peel.) Petitgrain is steam-distilled from the leaves and small twigs of the orange tree.

Sweet woody, floral, citrus scent.

Therapeutic Action

Increases mental clarity

Slows rapid heartbeat, supports healthy cardiovascular function

Lifts mood; antidepressant

Clears, brightens and tones skin

Helps ease nervous tension, anxiety and stress

May help reduce cellulite

Promotes restful sleep


Relaxes tense muscles and eases muscle spasms


Soothes minor aches and pains

Antiseptic, disinfectant


Petitgrain's medium-strength top note blends well with bergamot, cedar, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, palmarosa, sandalwood and ylang ylang.


No known cautions.

What Next?

Click on the links below to learn more about properties, safety and blending of some popular essential oils.

Or check out some cool, uplifting recipes using petitgrain essential oil...

Facial Wash Recipe

Acne Facial Scrub

Diffuser Essential Oil Blend

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

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