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.)

Click to buy petitgrain essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs or read on to learn more...

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

  • Lifts mood; antidepressant

  • Helps ease nervous tension, anxiety and stress

  • Promotes restful sleep

  • Relaxes tense muscles and eases muscle spasms

  • Soothes minor aches and pains

  • Slows rapid heartbeat, supports healthy cardiovascular function

  • Clears, brightens and tones skin

  • May help reduce cellulite

  • Detoxifies

  • Deodorant

  • Antiseptic, disinfectant

Buy Petitgrain essential oil from doTerra.

doTerra's website is a little clunky, so it takes about 4 steps to add it to your shopping cart, but if you want something that's super effective, the few extra clicks are  worth it!

You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale thing - why spend more than you have to, right?


Petitgrain's medium-strength top note blends well with:  

  • bergamot
  • cedar
  • clary sage
  • geranium
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • palmarosa
  • sandalwood
  • ylang ylang


No known cautions.

Buy Petitgrain essential oil from Amazon. Please remember to buy the best oils you can afford - there's a lot of cheap oils in the marketplace, and they just won't give you the experience you're looking for.

What Next?

Cool, Uplifting Petitgrain Recipes

Try some cool, uplifting recipes using petitgrain essential oil...

Tea Tree Facial Wash Recipe

Gentle enough for daily use. This facial wash recipe uses natural, healthy ingredients that don't irritate or strip your skin.

Stress Relief Massage Oil

This is a perfect aromatherapy stress remedy for the end of a long, hectic day - or anytime you feel frazzled, anxious or overwhelmed.

Relaxing Woodsy Diffuser Blend

Change your diffuser essential oils when the mood strikes. This recipe has a deep and rich scent with a hint of sweetness. Not too girly.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

More Essential Oil Properties

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