Getting down to Essentials: Petitgrain Essential Oil

Like so many of the essential oils we use today for health, cosmetic and cleansing purposes, Petitgrain has a history of getting from the Old to the New World.  The essential oil comes from the bitter orange tree, which came from Southern China to Paraguay in the 19th Century. Three essential oils come from this tree, of which Petitgrain is distilled from the leaves and twigs. The other two oils are Neroli and Bitter Orange.[1]

With its fresh, woodsy and citrusy aroma, Petitgrain is widely used in the perfume industry to give body spray, fragrances, lotions and colognes a fresh herbaceous note.[2] It’s also used as a flavoring agent in alcoholic drinks and beverages.

Petitgrain’s scent is not only a welcome addition to cosmetic products, its soothing smell has a number of health benefits. Petitgrain is used as an antidepressant and mood stabilizer. It is considered helpful in calming anxiety, reducing stress and helping with focus and concentration. It also can boost energy by fighting exhaustion and fatigue. [3]

Petitgrain is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic as well.  This makes it an excellent choice for creams, massage oils and gels used for muscle aches and pains.[4]

With its antiseptic properties, Petitgrain curbs the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that can damage skin. The essential oil helps in the healing of wounds, scrapes and cuts. [5]

Petitgrain blends well with other citrus oils: black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, cypress, ginger and patchouli, to name a few. [6]


BIOTONE products that contain Petitgrain are:

 Calming Aromatherapy Massage Lotion Calming massage lotion is made with a 100 percent essential oil blend of Chamomile, Lavender, Rosewood, Tangerine, Petitgrain and Balsam Peru. Contains Jojoba, Avocado and Olive oils, known for their skin soothing benefits. Shea and mango butters give a luxuriously silky feel and smooth finish. This lotion is excellent for all massage modalities. Extended glide with less reapplications. A light, natural aroma helps harmonize the body and comforts the senses. Paraben-free

 Harmony Essential Oil Blend: 100 percent pure. Blend of Rosemary, Lemongrass, Bergamot, and Lemon essential oils. Stimulating to mind and body.

Meditation Essential Oil Blend: 100 percent pure. Blend of Petitgrain, Lavender, Lemongrass and Rosewood essential oils. Creates a feeling of peacefulness.



[1] “Petitgrain Essential Oil, “Health Benefits Times, Accessed April 20, 2021.
[2] IBID
[3] “Petitgrain Essential Oil,” Mom Prepares, Accessed April 20, 2021.
[4] IBID
[5] Deepikatelang84, “15 Essential Benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oil, “ diyhealth remedies, Accessed April 20, 2021.
[6] “Petitgrain Essential Oil,” Mom Prepares
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