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The essential oil ofPetitgrain dōTERRAit is obtained from Citrus aurantium, a plant of the Rutaceae family. It is an evergreen plant that can reach a height of five or six meters, very common in the countries of the Mediterranean basin, where it is widely cultivated.

L'bitter orangeit differs from the sweet one (Citrus × sinesins, the oranges we eat) for the longer thorns, the darker color of the leaves, for the more intense scent of the flowers and leaves, for the more colorful and rougher skin of the fruit, but above all for the particular bitter taste of the pulp. The leaves are dark green, oval, shiny, with a serrated edge. The flowers are white and very fragrant. When the fruits ripen from green they turn yellow; they contain numerous cloves, rich in juice.


Three different types of essential oils are obtained from the bitter orange plant, depending on the fresh part (drug) used. From the flowers Neroli is obtained with the enfleurage method; from the peel by mechanical pressing we will obtain the essential oil of bitter orange (and sweet orange), while from the fresh leaves and young twigs we distil the Petitgrain, which was once extracted from the seeds, now no longer used.

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Properties and benefits of Petitgrain essential oil

Rebalancingof the nervous system, Petitgrain essential oil relaxes and refreshes the mindin case of headache. Relax in the presence ofirritability,nervousness,tachycardiacaused byanxiety, Andinsomnia. It has a soothing effect on the heart, drives away negative and sad thoughts, disappointment. Attenuatesattacks ofpanic and anger.

Digestive, is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders and in case of indigestion, it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices.

Deodorant, like most essential oils, plays aaction antibacterialAndantiseptic. When diluted in almond oil, it purifies the skin of bacteria that cause bad odors . Recommended in case ofacne, excessive sweating, for oily hair, skin impurities.

Petitgrain: trip to Guatemala with Emily Wright and dr. Hill, from harvesting to distillation with local growers

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How to use

Diffusion: use 3 to 5 drops in the diffuser for a balsamic effect

Topical use: it can be applied pure, applied directly on the area to be treated.

For the massage, mix 5 drops with 10 ml of coconut fractionated oildōTERRA.

Internal use: dilute one drop in 120 ml of water or in a drink

For the bath, mix 8 drops with epsom salt and add to the water

To perfume the skin, mix 1 drop with 10 drops of carrier oil.

WARNINGS   Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a health problem, consult your doctor. Avoid contact with the eyes, the inside of the ears and sensitive areas.

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