|Latin Name||Citrus aurantium amara fol/flos|
|Synonyms||Petitgrain bigarde, Petitgrain Paraguay|
|Extraction||Distillation of the leaves, twigs and flower|
|Origin||Native to China and India, best cultivations from France and Paraquay|
|Plant characteristics||An evergreen tree up to 10 metres high with glossy, dark green leaves from which the essential oil of petitgrain is distilled and fragrant with flowers.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow liquid with a fresh, floral-citrus aroma with a woody undertone.|
|Traditional use||A classic ingredient of eau de cologne. The oil used to be extracted from the tiny, green unripe oranges and hence the name ‘petitgrain’ which means ‘little grains’.|
|Blends well with||Other citrus oils, lavender, geranium and clary-sage essential oil|
|Cautions and comments||No known contra-indications. The common name ‘petitgrain’ is used as a general term for oils distilled from the leaves of citrus trees and so the oil should be specified to indicate that it is indeed from the bitter orange tree.|
|Main chemical constituents||Alcohols 30% – 40%, esters 50% – 70%.Latin name: Citrus aurantium amara fol/flos|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.