The petit grain essential oil has health benefits that can be attributed to its abilities as a sedative, nervine, deodorant, an antidepressant, antispasmodic, and antiseptic substance.
As treasure troves of wonderful medicinal properties, citrus fruits have earned their significant spot in the world of herbal medicines and aromatherapy. As time passed by, we were able to find another essential oil obtained from our popular citrus fruit, which is no other than the thirst-quenching and refreshing orange fruit. Citrus Aurantium is the botanical name of orange. As you can remember, there had already been studies about the essential oil acquired from orange. You might be asking how different is this one.
The orange’s essential oil is basically extracted from the orange peels by cold compression, but the Petitgrain’s essential oil is extracted from the young and tender twigs, and the fresh leaves of the orange tree through the process of steam distillation. Trans ocimene, neryl acetate, myrcene, linalyl acetate, linalool, geranyl acetate, geraniol and gamma terpineol are the main compenents of the Petitgrain essential oil. You might also want to be aware that the Neroli Essential Oil is extracted from the oranges’ flowers.
Now we all know that no part of the orange tree goes to waste. But are you still wondering where its name was derived? This is because previously, the oil is obtained from young and green oranges, which have the size of a pea- hence the Petitgrain name. Because of its remarkable aroma, this oil is used in beverages and foods as a flavoring agent, and it is also extensively used in the cosmetics and perfume industries.
The petitgrain oil has a lot of uses in herbal medicine, apart from being used in aromatherapy. Listed below are its medicinal uses.
Petitgrain Essential Oil’s Health Benefits
Sedative: It is an effective sedative for all kinds of nervous issues like irritations, inflammations, sudden anger, anxiety and afflictions. You can also use it as a cure for conditions like insomnia, hypertension and abnormal palpitations.
Nervine: Having a good reputation as a nerve tonic, this oil has relaxing and soothing effect on the nerves. It also protects the nerves from the bad effects of fear, anxiety, anger and shock. The oil is also effective in calming epileptic and hysteric attacks, convulsions and nervous afflictions. Lastly, as a whole, it makes the nerves and the nervous system stronger.
Deodorant: The petitgrain oil has an energizing, a refreshing and delightfully woody but floral aroma that does not leave any trace of body odor. The oil also prevents bacteria growth in the parts of the body that are always exposed to sweat and heat, as well as the parts covered by clothes so the sunlight can’t reach them. This essential oil prevents various skin infections and body odor that causes bacterial growth.
Antidepressant: The petitgrain oil helps in overcoming fear, anger, stress, anxiety and depression because of its relaxing effect. It induces positive thinking and uplifts the mood.
Antispasmodic: We are sometimes unable to detect the reasons why we are suffering from continuous exhausting coughs, convulsions, intestinal pulls, congestion, and abdominal and muscular cramps. There might actually a possibility that these issues are caused by spasms. Spasms are excessive, involuntary and unwanted contractions in the nerves, tissues and muscles. Spasms in muscles and intestines can give painful cramps and abdominal aches, while spasms in the respiratory organs like lungs and respiratory tracts, can lead to coughs, breathing troubles and congestion. Also, the spasms on the nerves can result in convulsions, afflictions and can even trigger hysteric attacks. Relaxation of the affected body parts is the treatment, which the antispasmodic substance does exactly. Being a natural antispasmodic, the essential oil of petitgrain induces relaxation in the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and tissues, therefore helping to heal spasms.
Antiseptic: Most of us are somehow acquainted with the word “septic” and we frequently hear it, but we seldom try to investigate into its details. We all just know that whenever there is a wound, it is enough to stick any medicated strip or “Band-Aid”, or topically put an antiseptic cream or lotion on it and it is done. And in cases wherein the wound gets worse and there is already a reddish swell around it, we immediately go to the doctor, get in injection and the issue is solved. But, did you ever wonder if you can get septic without having wounds? What is the meaning of septic and what are its causes? How serious can septic be?
First of all, septic is basically a kind of infection that can happen to any unprotected or open body part, internal or external, and is caused by a type of bacteria specifically called Staphylococcus Aureus. And because wounds are most of the time sensitive to infection (since it is exposed and open), the symptoms of septic are therefore mostly seen on wounds but are definitely not limited to that. We frequently hear of the septic in the kidneys, gall bladder, urinary tracts and urethra. Babies who are neo-natal are very much susceptible to septic. This specific infection can trigger an acute pain in the affected areas or the whole body, abnormal behavior, stiffness in the joints and muscles, swelling with redness, convulsions, cramps, and in most extreme cases, it can lead to death. The new born babies mostly get this infection the moment their umbilical cord is cut to detach from the body of their mother, and this septic can result to their tragic death. An antiseptic like the petitgrain essential oil, is powerful in fighting this infection by preventing the growth of bacteria. And since this oil is non-irritant and non-toxic, it can be safely ingested or applied externally.
Other Benefits of the Petitgrain oil: This oil is also beneficial in maintaining the oil balance and moisture of the skin as well as treating ring worm, cracking and dryness of the skin, abnormal sweating (those who have nervousness problems), pimples and acne. And since the oil is also an anti-emetic, it also soothes nausea and reduces the urge to vomit. It can also provide a refreshing and cool feeling, when used in the summer.
Tips: This oil blends well with other essential oils like sandal wood, rose wood, Palma Rosa, lavender, geranium and bergamot.
Caution: There are no threats or adverse effects detected in this essential oil.