Many benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oils can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, citrus nature. Citrus fruits in general provide a wealth of medicinal benefits with too many uses to list. The qualities and effects of oils derived from citrus include antidepressant, anti-spasmodic, sedative, deodorant, and nervine properties.
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The Essential Oil of Petitgrain is extracted through steam distillation from tender young twigs and the fresh leaves of orange trees. (Neroli Essential Oil is derived from the flowers of oranges).
Citrus oils, including Petitgrain are used in cooking and in beverages because of their aroma and flavor. I love using them in body products for skincare, and perfumes or body spray. Citrus in general has an uplifting aroma. It just makes you happy! I know it makes me happy. How about you?
Apart from being used in aromatherapy, the citrus Petitgrain essential oil has numerous uses in health and wellness.
Many Benefits Of Petitgrain Essential Oils
Antiseptic: The natural citrus characteristics of Petitgrain make it a superior antiseptic. What exactly does septic mean? Septic is a type of infection caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus. The infections can happen to any unprotected internal or external body part. Symptoms of septic are mostly seen on wounds because they are vulnerable, but are not limited to it. Septic in the urinary tract, urethra, female parts and kidneys are also frequently heard of. Premature babies are also susceptible to becoming septic.
Infection may cause pain in the area or in other areas of the body. Cramps, convulsions, swelling with redness, stiffness in the muscles and joints, abnormal behavior, and even death, in the most extreme cases. Of course, you need to know that I am not a doctor, do not take chances with any infection, but using Petigrain can be an effective means of inhibiting bacterial growth externally or by ingesting. It’s also great for cleaning household items which often harbor bacteria.
Benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oils
Antidepressant: The relaxing effect of Petitgrain Essential Oil induces positive thinking and may help overcome depression and other problems such as anxiety, stress, anger, and fear. It has an uplifting effect. Place a few drops in a diffuser or use as a body spray or perfume.
Antispasmodic: Spasms in lungs and respiratory tracts can result in congestion, breathing troubles and coughs, while in the muscles and intestines, it can give painful cramps, and abdominal aches. The treatment is relaxation of the affected parts of the body. The Essential Oil of Petitgrain is anti-spasmodic because it induces relaxation in the tissues, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. A drop or two in 4-8 oz of water can help, as well as a few drops in the diffuser.
Nausea: also soothes nausea and eliminates the urge to vomit, since it is an anti-emetic.
Skin: It is good for maintaining the moisture and oil balance of the skin. Petitgrain is for treating acne, skin blemishes, dryness and cracking, and ringworm. Be sure to use a carrier oil and do a patch test for sensitivity. The refreshing, energizing, and woody yet floral fragrance of Petitgrain reduces growth of body odor causing bacteria thereby making it an effective deodorant.
Nerves: Petitgrain has a good reputation as a nerve tonic. It is used often for panic attacks, convulsions, and epilepsy because of the soothing and relaxing effect on the nerves. It helps protect them from the adverse effects of shock, anger, anxiety, and fear. It’s a good sedative for palpitations, insomnia, hypertension, inflammations, and even anger.
Weight Loss: petitgrain is a stimulant with appetite suppressing qualities and has been used as a replacement for ephedrine.
DIY Recipes – Benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oils
Blends: The essential oils of bergamot, geranium, lavender, palma rosa, rose wood and sandal wood blend well with Petitgrain.
Use a roller bottle and add 4 drops geranium essential oil, 8 drops petitgrain essential oil, and fill the rest with a carrier oil – like fractionated coconut oil. Use on pressure points, wrists, behind the ears – as a citrus body perfume. Alternatively, add the same drops of oil to a glass spray bottle and fill with witch hazel and a few drops of aloe and carrier oil for a terrific body spray!
Salt Scrub/ Soak
Use one cup of Epsom salt, or sea salt with a couple tablespoons of carrier oil mixed in. Add 4 drops Petitgrain, 2 drops Lavender, and 1 drop Lemongrass or Peppermint. Mix well, then scrub body and soak in the tub. Make sure all the mixture goes into the bath with you!
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