Known for its nerve calming properties, Petitgrain has been widely embraced as an effective natural stress remedy. But like many other essential oils, the benefits of Petitgrain are spread across a variety of health and lifestyle aspects.
In addition to treatment for depression and insomnia, Petitgrain Essential Oil supports a strong immune system and healthy skin. Its woody aroma also makes it a regular ingredient in many brands of air fresheners and perfumes.
Petitgrain essential oil in history
The use of Petitgrain dates back to the 18th century when Grasse in the south of France was the largest producer of the oil. The Grasse industry gradually diminished and is now no larger than a few isolated distillers.
Today, the main producer – of a slightly inferior and cheaper Petitgrain essence than the French variant – is Paraguay. Other producers are Southern Italy, Egypt, and the Mediterranean countries of Northern Africa. Most of the oil extracted each year goes into the food processing industry, where it’s used as a flavouring for drinks, while the rest goes into perfumery and cosmetics, as well as aromatherapy.
Since the primordial times, Petitgrain has been particularly known for its olfactive characteristics, and is extensively used in the making of high-quality perfumes; including the French classic ‘Eau-de-Cologne.'
Additionally, numerous medical systems have recorded the traditional use of Petitgrain essential oil in the treatment of digestive, nervous, and skin problems, and as antitoxins for venomous bites, stings, and worms.
Petitgrain oil uses
The numerous applications of Petitgrain are attributed to its relaxant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant, sedative, and aromatic properties.
Below are some common benefits of Petitgrain essential oil.
Relaxing the mind and comforting the body
Petitgrain is known for its soothing effect, which helps to calm a restless person and remedy insomnia, by overcoming feelings of anger, anxiety, fear, shock, and dejection.
Consequently, the oil is an excellent choice for individuals on the road to recovery from traumatic incidents or long-term illnesses. Its strength as an antidepressant helps to clear off insecurities, fight addictions, and promote healthy sleep.
When used as a massage ointment or bath oil, its therapeutic elements are absorbed through the skin into the blood passage and transported to the entire body. A good Petitgrain massage will enhance blood circulation, calm the mind, promote mental health, and enlighten the soul.
Infections on wounds, in the urethra, gall bladder, urinary tract, and kidneys are very common, not to mention babies are always susceptible to infections when they are born. These infections can cause acute pain in the affected areas, convulsions, stiffness in the muscle and joints, and sometimes death. Petitgrain essential oil can be used as an antiseptic since it fights infection by inhibiting bacterial growth.
Treating nervous afflictions and involuntary spasms
As a nervous stimulant and nerve tonic, Petitgrain essential oil aids in treating nervous complications such as epileptic attacks, convulsions, and seizures, which are brought about by spasms.
Regularly using the oil tones and strengthens the nerves to boost the nervous system and provide relief to the body.
Nourishing the skin
Because Petitgrain is lighter and more refreshing than Neroli and Bitter Orange oil, it’s more suitable for skin problems. When a few drops are added to skin care lotions and creams, its natural antiseptic properties assist in fighting bacteria, fungi and other microbes that make skin infections and wounds worse.
Topical use of Petitgrain also helps to remove skin blemishes and acne; and, in oily skin, it maintains the oil-moisture balance and reduces traces of pimples and abnormal sweating.
By curbing excessive sweating, Petitgrain is a common ingredient in many deodorant products. It also has a delightful aroma, which can cover most traces of body odor.
Petitgrain helps to get rid of bacteria growing in parts of the body that are often hot, covered or sweaty, eliminating body odor.
Other health benefits
Studies show that Petitgrain essential oil contains more than twenty components that help to promote antioxidant and anticancer activities in the body. Cancer cells have exhibited inhibited growth when subjected to Petitgrain.
Furthermore, as a nerve and hormone stimulant, Petitgrain is a known aphrodisiac. It is also anti-emetic, which means it can help to alleviate nausea.
As with all essential oils, internal usage is not recommended, unless working with a qualified practitioner.
When using Petitgrain on the skin, apply a small amount of diluted oil to an insensitive part of the body to make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients.
Keep the bottles away from children, and unless advised by an expert, avoid using Petitgrain oil on babies.
Petitgrain is essentially a relaxant and is, therefore, regarded as safe for pregnant mothers. Nevertheless, expectant mothers should seek the opinion of a professional.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.