Aromatherapy for Anxiety Relief – Petitgrain

( Citrus aurantium )

by KG Stiles, Clinical Aromatherapist

Keywords: A warm, refreshing orange aroma that fairly sparkles with brightness. Petitgrain is a top note often used in perfumery. Almost all cologne waters contain some petitgrain oil.

Petitgrain oil has a lovely fresh and revitalizing scent. The finest aroma qualities for therapeutic benefits are obtained from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. Petitgrain from the bitter orange tree is longer lasting than most other citrus oils.

Stabilizing to the emotions Petitgrain has a reputation for calming individuals with high-strung temperaments and volatile dispositions!

Gladdens and softens the heart!

Petitgrain is excellent for relieving rapid heart palpitations, or anxiety and panic.

Inhale Petitgrain to soothe a tense mind and calm upset feelings.

Petitgrain lifts the mood and stabilizes your emotions.

Petitgrain’s sedating and tranquilizing effect on the mind and emotions make it especially useful for inducing restful sleep.

Helpful for coming off tranquilizers, blend with Spikenard to enhance this effect!

A phytoestrogen Petitgrain promotes hormonal balance in both men and women and has an especially good synergy with Clary Sage.

Petitgrain promotes mental clarity and the mind responds with softer thoughts about any life situation you may be experiencing.

Petigrain relaxation of the mind enhances the memory. Research scientists have long reported that laughter aids one’s ability to learn and remember.

Petigrain may be useful for recovering addicts, helping them to detox and overcome substance abuse.

Petitgrain softens the harsh qualities of an insecure ego. Inner defenses and pride are relinquished making genuine communication with others possible.

Petitgrain is excellent to use for acne care, facial edema, or when feeling bloated or experiencing digestive weakness due to emotional stress or unsettled feelings!

You may consider substituting a percentage of the less expensive Petitgrain, in a blend that calls for Neroli blossoms which is also distilled from the bitter orange tree.

In Ayurveda, an ancient system of healing practiced in India, the sour aroma of Petitgrain is used to regulate and pacify Vata imbalances. Symptoms of Vata imbalance are premenstrual syndrome, constipation, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and worry.

BLEND WITH: Atlas and Himalayan Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.

CAUTION: A Photosensitizer – avoid sunlight for 3-4 hours after application to the skin.