What is Petitgrain oil?

Petitgrain oil is extracted from the leaves of Citrus aurantium var. amara (Rutaceae family), but was once extracted from the green unripe oranges, when they were still the size of cherries, hence the name Petitgrain or 'little grains.' Petitgrain oil has a lovely fresh and revitalizing scent and is anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, balancing, anti-septic, digestive and a deodorant. It can help with nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions. In aromatherapy, it is used to help skin conditions such as oily skin, acne and infectious skin diseases. Besides, it can also relax the body, eases breathing, muscle spasms and stomach pains.