Did you know it’s possible for a single Essential Oil to help with everything from calming you down to lowering high blood pressure? It is! Petitgrain essential oil is one of the oils that helps with so many things. It’s a must have for your at home medicine cabinet.

Petitgrain is an essential oil that is derived from the Bitter Orange Tree in Paraguay. Petitgrain means “petite grain”. It comes from the young, bitter orange tree. Petitgrain is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Bitter Orange Tree. It’s from Paraguay and has been used for hundreds of years throughout South America.

Petitgrain is a diverse and complex essential oil that has similar constituents to Lavender and Bergamot.  It has a refreshing, energizing and delightfully woody aroma, with a hint of a floral and herbaceous smell too.  Petitgrain has been widely used in the perfume industry for years because of its fresh, floral and earthy smell.  It has such a delightful woody smell that often it has been known as “the mans lavender oil”.  But Petitgrain isn’t just used for its wonderful aroma.


Benefits of Petitgrain


Nervous System

Petitgrain is excellent for helping with supporting the nervous system.  It supports the nervous system through its ability to help ease feelings of tension, anxiety, stress, anger, fear and depression.  It assists with calming the brain of anxiousness and eases feelings of tension, which therefore creates a sense of peace and happiness.

This peace and happiness uplifts the mood and induces positive thinking which then helps ease insomnia and promotes a more restful nights sleep.  With the increase of calm feelings and the reduction of sadness, anger and anxiety, more restful sleep will follow.  This sense of calmness will assist with greater cognitive function and support of the nervous system.


Immune System

Petitgrain can help with supporting a healthy immune system, as well, with its ability to reduce stress and anxiety.  Stress and anxiety have a suppressive action on immune cells and Petitgrain helps these immune cells to reach normal levels, because of its ability to decrease stress.  Healthy, normal immune cell level is critical for the healthy functioning of the immune system.

Stress responses in our body increase strain upon the immune system by raising blood pressure, and cause an increased heart rate.  People who suffer from chronic or long term stress can experience symptoms like anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and physically, they risk high blood pressure, heart disease and digestive problems.  With the use of Petitgrain, stress levels are significantly decreased, and immune cells are raised to normal levels.


Blood Pressure

Petitgrain can also help to support healthy blood pressure levels and cardiovascular function.  Petitgrain can lower high blood pressure with its ability to dilate arteries and blood vessels.  When Petitgrain is used, it acts as an antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress and decreases emotional stress, which in turn lowers the bodies stress levels and decreases anxiety, and supports a healthy blood pressure level.

A healthy blood pressure level reduces heart palpitations with calming of the heart and improves circulation throughout the body.  The emotional balancing benefits of Petitgrain improve our breathing, lifts depression and alleviates nervous anxiety, which brings calmness and ease to a stressed out nervous system, which is often the leading cause of high blood pressure.


Skin Imperfections

Petitgrain essential oil helps with the reduction of the appearance of skin imperfections.  Petitgrain helps to maintain moisture and oil balance of the skin, which makes it an excellent oil for all skin types.  Petitgrain can decrease acne and pimples, and helps to control abnormal sweating, dryness and cracking of the skin.  Petitgrain helps to regenerate the skin cells and improves elasticity of the skin. Elasticity of the skin is imperative when we want to control skin imperfections.


Ways to Use Petitgrain

Petitgrain can be used in 3 different ways:  aromatically, topically and internally

Aromatically – Petitgrain can be diffused for a calming and relaxing aroma, and it blends well with all other citrus oils.  Before bedtime, you can diffuse a few drops of Petitgrain, along with Lavender or Bergamot for an incredibly restful nights sleep.

Topically – add one to two drops of Petitgrain to the desired area, with a carrier oil, to calm the heart and to help with the stabilization of normal blood pressure levels.   For skin imperfections add a few drops of petitgrain to fractionated coconut oil and apply it to any skin imperfections 2x a day.  It is excellent at helping to maintain the moisture and oil balance of the skin.

Internally –  you can dilute one drop of Petitgrain in 4 fluid ounces of liquid to help ease the the feeling of tension, to calm the nervous system and to promote a more restful nights sleep.  To support healthy blood pressure levels add  2 drops of Petitgrain into water or in a gel cap and take 2x a day. You can add 1-2 drops of Petitgrain to an herbal tea or other hot beverage to enhance flavor and provide these calming benefits as well.

Petitgrain is such a versatile, complex and soothing essential oil, that it can be used in a multitude of ways to assist with maintaining proper heart function, healthy blood pressure levels, support to your immune system and your nervous system, as well as improving your skin imperfections.


If you would like to purchase doTERRA’s Petitgrain Essential Oil, you can do that here at my online store found here. 

I can also help you to set up a wholesale account with doTERRA, and get you your products for up to 55% off.  Please contact me here if you would like my help in learning how to incorporate doTERRA’s essential oils into your own home.

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