Updated: Oct 24
Citrus Aurantium (Var, Amara) (Petitgrain Oil)
I put a few drops of this essential oil in my Aromatherapy necklace today and have been enjoying its subtle scent. It was my husband's essential oil of choice for his massage this week, and it's a lovely oil for many reasons. It smells a bit woody with a mix of citrus/floral tones and makes me think of Autumn (which is perfect as it's October here in the UK at the time of writing).
The oil is derived from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree (which also yields the bitter orange and neroli essential oils). It is used widely in perfumes (especially colognes), soaps, detergents and cosmetics.
Said to be an excellent oil for insomnia, nervous exhaustion, stress-related conditions, and for digestive support (flatulence to be precise! and also indigestion). It's also good for acne and greasy skin and to calm down excessive perspiration.
Blends Well With
and many others...
Soothe Your Soul Inhaler
2 drops petitgrain
2 drops lavender
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Add to your diffuser and breathe deeply for 20-30 minutes. You could do this while meditating or as an evening ritual after a long day in the office.
And now a reward for getting this far down the blog post - a photo of my favourite animal (Photo taken in Zambia 2015)
"The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils" by Julia Lawless - Updated Edition (2014) published by Harper Thorsons
Essential Oil Safety:
Always read the EO safety guidance
Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)
Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes
Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice
Do not use on children younger than 5 without seeking advice
Use lower dilutions for children/elderly
Ensure pets can leave the room if diffusing essential oils
If you have any medical conditions seek advice
Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice
If you are asthmatic or have any other lung condition, test your body response by smelling the caps of each oil before using to ensure the oils do not cause any sensitivity.
For full details of essential oil safety: Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety - E-book . Elsevier Health Sciences.
Get in touch if you'd like to smell any of the oils in my collection, get help with creating your own blend, or have a treatment.
Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.