Petitgrain oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, balancing, anti-septic, digestive and a deodorant. In aromatherapy, it is used to help skin conditions such as oily skin, acne and infectious skin diseases; Petitgrain essential oil is also used to calm the nervous system, in respiratory infections, for anxiety and panic attacks and depression. It can help ease insomnia, indigestion, constipation and emotional stomach ache symptoms.
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara) essential oil is very similar to orange blossom (Neroli) essential oil this is because both are obtained from the bitter orange tree. Petitgrain means "little grain" in French Language, a possible reference to the visible essential oil sacs in the leaves of the tree. Petitgrain essential oil is obtained from the leaves and flowers of the bitter orange tree.