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The bitter orange tree yields a variety of products, including essential oil cold pressed from the fruit peel, neroli distilled from the flowers, petitgrain distilled from the leaves and twigs.


The tree grows to be four to seven meters tall, with brilliant green foliage that is interlaced with an abundance of white, waxy blooms that hold the intoxicating aroma of orange blossom in the springtime.


The name “petitgrain” was first used to mean the small, green fruit of the bitter orange tree, then to name their essential oil. Later, the term was applied to the essential oil obtained from the leaves of the bitter orange.


Aromatherapy Applications:

  • Uplifting & energizing can be blended with lemon, geranium, peppermint, and basil 
  • Great for Insomnia can be  blended with lavender and marjoram 



Botanical Name: Citrus x aurantium amara. 

Family: Rutaceae

Country of Origin: Egypt

Extraction Method: Steam distilled 

Plant Part Used: leaves 

Note: Top note

Aroma: fresh, floral, sweet, orange-flower, woody, herbal, and zesty green

Color: Pale yellow 

Blends well with most essential oils   

Shelf Life: 4 – 5 Years



  • For topical application don’t use directly on the skin, dilute with a carrier oil
  • A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
  • Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs
  • Add 4-5 drops for Diffusing
  • Don’t ingest
  • Keep out of reach of children, Avoid using if pregnant or nursing



  • Essential oil safety ( Tisserand and young ) second Edition
  • Charles Fetrow & Julian Avila (2000) The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicine