Petitgrain Essential Oil

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Petitgrain (pronounced petite-grain) essential oil is a French word that translates to “little grains.” It was given this name because the fruit of the bitter orange tree is quite small for a citrus fruit—about the size of a cherry.

The essential oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs of this tree, and doTERRA sources it from Paraguay in a unique situation where the producers grow, harvest, and distill the plants on their own land for the essential oil.

According to, by supporting rural development projects and small-scale farmers, doTERRA provides an economically viable alternative to clear-cutting land. This helps protect the remaining patches of the Atlantic Rainforest in eastern Paraguay from deforestation. Watch the sourcing video below to learn more!

Petitgrain smells herbaceous, citrus and floral all at the same time, making it a beautiful unique aroma. Petitgrain helps enhance other fragrances, making it a common ingredient in the perfume and cologne industry, you definitely get that high end fragrance aroma, except from the pure plant.

Due to its high Linalool content (which is also found in Lavender) it's a calming oil, and I use it most nights in my diffuser to help me fall asleep. I've had colleagues use it on their big toe or base of spine before going to bed and it's helped them into a deep sleep.

Its calming properties affect the nervous system, digestive system, and cardiovascular system. Interestingly enough, it lessens sweating from nervousness as well as body odor, when applied topically or taken internally. * It's great for easing anxious feelings and stress.

As with any essential oil, there is an emotional healing component. Emotionally, Petitgrain is the oil of ancestry. Which is so fitting when you watch how the farmers in the sourcing video are father and son working together. This oil cultivates a deep appreciation for positive forms of ancestral knowledge, wisdom and family history.

We all carry a portion of our ancestors lives and history: physically, emotionally and through inherited traditions. This oil is especially helpful as an head in healing a complicated family history. It allows us to see the humanness of our family and ancestors, and encourages mindfulness on how to heal wounds, patterns and tendencies of unconsciously repeating family mistakes.

In the same way, Petitgrain allows us to develop our own path outside of our family without seeing that as a departure from the family or betrayal. This is actually healthy. It also allows us to see the gift in our ancestry and heal any unfinished or unresolved issues. For more on generational healing with essential oils, click on my post here.

Blend Petitgrain with other citrus oils you have to support your whole self: mind, body and spirit.

Chemical Constituents

  • Linalyl acetate

  • Linalool

  • Alpha-terpineol

Learn more about the chemical constituents in doTERRA's chemistry wheel.

Top Properties

  • Antidepressant

  • Antiseptic

  • Antispasmodic

  • Cardiotonic

  • Detoxifier

  • Immunostimulant

  • Nervine

  • Sedative

  • Tonic

  • Uplifting

How it smells

  • Fresh, floral, slightly herbaceous


  • Paraguay

Physical Support

  • For bacterial infections and wounds, apply to affected areas or take in a capsule*

  • For spastic cough & congestion, apply to chest, diffuse, or take in a capsule*

  • For abdominal and muscular cramps/spasms, apply diluted to affected area

  • For convulsions and seizures, apply to back of neck, forehead, and/or bottoms of feet

  • For weakened nerves and insomnia, diffuse before going to bed or add a few drops with lavender or bergamot to pillows and bedding

  • For body odor, blend with other oils and apply as perfume, cologne, body spray or body lotion

  • For dandruff and oily hair, add 2 drops to shampoo and apply, lather, soack and rinse

  • For palpitations and hypertension, apply to back of neck, forehead or bottoms of feet

  • For dry, cracked skin and acne, apply to area of concern and add to am/pm facial care regimen

  • For nausea and vomiting, take in a capsule or apply to abdomen

Emotional Support

  • For fearful and anxious thinking, diffuse or inhale from cupped hands

  • For sudden anger, shock and hysteria, diffuse or inhale from cupped hands

  • For nervousness and excessive sweating, diffuse to calm/relax or take in a capsule to calm nervous system and ease anxious feelings*

  • For feelings of being conflicted, use aromatically and topically to feel harmonized

Spiritual Support

  • For healing repeating negative family patterns, loyalty to unhealthy traditions, dishonoring progenitors, disowning ancestry, use aromatically and apply on bottom of feet or base of spine

Ways to Use

  • Learn about the ways to use Petitgrain here!

Companion Oils

  • Douglas Fir

  • Bergamot

  • Citrus oils

  • Cinnamon

  • Cassia

  • Eucalyptus

  • Geranium

  • Lemongrass

How to order

  • If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Get Petitgrain here.

  • Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like.


  • The Essential Life

  • Emotions and Essential Oils


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* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.

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