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A tribute to Petitgrain Mandarin and Petitgrain Lemon

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

A Tribute to Petitgrain Mandarin and Petitgrain Lemon is presented by Helen Nagle-Smith BA, MIFPA in the autumn issue of Aromatika Magazine. A true appreciation for the specific individuality the various citrus plants have to offer.


"Petitgrain essential oils are produced by steam distilling the leaves of citrus fruits. However, when aromatherapists mention Petitgrain, they usually refer specifically to Citrus x aurantium (commonly known as the bitter orange tree). There are numerous petitgrains on the market, e.g. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Combava (Citrus hystrix DC.), Lemon (Citrus limon) and Mandarin (Citrus reticulata). Petitgrains have some common benefits, e.g. being good for stress, but they also have intriguing elements that demonstrate their uniqueness. Perhaps we shouldn’t make too many generalised statements about Petitgrain without being specific about which one we are referring to, as they differ aromatically, chemically and subtly. Not all Petitgrains are the same! I don’t understand why aromatherapy isn’t more excited by Petitgrain mandarin and Petitgrain lemon and why these Petitgrains have been left behind. So come with me and perhaps I can persuade you of their virtues."


Will you accept this exciting invitation from Helen at AromatherapyWithHelen? You will find the article in the autumn edition of Aromatika Magazine (2021. 8.3.1)


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