Arctander writes, of Petitgrain Bigarde: “of pleasant, fresh-floral, sweet odor, reminiscent of orange flowers, with a slightly wood-herbacious undertone, and very faint but sweet floral dry-out notes.”
Emotionally, it’s a powerful oil, calming anxiety and panic, acting as an antidepressant.
Physically, it tends to be a sedative, which agrees with its relaxing effect on the mind. Some authorities recommend it for treating rapid heartbeat, and for insomnia. I have also seen it used in recipes for deodorant blends. Petitgrain oil is an ingredient in our anti-anxiety blend, Reunité. Basically, Petitgrain may be used in any application for which one would use Neroli; at a lower cost.
My CCAP instructor, when we were studying Petitgrain Bigarade in class, recommended it for “Monkey Mind”… you know, it’s three a.m. you have slept for a few hours and now your mind is just running, tomorrow’s todo list, next week’s crisis, all the things one’s mind can chatter on about at 3:00 am. My personal experience? Yes! Worked like a charm.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.