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Petitgrain Essential Oil, or Citrus aurantium amara leaf/twig, is obtained by steam distilling bitter orange leaves. It has properties that help detoxify and cleanse the skin. It also has properties which help reduce stress and connect us with our inner child.

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The orange petitgrain with a fresh aroma is well known, although those that come from other species even surpass this note of freshness.

In food, it can be used by putting one or two drops of essential oil in drinks or sweets, which improves digestion, reduces spasms and flatulence.

It is ideal for creating a fresh and clean environment, in places frequented by many people. Reduces mental fatigue, refreshes the senses, reduces confusion. It is antidepressant, exerts a very subtle and positive effect on feelings in cases of sadness. In case of insomnia, alternate it with lavender or neroli, place a drop on the pillow.

Among its properties and benefits, the following stand out:

Cosmetic level: deodorant, tonic, detoxifying and "cleaner" of skin defects such as pimples.

A Therapeutic Level: antispasmodic and sedative.

On a psychological level: antidepressant, increases self-confidence.

It is a very Yin essential oil, with relaxing properties. Ideal to include in the formula of an anti-stress body oil.


Etymologically it means “side of the mountain that provides shade”. The Yin energy is expansive, slow and centrifugal. It is the energy that is connected to coldness, water, the moon, femininity, relaxation, the inner balance, dispersion, intuition and creativity. A Yin body tends toward being thin and does not retain fat cells (adipocytes), but rather it eliminates them.

People who tend to have Yin characteristics display spiritual tendencies; they are creative, artistic, imaginative, understanding and hyper-sensitive.

Well-being is defined as a balance between Yin and Yang. An imbalance is the result of a deficit or excess of Yin energy or Yang energy. Ideally, we want to ensure that our body adapts to the changing conditions, maintaining the balance between these two opposite and complementary energies.

Therefore, Alqvimia products with a more Yang polarity or energy facet are recommended for excess Yin energy imbalances.

Pay attention to the following symbols which you will find on our packaging:

ying yang

Indicates a product with a Yin charge, meaning it is appropriate for counteracting Yang imbalances.

ying yang

Indicates a product with a Yang charge, meaning it is appropriate for counteracting Yin imbalances.

ying yang

Indicates a product with a Yin-Yang charge, meaning it is appropriate for counteracting either Yin or Yang imbalances.


Use: Topical use. Perfume to be diluted in a carrier oil. Max. recommendation: 1% (facial use) and 3% (body use).

Cautions: Topical use. Avoid contact with your eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep out of the reach of children. Consult your doctor before using during pregnancy, breastfeeding or with any other medical treatments. Some essential oils are sensitive to light, so don’t expose skin to the sun after use. Store in a cool (<25ºC), dry place, away from light. Flammable.

Sometimes the skin becomes suffocated. This happens mainly due to tobacco, a poor diet, or the constant exposure of our skin to environmental pollution... Our skin becomes dull, yellowish, with a parchment-like appearance.

We present a formula that you can prepare yourself, creating your own facial elixir to restore all the luminosity to your skin: 10ml of Jojoba seed vegetable oil + 5 ml of Wheat Germ Oil + 5 drops of essential oil of Petitgrain.

For oily hair: Add 10 drops of Petitgrain essential oil to the shampoo.


  • Facial Use: we recommend a proportion of 99% Carrier Oil plus 1% Essential Oil. This translates to 2 drops of Essential Oil per 10 ml. of carrier oil.
  • Body use: we recommend a proportion of 97% Carrier Oil plus 3% Essential Oil, which means 6 drops of Essential Oil per 10 ml. of carrier oil.
  • Diffuser: We recommend the use of diffusers without heat, such as the ALQVIMIA Flask, since heat modifies the properties of essential oils. Use a maximum of 10 drops of Essential Oil Preparation in the diffuser.

    Bath: dilute a maximum of 10-15 drops of Essential Oil Preparation in a small amount of milk (vegetable or animal), yogurt, honey, salt or Bath Gel. This is because essential oils are not soluble in water and need a vehicle to dissolve in the bath.

    Steam Inhalation: apply a maximum of 5 drops of Essential Oil Preparation in a saucepan of hot water with approximately 1-2 liters of water, and perform inhalations covering the head and the saucepan with a towel, to keep the steam for longer.

    Sauna: dilute a maximum of 2 drops of the Essential Oil Preparation for every 500ml used in the sauna.

    Air freshener spray: we recommend the use of Alqvimia Anti-Stress Eau de Cologne.

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