|Latin Name :||Citrus aurantium L. ssp. aurantium|
|English Name :||Petitgrain orange, leaves|
|French Name :||Oranger bigaradier (fe.), petit grain bigarade|
|Origin :||India, Paraguay|
History and Origin
From the family of Rutaceaes and originally from South-East Asia and Europe, petitgrain is the name given to essential oils extracted by steam distilling the leaves of lemon, mandarin and bitter orange trees. Each of these trees provides three different essential oils depending on the part used. The leaves produce petitgrain, the flower, neroli and the peel, the zest oil. Petitgrain is used in high grade Colognes.