Grapefruit essential oil (EO) is a potent extract of the Citrus Paradisi plant, also called Shaddock in some parts of the world. (Or also Citrus Racemosa)
It has many properties, as a stimulant, anti- depressant, diuretic, antiseptic, stimulant and lymph tonic.
The earliest records of these grapefruits were found in the West Indies in early 18th century and Florida was where they first came to be transplanted.
Its oils are present in the grapefruit peel and extracted by compression. The top two compounds in the grapefruit oil are limonene and myrcene.
Key Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Curbs your sugar cravings…lucky for us!
- Helps promote toxin elimination
- Relieves anxiety and stress
- Promotes lymph drainage and decreases fluid retention
- May boost weight loss and reduce cellulite
- Freshens and disinfects the air in the home or office
Specific Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil
You can use Grapefruit oil as an inhalant from a diffuser, apply topically like massage oil (with a carrier oil) or add a few drops to your drinking water.
It is a stimulant for all body systems. It stimulates activity in the brain, promotes proper hormone secretion and increases metabolism.
Grapefruit EO also, benefits the digestive system by secreting gastric juices and bile when needed. Mix oil with a carrier oil and massage into abdomen to aid digestive discomfort.
If you are trying to lose weight Grapefruit EO can reduce your food cravings, help with fat digestion and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Add it to water or smoothies or mix with coconut or jojoba oil and massage on high cellulite areas.
Grapefruit oil helps as an air freshener and deodorizer eliminating unpleasant odors by mixing a few drops of oil in water into a spray bottle and spraying into the air.
It has been used for many years in skin and hair care products to help treat acne and oily skin.
Is Grapefruit Oil Safe ?
Yes, in general, it is considered safe. There are a few general things to consider.
First avoid direct sunlight after application.
Second, it could interfere with drugs or pregnancy; so check with your doctor.
Grapefruit EO is very concentrated always dilute with a carrier oil.
Grapefruit oil is very toxic to cats, do not use around your pets.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.