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In one of my posts, I talk about how to categorize essential oils, with examples of oils in each category. The first category is broken down into families of oils. The Citrus family includes grapefruit, sweet orange, bergamot, and lemon. In this blog, let’s talk about Grapefruit Essential Oil. What an amazing fruit the Grapefruit is. You’ll read some interesting information, plus some benefits and uses for this oil.
There are several scientific names for grapefruit. It’s most common name is Citrus Paradisi, but it is also known as Citrus Racemosa, Citrus Sinensis and Citrus Maxima. It comes from the Rutaceae family and in different parts of the world is known as Shaddock. Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C, which we know our bodies need for immunity. It’s used in the food and beverage industry and also the fragrance industry.
Grapefruit Oil Tidbits
The oil from the Grapefruit, is extracted using the cold compression method, also known as the cold-press method. The oil is extracted from the oil glands buried deep within the peel, which makes it difficult to extract, unlike other citrus fruit where the oil is closer to the surface. Grapefruit produces far less oil than other citrus fruits such as lemon or orange and thus it tends to be more expensive.
COMPONENTS OF OIL:
The chemical make-up of Grapefruit Essential Oil consists of many components, with Limonene and myrcene being the most dominant, respectively. The other components found in Grapefruit Oil are alpha-pinene, sabinene, geraniol citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate, terpineol, cadinene, paradisiol, sinensal along with several others. All these different components are what make Grapefruit Oil so beneficial.
The aroma of grapefruit essential oil has a fresh, tart, fruity smell, with the oil consistency being thin. It has a top note classification and blends well with any other citrus. These would include Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin and Orange. It also blends well with members from the herbal family such as basil, rosemary, thyme, fennel, and clary sage. From the Spicy family it blends well with Ginger, Clove, Black Pepper and Cardamom.
Some examples from the Woody family that grapefruit blends well with would be Frankincense, Juniper and Cypress. Grapefruit Oil also blends well with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Geranium, Patchouli, Jasmine and Neroli. Keep in mind when blending, to get the best results, add a middle note and base note oil with grapefruit being the top note.
All the chemical components of grapefruit essential oil listed above work together to bring the therapeutic properties that are so beneficial to our health. The following are some beneficial properties of grapefruit essential oil: antibacterial/antimicrobial, anti fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, disinfectant, anti-infectious, lymphatic stimulant, tonic.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits
As we look at the properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil, we can see from the list that this oil is very healthy for you. Take, for example, antibacterial/antimicrobial. Research has shown that grapefruit oil fights different bacteria strains such as E. Coli and Salmonella. These are bacteria that come from contaminated foods and water and also parasites. Grapefruit Oil as an anti fungal fights against internal bacteria and fungus such as Candida. It can reduce yeast and bacteria in the gut. Check this study out.
One big thing Grapefruit is known for is weight-loss, which you may have heard. It is a lymphatic stimulant, which boosts the metabolism/lymphatic system and helps to reduce the appetite. You can put a few drops in water and drink to help curb the appetite and any cravings that you may have. Diffusing it may help to curb the appetite. It is considered to be a diuretic and helps in the shedding of excess water. As a diuretic, it also keeps your body free from toxins and increases volume & frequency of urine.
Because of the Vitamin C in Grapefruit Oil, it is a very good antioxidant. All the antioxidant components help boost the immune system to protect the body from toxins and oxidants and those free radicals.
Something interesting about Grapefruit Essential Oil is that it can be used as an antidepressant. When you’re feeling down and need to lift your spirits or when you start feeling stressed, use this oil in a diffuser for a few hours. Blend it with other emotionally stimulating oils, such as Lavender and Cedarwood, to get that extra boost. This study shows that inhalation of Grapefruit Essential Oil can help turn on relaxation responses in the brain and lower blood pressure naturally.
As an anti-inflammatory, it has blood-vessel dilating effects. It can lower inflammation and increase blood flow, as per this study. It can be used for headaches, muscle pains and fatigue. Need a natural disinfectant? Grapefruit Essential Oil makes a good disinfectant. Use it to disinfect surfaces like counters, floors, even appliances by mixing 10 drops in 8 oz. of water. Use it to purify and disinfect the air by diffusing about 20 drops. It eliminates odor-causing bacteria from the air and gives the house a clean scent.
Grapefruit Oil Uses
I mentioned previously, when discussing some properties, a few ways to use this oil. There are 3 ways to use grapefruit essential oil.
- Aromatically – To use the oil aromatically, use a diffuser all through your house or use direct inhalation of the oil. Inhale the oil directly from the bottle. There are some companies that make essential oil inhalers, or you can make your own. These can be used instead of the bottle. Use grapefruit essential oil aromatically to help with headaches, stress, depression and for bloating and water retention.
- Topically – To use grapefruit essential oil topically, blend it with other oils to make a massage oil. A cream can be made with grapefruit essential oil and Shea butter to help with greasy and/or acne skin and also to help get rid of cellulite. The cream can be used to relieve sore muscles and on the abdomen to improve digestion. It can also be mixed with a facial moisturizer to improve the condition of facial skin. Grapefruit Oil is great for the skin.
- Internally – If using Grapefruit Essential Oil internally, make sure it is of high quality oil with just grapefruit oil as the ingredient. For immunity, put a drop or two in a glass of water or herbal tea and drink every day. To help with the digestive system, take a capsule with grapefruit oil and a carrier oil. It can also help with the metabolism.
My Final thoughts
So all of these years you’ve been eating Grapefruit, enjoying it’s freshness, knowing it was full of healthy Vitamin C. Now you know about Grapefruit Essential Oil and how healthy it is for you and all the different ways you can use this oil. It doesn’t just have Vitamin C, but a lot more properties that are beneficial to your health.
Knowing now how grapefruit oil can be good for you, why not try some and see if it can help clear up your face or increase your metabolism? As always, if you like what you read, leave me a comment and if you’re going to use it or have used it, let me know what you use it for. Please come back and see what’s next on this essential oil journey.
Thanks for reading!