Essential Oil: Grapefruit
General Properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil (5ml bottle)
- digestive stimulant
- emotional stimulant
Origin: Florida. Cold pressed from the peel. Top note.
Description of Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil is produced by expression of the peel of the fruit. It can contain up to 90% of limonene with citral, geraniol, cadinene and paradisol. The essential oil is primarily produced in Israel, Brazil Florida and California.
Grapefruit essential oil is valued for its ability to help with fluid retention and cellulite. It is a diuretic, detoxifier and lymphatic stimulant (good when used in a massage oil with geranium for these conditions!). It has been used in post-exercise massage oils because of its ability to help break up lactic acid from the muscles, thereby helping to relieve muscle pain and stiffness.
Because of its ability to control bodily secretions, grapefruit essential oil is great for use on oily and acneic skin, as it has a tonic effect.
This essential oils" most important use, however, seems to be its antidepressant capabilities. It is a "happy" oil that is non-sedating and has uplifting properties.
Those with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) have noticed good results when grapefruit essential oil has been used.
Grapefruit essential oil blends well with all other citrus oils, particularly Orange essential oil and Bergamot essential oil.
Specific Cautions about Grapefruit Essential Oil
Phototoxic, do not use before exposure to the sun or tanning beds. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.
References about Grapefruit Essential Oil
Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:
1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)
Note and Disclaimer
The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.