Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi
Country of Origin: South Africa
Plant Part: Fruit Rinds
Distillation Method: Cold Pressed
Cultivation: Organic & Naturally Grown
About the Oil
Thought to be a hybridization of sweet orange and pomelo, the Grapefruit tree stands at a maximum height of 10 meters or 32 feet. Along with the orange, the pomelo was brought to Spain from Asia by Arabian traders in the 12th century. It was then brought to the West Indies by Captain Shaddock in the 18th century and from where it made its way to the Americas and was soon hybridized into the Grapefruit.
Both oils are carefully harvested and cold pressed from the rinds of the fruit. In both the beautiful, gem-like orange-sapphire of the naturally grown pink or the darker orange-red of the organic, the cold-press method gently extracts the sweet and fragrant oil without changing its molecular composition. To retain optimal freshness, Grapefruit essential oil should always be kept cold.
Both the pink and the red grapefruit essential oils have a sweet citrus top note followed by a floral, musty middle note and green, herbaceous undertones with the red being both darker in color and slightly deeper in the middle.
The essential oil of grapefruit has been used for its nutritional (vitamin C) and anti-infectious properties for centuries.
Grapefruit is used extensively to flavor soft drinks. It is a popular component of soaps and personal care products.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Anti-infectious, Antiseptic, Antitoxic, Astringent, Carminative, Choleretic, Depurative, Decongestant (lymphatic), Diuretic, Stimulant (digestive), Stomachic.
In Chinese medicine, Grapefruit is cooling, decongesting, and beneficial for an overheated liver and sluggish lymphatic system. Symptoms associated with an overheated liver include constipation, nausea, absominal distension and constipation.
- Considered uplifting and reviving for the mind and emotional state.
- Assists in cases of depression where one may tend to overindulge in food or chemicals to pacify their pain.
- Clears the psychological 'heat' and congestion that result from self-criticism and blame, promoting a lightness of spirit.
- Cheering, slightly euphoria-inducing and slightly energizing.
- Has an aromatic that aids in releasing pent up energy and emotions.
- Like essential oil of Lemon, it is cooling, cleansing, and a powerful decongestant.
- Beneficial for an overheated liver and sluggish lymph system.
Appetite & Metabolism
- The aroma is a powerful appetite suppressant.
- Well noted for use in reducing cellulite.
- Shown in laboratory studies to increase the metabolism of adipose tissue (fat cells, and specifically 'brown' fat cells.)
- Useful for cleansing oily skin and helping with acne due to its astringent nature.
Application and Use
- Grapefruit is safe to inhale, diffuse, apply topically and ingest.
- To assist in weight loss, try this blend: Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Lemon. The oils in this recipe are formulated in a 1:1:1 ratio. Store in a glass bottle then open and inhale deeply whenever you desire. The uplifting, releasing effect can help bring a positive emotional and mental state, helping to curb cravings to eat when the environment is unbalanced and hectic.
- For and emotional 'release' blend, try this in a diffuser or diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically: 18 drops Grapefruit, 1 drop Bergamot oil, 1 drop Rose Otto. Use these ratios to create whatever amount of the blend you desire.
- For cellulite reduction it can be massaged into targeted areas.
Safety Grapefruit essential oil is generally non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing, however, as with other citrus oils, it can make skin photosensitive; exposure to sunlight should be limited for 24 hours.