Grapefruit Essential Oil
In the 1980s, the Grapefruit diet became popular, and the large, round citrus fruit was a common sight on breakfast tables across the country. And while the Grapefruit does, in fact, help burn fat, Grapefruit Essential Oil does so much more for the body, mind, and spirit. The clean, bright scent can help sharpen the mind and uplift the mood while the oil itself does everything from enhancing skin and hair care routines to improving household cleaners.
Because of its wide range of uses and benefits, Grapefruit Essential Oil belongs to the Rocky Mountain Oils Energy and Cleaning collections. Let’s take a look at the versatile oil’s past as well as some of the many ways that you can use Grapefruit oil in your daily life.
All About Grapefruit
Legend has it that ancient people considered the Grapefruit a forbidden fruit. Citrus x paradisi, also known as Shaddock until the late nineteenth century, originates from Barbados. It came as the result of an accidental crossbreeding between sweet oranges and pomelo. Grapefruit came to Florida in the 1820s, and today the state, along with Texas, grows the majority of this particular citrus. The semi-sweet, mildly bitter fruit contains a large amount of vitamin C, and it enhances weight loss by helping you maintain a healthy metabolism and burn fat (hence the grapefruit diet).
How Producers Create Grapefruit Essential Oil
Many of the therapeutic properties that other citrus fruits have also reside in the Grapefruit peel. Producers obtain the oil through cold compression. This process extracts key ingredients that give the essential oil its beneficial properties. Some of those key ingredients include limonene, alpha-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, geraniol, linalool, citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate, and terpineol.
- A grapefruit consists of 91% water and is full of electrolytes.
- Grapefruit trees can produce fruit for 30 to 40 years.
- Florida and Texas are the largest grapefruit producers in the United States. China, South Africa, and Mexico also produce massive quantities of the citrus fruit.
- Grapefruit are still hand-picked.
What are the Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil?
Here are just a few of the many ways you can incorporate Grapefruit Essential Oil into your daily routine:
Grapefruit Essential Oil for the Immune System
Grapefruit Essential Oil provides more than just a charming scent; it can also supports a healthy immune system. Grapefruit features antimicrobial and antiviral properties, making it a perfect oil to diffuse during cold and flu season.
Grapefruit Essential Oil for Stress
Because Grapefruit Essential Oil can inspire the wellbeing of your body, mind, and spirit, it does wonders for easing feelings of anxiousness or stress. While much research links the use of essential oils in general with a reduction in stress, a 2017 study found that patients who experience anxiety about undergoing colonoscopies reported less stress and abdominal discomfort when inhaling Grapefruit Essential Oil.
Regardless of your source of stress, if you need a little pick-me-up, simply diffuse Grapefruit oil to help fight mental fatigue.
Grapefruit Oil for Cleaning
Who wants harmful chemicals around when you can have a natural cleaner at your disposal? Add a few drops of the delightful, citrusy Grapefruit Essential Oil to any DIY cleanser or linen spray. The oil’s antimicrobial agents help disinfect your home, office, sheets, and towels.
Grapefruit Essential Oil for Skin and Hair Care
Mix the oil with a carrier oil, lotion, or shampoo, and use in your hair or skin care routine. Grapefruit works especially well to help balance oily skin and hair. You can also use Grapefruit Essential Oil to help soothe skin blemishes.
How to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Use it with a carrier oil for hair and skin care applications.
- Add a few drops to DIY detergents, soaps, and household cleaners.
- Inhale the vapor directly from the bottle to help with stress.
- Add to a diffuser to promote balance from day-to-day mental fatigue.
Which Oils Blend Well with Grapefruit Essential Oil?
Eucalyptus Radiata, in particular, possesses a welcoming and gentle fragrance. Its slightly woody, yet sweet and fruity notes give a softer scent than its counterparts. Radiata combines well with several other essential oils, including:
Grapefruit Essential Oil Recipes
- 45 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 30 drops Ginger Root Essential Oil
- 30 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- 15 drops Basil Essential Oil
- 4 ounces water
Combine everything into a four-ounce mist sprayer with the setting on finest spray possible. Shake well and spray in the air over your head before breathing in deeply. This is ideal for when you first get up in the morning.Smooth Legs Massage
- 5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- 5 drops Pine Essential Oil
- 3 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- 3 drops Fennel Seed Essential Oil
- 1 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 4 teaspoons FCO
Mix all ingredients together in a clean plastic container. Massage the formula into the area you’d like to treat. To achieve the best results, massage for 30 minutes.
Using Grapefruit Essential Oil Safely
Grapefruit Essential Oil is photosensitive, which means that applying it to the skin increases your risk of burning when you’re exposed to UV lights or direct sunlight. Because this increased risk lasts for 12-18 hours after applying the oil, we advise using Grapefruit Essential Oil at night if you incorporate it into your skin care routine.
Always dilute Grapefruit Essential Oil before topical application. Click here for dilution rates.