Botanical Name: Citrus x paradisi
Place of Origin: Mexico
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
Plant Part: Citrus Peel
Aroma: Citrusy, Fresh, Tangy
The bright, clean scent promotes balance
from everyday mental fatigue while aiding
in sharp mental function.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.