A hybrid cross between sweet oranges and pomelo, the grapefruit was first spotted on the island of Barbados in 1750 and introduced to America in 1823. It took another 100 years before it became a grocery store staple and a popular diet food. The oil is extracted by cold-pressing glands in the fruit’s peel to produce a substance that has an invigorating aroma.
- Scent of Grapefruit, for some people, has helped suppress their overactive appetite
- Rich in antioxidants
- Helps balance mood, relieve anxiety and reduce stress
Combine with a carrier oil to:
- add to your daily skin care routine to help fight off acne
- and rub on temples and neck to help ease a hangover or headache
Add a few drops to the diffuser of your choice to:
- to freshen a room
- help relieve the day’s stress and anxiety
- help reduce the appetite
- increase motivation
- aid in eliminating odor from the air
Add a few drops:
- to create an aromatherapeutic bath
- to distilled water and vinegar for a natural household cleanser
- to shampoo or conditioner to help reduce greasy hair while adding volume and shine
Grapefruit essential oil blends well with basil, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, orange, lemongrass, frankincense, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and ylang ylang.
WORD OF CAUTION
Always mix Grapefruit essential oil with a carrier oil before applying topically. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
Grapefruit essential oil is photosensitive, causing skin to become red and irritated when exposed to the sun. It is important to minimize direct sun exposure after applying lemon essential topically.
As a general rule, pregnant or nursing women should consult their physician before using essential oils.