Six Things You Should Know About Grapefruit Essential Oil

Posted on June 11, 2018

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Six Things You Should Know About Grapefruit Essential Oil 

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits and Uses, Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil offers a myriad of benefits, making it especially popular in aromatherapy and among those trying to keep their appetite at bay. The Citrus paradisi called the “forbidden fruit” of Barbados by Griffith Hughes in 1750 is believed to have come from the pomelo, or hybrid between the pomelo and sweet orange. In 1789, it was eventually revealed to be growing in Jamaica as well. Despite all its amazing uses and benefits, grapefruit was little utilized while its tree was the one in the spotlight as it was grown as a novelty back when it was just starting to gain popularity in Florida. 

Plant Description and Aroma

The grapefruit tree can grow to about 15-45 ft with twigs that bear short thorns and dark-green ovate leaves. The trees are adorned with white petaled flowers, and round, almost pear-shaped, fruits that are pale-lemon in color. The peel is taken and cold pressed to produce a pale orange essential oil that is thin in consistency. It has a distinct aroma that is fresh and sweet citrus in smell that blends well with bergamot, citronella, coriander, fir needle, and germanium. Grapefruit Essential Oil is loaded with d-limonene which is the major constituent to thank for the many benefits that it boasts.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

1. Uplifting

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits and Uses, Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit is a popular essential oil in aromatherapy because of its fresh and citrus scent. It is known to have an uplifting and relaxing effect when its aroma is inhaled. Simply Earth’s Happy Joy instant mood lifting recipe uses grapefruit essential oil as one of the main ingredients.! On the other hand, Simply Earth’s Citrus Burst recipe can also easily uplift your mood while at the same time making your home smell extra fresh too. 

2. Energizing

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Grapefruit Essential Oil also works great at keeping your mind and body alert by stimulating the nervous system. This alertness mist spray recipe is perfect in the morning and can make for a great start to keep your senses on high alert for the day ahead.

Alertness Mist Spray:

  • 45 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 30 drops Ginger Root Essential Oil
  • 30 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Basil Essential Oil
  • 4 ounces distilled water

Add ingredients to 4-ounce mist sprayer. Set on finest spray possible. Shake well before every use. Spray in the air over your head and breathe the scent in deeply. Great for when you first get up in the morning.

3. Supports Mental Focus: As alert as it makes you, Grapefruit Essential Oil can also support mental focus and help with any “brain fog” or mental fatigue. When inhaled, it stimulates and helps with one’s mental focus. This study buddy recipe would be perfect for those long days at work or at the school where everything just starts blending together and tiredness and sluggishness hits you like a train.

Study Buddy:

  • 6 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Cypress Essential Oil

Enhance memory, concentration, clarity and ability to stay alert. Use this blend in room diffuser, car diffuser, or a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball.

4. Natural Cleaning

Dishwasher Tablets,Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits and Uses, Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit, among many things, is also a diuretic. It helps flush out toxins to keep your heart healthy. It works beautifully in cleaning one’s body and because it is a diuretic, it is especially great at keeping the kidney clean. It also works as a natural household cleaning product. It can easily clean and sanitize your house, while also making it smell extra fresh--naturally! You can use this Dishwashing Tablet recipe to do just that!

Dishwasher Tablets:



  1. Mix all dry ingredients. Make sure there are no clumps. Add in the liquids and stir quickly as the mixture will start to activate and bubble. 
  2. Pack into molds and let dry overnight. We used a 1x1 inch mold but ice cube trays will work as well.
  3. Store in an airtight container and keep away from direct sunlight.
  4. If the tablets do not fit in the compartment of your dishwasher, you can just toss them into the bottom of the dishwasher. Depending on your water, you may need to use 2 tabs. I use two for heavy loads.

5. Skin Saver

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Grapefruit Essential Oil has antibacterial properties making it an ideal essential oil to help protect your skin from pollution. It also protects your skin from UV light damage. With the skin on your face more sensitive than the rest of your body, Grapefruit Essential Oil can work wonders for you and your daily skincare routine. Your lips can also benefit from Grapefruit Essential Oil as well since the lips have no melanin, making them more susceptible to sun damage. Protect your lips and keep them baby soft with this easy lip balm recipe. The yummy taste of grapefruit is just a bonus too! 

Grapefruit Lip Balm

  • 1 Tablespoon Beeswax Pellets
  • 2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 40 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 18-20 5 ml Lip Balm Tubes


  1. Fill double boiler about 1/3 full with water. Place on a stovetop burner and bring to a simmer or low boil.
  2. Add Beeswax and Jojoba Oil to top of double boiler and stir until melted. Add the Cocoa Butter and continue stirring until melted. Add Coconut Oil, stir, and take off the burner as soon as it is melted.
  3. Add the drops of Essential Oil, stir, and pour or pipette into lip balm tubes.
  4. Allow to harden for a few hours before use.

6. Weight Loss

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits and Uses, Grapefruit Essential Oil

One of the most popular benefits of grapefruit is its appetite suppressing properties, making it the ideal fruit and essential oil for health fanatics and people trying to keep their appetites at bay! It is said that the mere aroma of grapefruit can control one’s appetite and reduce feelings of hunger. You can make your own inhaler recipe with this by adding 2-3 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil to an empty inhaler. During unlikely snack times, you can take a whiff until the crazy cravings go away!