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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
5. Skin Saver
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!
6. Weight Loss
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!