Grapefruit Essential Oil <br/><em>Citrus paradisi</em>
Freshness and zing, grapefruit essential oil brings the Caribbean Islands to your fingertips. A sniff of this oil gives you the feeling that you just reached up and plucked the fruit from the tree, the Barbadian winds rustling through your hair and the deep, hot humidity seeping into your soul. Even its color echoes the bright Caribbean buildings and landscape, with colours that please your eye as much as the oil pleases your nose.
This special, unexpected fruit is the essence of freedom and buoyancy. It brings harmony to surprising parts of your life, helping you connect with your spirit guides as much as it helps you harmonize with Mother Earth. It energises your sense; it uplifts your spirit it invigorates your physical body.
Some people may think that this precious fruit is an accident of nature, a random cross of a Jamaican sweet orange with an Indonesian pomelo. We prefer to recognise the hand of Mother Earth in the creation of this gorgeous-smelling fruit, thankful for her bounty, creativity and whimsy. It may be the “forbidden fruit” to some, but it’s a treasure of earth, life and spirit to us.
The Secret of the Grapefruit Oils
Sweet, tangy and tart, the aroma of this fragrant oil is due to the oil glands deep within the rind. The peels are cold-pressed, extracting a tiny bit of oil from each press. This nutrient-filled oil is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and anti-carcinogens. Technically, it contains a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, geraniol, linalool, citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate and terpinen-4-ol. Linalool, in particular, is a terpene that’s proven to ease stress and tension. The oil’s myrcene is slightly sedating, amplifying the linalool’s calming effect. As a whole, the magical components of the fruit mix and blend together to create an oil that is soothing but also uplifting.
Grapefruit seed extract is equally beneficial and appealing, yet its benefits differ on some elements. This extract is thought to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents, but the extract is less well-studied scientifically than grapefruit essential oil.
- Weight Management. Hollywood caught on to the weight loss benefits of grapefruit, long before medical science was able to prove the fruit’s benefit. It turns out that those who followed the severe “grapefruit diet” or “Hollywood diet” didn’t have to take such drastic measures. The fruit’s active ingredient boosts your metabolism, encouraging the right levels of hormones and enzymes to be released in your system. It also suppresses your appetite for sugar, creating a dual-edged appealing weight loss aid. The grapefruit oil is even more concentrated, so just a little can have a marked effect.
- Diuretic. The oil promotes urination when applied to the skin, helping you to flush toxins from your body.
- Antibacterial. Grapefruit oil kills many of the bacteria we come into contact with, helping to keep us healthy.
- Fungal Infections. The oil and grapefruit seed extract both combat the fungus Candida, a common culprit in urinary tract and yeast infections.
- Mood Boost. Grapefruit oil is uplifting, helping you to look at the world cheerfully and positively. This feature also helps erase mental fatigue and stress.
- Acne and Blemishes. The antibacterial nature of grapefruit essential oil makes it a natural way to fight acne. It also helps to soothe the skin so that the appearance of blemishes is lessened.
- Oily Scalp. The oil helps to balance your scalp oils and is a frequent ingredient in shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments.
- Spirit Guides. With the mental boost of grapefruit, we become more aware of spirits who are there to guide us.
- Negative Energy. Grapefruit essential oil slices through the negative energies clinging to your body, energy fields and spirit. Freed of these negative influences, you can better connect with your center and true self.
- Solar Plexus Chakra. Grapefruit oil aromatherapy during meditation is a terrific way to help balance your solar plexus chakra, so you can confidently cast your power into the universe.
Grapefruit essential oil can interact negatively with certain medications. If you are taking medication, talk with your chemist or doctor about using grapefruit essential oil. People with sensitive skin may also be sensitive to the oil. Be sure to dilute it with carrier oil and check your tolerance level with a small skin patch test. If used topically, the oil may make you more photosensitive. Be sure to wear sunscreen, and never go out into the sun immediately after applying the oil to your skin. Grapefruit oil is often safe in moderation, but avoid using it in excessive amounts.
- Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi, the “fruit of paradise”
- Common Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed
- Plant Part Typically Used: Citrus Rind (Peel)
- Color: Pale yellow to yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong
- Aromatic Description: Citrusy, tangy but sweet