Grapefruit essential oil is known for its energizing and invigorating aroma. In aromatherapy, grapefruit helps uplift mood and provides a clarifying effect on the mind and balancing. Similar to other citrus oils, grapefruit is beneficial for its cleansing properties and is frequently used in skin care to promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Grapefruit essential oil can help improve the appearance of skin blemishes and it supports a healthy metabolism.
Grapefruit essential oil comes from a cold press method of the rinds (peel). It takes about 50 grapefruits peels to produce enough oil for one 15 mL bottle of Grapefruit essential oil. The main chemical constituent of Grapefruit essential oil is d-limonene. Limonene (a monoterpene) possesses strong uplifting aromatic characteristics.
The grapefruit was first documented in 1750 in the book The Natural History of Barbados by Griffith Hughes who called it the “forbidden fruit” of Barbados. The name comes from the fact the fruits grow in clusters which resemble those of grapes.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Uses
Grapefruit is renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties and is frequently used in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance of clear, healthy-looking skin. Grapefruit can also support a healthy metabolism. Other uses of grapefruit essential oil include:
- Add to a teenager’s regular nightly facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes (as with any citrus oil avoid sun exposure after using topically).
- Diffuse while dieting or trying to lose weight to help increase motivation.
- Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism.
- For a soothing massage that leaves behind a light, uplifting fragrance, use Grapefruit.
Some prescription drugs contain a warning about grapefruit. The essential oil, coming from the rind, has a different chemical composition than the edible fruit.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Grapefruit essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep grapefruit essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying grapefruit essential oil topically. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using grapefruit oil.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Room Spray
Here is a simple DIY Holiday Room Spray that uses grapefruit essential oil. The aroma is inviting, uplifting, and will help promote a happy environment during holiday festivities.
- 15 drops Frankincense oil
- 15 drops Grapefruit oil
- 30 drops Douglas Fir oil
- 8-ounce glass spray bottle
Note: Depending on the size of the spray bottle you may wish to use more or less essential oil. When adjusting the recipe, keep the ratio of essential oils the same. The total number of drops of Frankincense and Grapefruit should equal the number of drops of Douglas Fir.
- In glass spray bottle add essential oils and top off with water.
- To use, shake the bottle then spray.