Grapefruit (Citrus paradis/grandis)
Grapefruit essential oil has a fresh, citrusy and sweet aroma. When used on the skin, it has cooling, cleansing and antiseptic properties, and can be helpful for oily, acne-prone skin. It has a balancing effect on the emotions, and its uplifting fragrance brightens dark moods, boosts confidence and balances emotions.
What does Grapefruit oil smell like?
Grapefruit essential oil has a citrusy, fresh, sweet and tangy fragrance, reminiscent of the fruit itself. The fragrance is mildly euphoric and has an uplifting effect on the body and mind.
Where does Grapefruit oil originate from?
Native to Barbados, this bitter citrus fruit is produced by the subtropical, evergreen citrus tree, Citrus paradis/grandis, and is a cross between the sweet orange and pomelo. The tree grows beautiful white, fragrant flowers which develop into the fruits. Grapefruit essential oil is extracted from the grapefruit rind by cold expression.
What are the properties of Grapefruit oil
Grapefruit is said to be a natural appetite suppressant, historically it has been used to fight sugar cravings and assist with weight loss. Grapefruit essence smooths and tones the skin, making it a perfect oil for scarring and cellulite.
Grapefruit essential oil may help with the following:
- Anxiety and depression
- Mental exhaustion
- Colds and influenza
- Fluid retention
- Nervous exhaustion
- Performance stress
How to use Grapefruit oil
Use in a diffuser or burner - thanks to its fresh and citrusy aroma, Grapefruit essential oil can be used in a diffuser or oil burner to freshen up the home and provide an uplifting fragrance. When diffused or burned, Grapefruit essential oil is also rumoured to ease the effects of a hangover.
Use Grapefruit oil in aromatherapy massage - the massage itself will help to ease any muscular aches and pains, particularly around the shoulder and neck area where tension can build up, while the citrusy notes from the oil invigorate and uplift. Massage in a clockwise direction over the stomach to aid with digestion. The diuretic properties of grapefruit essential oil may also help to remove excess water retention.
Use topically on the skin or in hair - grapefruit essential oil may help to remove excess grease, helping to balance out oily skin. It is also said to help give the hair a lovely shiny effect.
Grapefruit oil recipes
Grapefruit body-buffing scrub
Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. This three-ingredient scrub smooths, moisturizes and nourishes tired skin that’s in need of a boost, leaving your skin feeling soft and smelling fantastic.
Mix together the below ingredients in a bowl, and whip until the mixture is smooth. Once ready, apply to the skin and rub into the skin in small circles. This mixture is particularly good for dry skin and can also help with ingrown hairs. If any mixture is left over, store in a glass jar, somewhere cool and dark.
Use the following ingredients:
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
- 6 drops Grapefruit essential oil
- 1 cup of Epsom salts
Smoothing, Grapefruit body oil
Grapefruit oil, working in tandem with Cypress oil is a great combination for reducing the appearance of cellulite and smoothing out the skin. Lemon oil also helps to reduce fluid retention, helping to tone your skin.
To create your own homemade skin-smoothing essential oil blend, add the essential oils to a small bottle and roll between your hands. Once the oils are thoroughly blended, mix with the carrier oil and store in a dark glass bottle in a cool, dark place. Use this blend all over your body, apply liberally and massage in small circles to really see and feel the benefit.
- 6 drops Grapefruit oil
- 2 drops Cypress oil
- 2 drops Rosemary oil
- 4 drops Lemon oil
- 15ml Grape seed oil
Essential oils to compliment Grapefruit oil
Grapefruit essential oil has an extremely versatile scent blending well with most fragrances. Here are a few of our personal favourites:
- Citrus essences
- Coriander (and other spices)
- Ylang Ylang
Anything to note?
Grapefruit oil is phototoxic, so avoid using on the skin prior to sun exposure. Store your essential oils in a cool, dry place and keep out of reach of children. Do not ingest Grapefruit essential oil.