10ml Grapefruit Oil

10ml Grapefruit Oil


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Grapefruit essential oil is produced from the fresh peel of the fruit of the Citrus x paradisi tree, also known as Citrus racemosa, Citrus maxima var. racemosa or shaddock. A member of the Rutaceae plant family, grapefruit is considered to be a cross between the pomelo and the sweet orange. It is native to tropical Asia and the West Indies, and cultivated in Brazil, Israel, Florida and California, where the oil is mainly produced. Grapefruit essential oil is extracted by expression.


Grapefruit essential oil is a yellow or greenish mobile liquid with a fresh, sweet citrus aroma. It has a top note and blends well with bergamot, neroli, lemon, lavender, cypress, rosemary, palmarosa, geranium and the spice oils.

Chemical Constituents

The main chemical constituens found in grapefruit essential oil are:

  • limonene – a terpene that gives grapefruit its characteristic citrus aroma

  • myrcene – a terpene that has antibacterial properties and also contributes to grapefruit’s aroma

Safety Considerations

Grapefruit essential oil is generally non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising. It may, however, be phototoxic, therefore sun exposure should be avoided for at least 12 hours after using grapefruit essential oil on the skin. Grapefruit oil has a short shelf life as it oxidises quickly.

Historical and Traditional Uses

Grapefruit shares the nutritional qualities of other citrus fruits and is high in vitamin C. It is used extensively in desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, and features as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, toiletries and perfumes.

Therapeutic Actions

The therapeutic properties of grapefruit essential oil include:

  • antidepressant

  • antiseptic

  • antitoxic

  • astringent

  • bactericidal

  • diuretic

  • stimulant

  • tonic.

Aromatherapy Use

Skin Care:

  • acne – massage, bath, inhalation, skin oil or lotion

  • oily and congested skin – massage, bath, skin oil or lotion

  • toning the skin and tissues – massage, bath or skin oil.

Circulation, Muscles and Joints:

  • accumulation of toxins – massage, bath or skin oil

  • cellulite – massage, bath or skin oil

  • exercise preparation – massage, bath or skin oil

  • muscle fatigue – massage, compress or bath

  • obesity – massage or bath

  • stiffness – massage, compress or bath

  • water retention – massage or bath.

Immune System:

  • colds and flu – massage, bath, vaporisation or inhalation.

Nervous System:

  • depression (especially seasonal) – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • fatigue – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • headaches – massage, compress or vaporisation

  • nervous exhaustion – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • stress – massage, bath or vaporisation.

Emotional and Spiritual Connection

Grapefruit is associated with the colour yellow and the solar plexus chakra. It is helpful for people who are tense and resort to comfort eating as a way of dealing with difficult situations. Grapefruit promotes feelings of warmth and happiness, and helps to boost self-esteem, self-worth and euphoria. It has a cooling, cleansing and decongesting energy and helps to stimulate the mind, body and spirit.