Grapefruit Essential Oil

Posted on November 11, 2011 | In Essential Oils
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Written by, Becki Andrus

Grapefruit essential oil is very refreshing, and it can be a powerful way to support the lymphatic systems as well as the immune system. Some people have also found benefit by using grapefruit essential oil as an antidepressant because it helps to lift the mood. It originated in Asia and has since spread to Brazil, Israel, and the United States. This fruit comes from a 30 feet high tree with white flowers… the fruit itself is large, round and a pale yellow color. Grapefruit essential oil is extracted straight from the peel by using cold compression. The oil has a very sharp, citrusy smell and is pale in color with a very watery consistency.

Properties:
Antiseptic, disinfectant, antidepressant, diuretic, tonic, and stimulant

Possible Uses:
Grapefruit essential oil can be used for fatigue, cancer, migraine headaches, immune system support, cold and flu, nervous system stimulation, drug withdrawal, obesity, bad breath, premenstrual tension, constipation, sympathetic nervous system stimulation, acne, skin treatment, stress, depression, eating disorders, gallstones, jet lag, obesity, kidneys, and lymphatic system.
One popular way to use grapefruit is for the weight loss benefits, because it may help with detoxifying and balancing out cravings and inhibit appetite.

Cleaning Tip:
The disinfectant properties of grapefruit essential oil make it a great option to use as a fruit and vegetable wash or a cleaning spray around the house. It is a great oil to disinfect counters, cutting boards, or any other surface.

Application:
Topically- Apply to location of concern and reflex points. It can be used in a lymphatic massage to aid in detoxification and the stimulation of the lymph nodes. Add to bathwater, bathe.
Aromatically- Diffuse. Inhale and breathe.
Internally- Mix 1 drop oil with 4 oz. beverage or 1 tsp. honey, consume. Note: it is always important to be careful about the quality of essential oils that you are using internally, many of the cheaper, low quality oils should not be consumed internally.

Aromatic Guide:
Aromatically this oil is uplifting and relieves anxiety.

Cautions:
Grapefruit essential oil is a photosensitizing oil, so it is best to avoid direct sunlight and UV ray exposure when it has been applied to the skin. Wait for at least 6 hours before exposing the skin to the sun.

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