Grapefruit oil – not only does it smell great in a diffuser, but this oil has a host of benefits that come with it when it comes to aromatherapy and massage. It is a complete tonic.
The oil is derived from the grapefruit peel which contains a host of benefits. Grapefruits are readily available year round in most grocery stores, making this fruit very easy to obtain. When I prepare grapefruit, I will cut in half, eat the flesh sprinkled with coconut sugar, and then peel the rind and store in my freezer for later use. I use the peel in breads, desserts, and smoothies for an added extra boost.
Benefits of Grapefruit Oil:
- Rich in antioxidants, grapefruit oil boosts the immune system and keeps the body free from toxins
- Fights free radicals, aging, degeneration of tissues, macular degeneration, loss of vision
- Treats oral and ocular infections as well as skin infections
- Good for mental and physical sluggishness by stimulating the brain and making it more active and alert
- Treats nervous disorders and stimulates endocrinal glands
- Treats urinary tract infections
- Stimulates the excretory system, cleans the kidneys of calcerous and uric deposits
- Protects against renal calcull and infections of the colon, stomach, intestinal, and urinary systems
- Promotes proper secretion of hormones and enzymes
- Aids the metabolism
- Stimulates digestive, lymphatic, and circulatory systems
- Cures depression, relieves anxiety and stress
- Prevents wounds from catching tetanus or from becoming septic: can be applied on bruises, wounds, cuts, acne, and infections
- Fights cellulite
- Fights blood urea, rheumatism, arthritis, gout
Contains: Limonene, Alpha Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellal, Decyl Terpinenol, Vitamin A, C, E
According to an article by Dr. Mercola (taken from his website):
“One of the most recognized benefits of grapefruit essential oil and other citrus oils is their positive effect on the lymphatic system, which plays a role in your body’s detoxification mechanism. Using these oils can help boost the activity of lymph glands.14 This can prevent problems like poor circulation, allergies, cellulite and fluid retention.
Grapefruit essential oil is also known for its antimicrobial effects. One study15 reports that this oil is effective against strains of bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Serratia marcescens and Proteus vulgaris.
Another study16 shows the same result, and renders the citrus oil also effective against other bacterial strains like Klebsellia pneumonia, Pseudococcus species, Shigella flexneri, as well as fungal strains like Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans and Penicillium chrysogenum.
With vitamin C and its antioxidants, grapefruit essential oil can support your immune system and help fight free radicals.17 As a result, this essential oil can help prevent oxidation-related damage, such as premature aging, vision problems like macular degeneration, poor hearing, nervous system problems and many others.
Here are other benefits linked to use of oil of grapefruit:18
•Because of its antimicrobial properties, grapefruit oil can help treat and prevent infections in wounds and cuts. It may also help eliminate microbes that develop in your gut, kidneys and excretory system.
•It supports your endocrine function, particularly the proper secretion of hormones and enzymes.
•It promotes the production of gastric juices and bile, which assists your digestive function.
•Like other citrus oils, grapefruit oil has antidepressant properties that may provide a relaxing and uplifting feeling. It also has stimulating effects on your brain, which may make you more alert.”
Dr. Mercola also goes on to explain how to make your own grapefruit oil infusion. He says this must be done by cold pressing to preserve the beneficial compounds of the oil. This is true with any oil you buy – always buy cold pressed. Here’s his grapefruit oil infusion directions:
What You Need:
- Grapefruits with moderately thick rind
- Kitchen grater
- Carrier oil, like almond oil and olive oil
- Small crock pot or mason jar (see Procedure)
- Dark glass container
1.Wash the grapefruit thoroughly, as it may contain wax and other synthetic preservatives.
2.Peel the grapefruit. Using the spoon, scrape the white pith from inside the rind and discard the pith. Another option would be to use the kitchen grater with a zesting or small grating option. This is helpful when removing the rind.
3.Spread out the rind on a plate and leave it in a warm area for a couple of days to dry. Smaller pieces are preferable as they will dry out faster. Make sure that it’s completely dry so your oil will have very little moisture.
4.From here, you may choose one of two methods. Using the crock pot will produce the oil in a few hours, while using the Mason jar, which does not require power, can take longer.
•Crock pot method — Place the rind in the crock pot and add the carrier oil on the top level of the rind. Don’t add too much as this can affect the quality of the oil.
Switch the crock pot on low and cover it. It can take at least eight hours for the mixture inside to heat and mix.
•Mason jar method — Place the rind in the Mason jar and add the carrier oil. Similar to the crock pot method, don’t add too much. Seal the mason jar and expose it to direct sunlight for about two weeks.
5.Transfer the mixture into a bowl lined with four or five layers of cheesecloth. Squeeze as much oil as you can into the bowl.
6.Store the oil into the dark-colored containers and seal tightly. Store in a cool and dry place.
- To make a stronger grapefruit oil, press the rind within the cheesecloth between two plates. Place the cheesecloth between two plates and heavy items, like books, on top of the plate. The weight will press the remaining oils from the grapefruit. Leave for a day or two.
- Only use the rind, not the pulp, when making essential oil.
Directions: Because this process highly concentrates the oil, it is not suggested this be taken internally.
- Adults, dilute 6 drops with 1-2 oz of carrier oil such as almond, olive, or grapeseed.
- Children should use 1/4 of the amount adults use, so 1-2 drops grapefruit oil with 1-2 oz of carrier oil.
- Massage onto soles of feet or to area of concern.
- Place 3-4 drops in an oil diffuser for relaxation.
- Put 8-10 drops in a warm bath to soak in and enjoy. 🙂