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Grapefruit was first documented in 1750 by Reverend Griffith Hughes who called it "the forbidden fruit" and called it one of the seven wonders of the Barbados islands. The name "grapefruit" derives from its fruits, which grow in clusters, similar to those of grapes. Known for its distinctive sour and intense flavor, grapefruit is a round, yellow-orange fruit that grows on an evergreen citrus plant. The essential oil is extracted from the rind and is particularly appreciated for its multiple uses and benefits. Grapefruit gives a strong flavor to a variety of dishes and is also renowned for its purifying and purifying properties.


Part of the Plant: Grapefruit peel

Extraction Method:Cold pressed

Aromatic Description: Citrus, floral, fruity

Main chemical components:d-Limonene



Grapefruit essential oil is naturally rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that reduce oxidative stress and diseases that cause inflammation.

Most commonly used to fight respiratory tract infections, chronic fatigue and muscle aches, it is also considered a natural remedy for arthritis. It is also used consistently as a support for those who follow diets and need to lose weight. Boosts energy levels and speeds up metabolism.

As a natural detoxifying agent, grapefruit oil supports the liver in its action of cleansing the body of toxins and garbage and activates the lymphatic system, controlling water retention.

10 benefits of grapefruit essential oil

Although grapefruit pulp itself is packed with benefits (including being a popular fat-burning food), grapefruit essential oil actually comes from the skin of the fruit, which contains a whole range of beneficial components. Being one of the most versatile of essential oils, its aroma is clean, fresh and slightly bitter, just like the fruit it comes from. It possesses the typical taste and smell of citrus fruits, which is one of the reasons why many people add it in the production of natural household cleaning products, beauty lotions and creams, soaps and cosmetics.


1. Natural antibacterial

Studies show how the effects antimicrobials of grapefruit essential oil help reduce or eliminate harmful forms of bacteria that enter our body through contaminated food, water and parasites (for example Escherichia Coli and Salmonella). Grapefruit disinfects water, effectively eliminates fungi and fights the growth of mold, thus preserving food for longer.

The antifungal action of grapefruit is also able to reduce the causes responsible for candidiasis, fungal infections affecting the urinary, intestinal or gastroesophageal tract. Studies show that grapefruit's effectiveness in treating symptoms is comparable to that of many other antibacterial medicines. In addition, vaporizations with grapefruit oil help treat nasal and lung infections.

2. Control of appetite

Grapefruit oil is often used to relieve food withdrawal crises, it is in fact an excellent adjuvant in slimming diets.Some active components of grapefruit accelerate metabolism and reduce appetite (even better results are obtained in combination with another essential oil, that of Patchouli).Use aromatherapy and dilute a few drops of grapefruit OE in an ultrasonic diffuser or add a few drops of pure essential oil to your herbal teas or water you drink throughout the day. When you feel like sugar, inhale directly from the bottle.

Applied directly to the skin, grapefruit oil is an excellent diuretic and stimulant of the lymphatic system, which is why it is often included in anti-cellulite creams and preparations for "dry brushing" (an aesthetic practice against cellulite and water retention). .

Japanese research on rats also shows how inhaling grapefruit essential oil activates the sympathetic nervous system which affects the white adipose tissue responsible for lipolysis. Rats in contact with grapefruit undergo an increase in lipolysis and therefore a decrease in weight.


3. A natural anticancer aid

Many of the benefits of grapefruit essential oil are due to one of its most important components, Limonene, which structures about 88-95% of the oil. Limonene is a known anti-tumor, a phytochemical that protects DNA and prevents the formation of cancer cells. In addition to limonene, grapefruit essential oil also contains other antioxidants includingC vitamin, myrcene, terpineol, pinene and citronellol.

4. Supports blood circulation

Almost all therapeutic citrus essential oils are able to reduce inflammatory states and increase blood fluidity.

The vaso-dilating effects of theGrapefruit is a natural remedy for PMS cramps, migraines, body aches, fatigue and swelling. Add a few drops to your evening bath, perfume your clothes with this fragrance or use it to massage your wrists.

5. Digestive support

By increasing the blood supply to the liver, kidneys, stomach and bladder, grapefruit helps detoxify the body and facilitate the digestive process. We have already talked about its antimicrobial and diuretic abilities, so we know how important it is to use this essential oil during the digestive phase. Massage the abdomen with a few drops of oil, if you want to create a special lotion, combine it, as always,   with dōTERRA fractionated coconut oil.

6. A tonic for skin and hair

We have already said that the use of grapefruit oil in lotions and soaps is quite common due to its antibacterial action. It not only protects the skin from bacteria but also fights oily skin that causes acne and blemishes by purifying it. It also maintains strong immunity of the skin, against atmospheric pollution and against damage caused by ultraviolet rays.

Finally, it heals scars, cuts and insect bites and prevents skin infections resulting from them.

Add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner to help reduce impurities and bacteria. In return you will get volume and shine and a complete cleansing. Also if you dye your hair, grapefruit oil will help protect it fromsolar damage.


7. Fights stress

The grapefruit aroma is soothing, comforting and clarifying. It is recognized that when vaporized via a diffuser, added to hot bath water or dabbed on the skin as a perfume, it works effectively as a stress reducer. Add a few drops to a cotton ball and massage your wrists, neck and chest to get the best benefits.

8. Freshen the air

To get rid of unpleasant odors in your kitchen, bathroom and more generally in the home, spread a few drops of grapefruit essential oil along with other citrus fragrances such as lemon and orange essential oil. As your home smells, you also get rid of some odor-causing bacteria in the air. In addition, you can use a few drops of essential oil on wooden surfaces, countertops, floors or to clean household appliances from germs and bacteria in a natural way.

9. A natural energizer

Grapefruit oil is one of the most common oils used in aromatherapy. Among other benefits, it is able to increase concentration and is a natural tonic for those suffering from energy shortages. When inhaled, its stimulating effect makes it efficient in reducing headaches, confusion and mental fatigue, sleepiness and even a bad mood. In fact, some people use it to treat depressive symptoms, since it increases the attention span while calming and relaxing the nervous system. Using a few drops during the morning shower, at work or combined with other beauty products, they will give a new color to your day.

Studies and research

Studies show that inhaling grapefruit essence naturally decreases blood pressure by acting as a relaxant. In fact, it directly transmits a message to those regions of the brain interested in controlling emotional responses by improving mood and reducing feelings of stress and fatigue. A 2002 study on the effects of grapefruit oil on brain sympathetic activity in adults found that like other essential oils (e.g. mint, fennel, rose and tarragon) it significantly affected brain activity.

Researchers believe that using citrus fragrances in the treatment of patients suffering from depressive disorders could help reduce the dose of antidepressant drugs needed, naturally improving mood, energy and motivation.

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This happens because grapefruit inhibits the activity of AChe (acetylcholinesterase), the enzymes responsible for disposing of old neurotransmitter molecules. This increases the activity levels of neurotransmitters, reinforcing residual nerve signals

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Aromatic: Add three or four drops to a diffuser.

Topical: It can be applied pure, applied directly on the area to be treated. For the massage, dilute 5 drops with 10 ml of oildōTERRA Fractionated Coconut.

Internal:   Take 1-2 drops in a drink or capsule

For the bath, mix 8 drops with epsom salt and add to the water

To perfume, mix 1 drop with 10 drops of carrier oil.

Warnings:   Keep out of reach of children. Before use, consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding or during drug treatment. Avoid contact with the eyes the inside of the ears and sensitive areas. Grapefruit OE can be used for many uses similar to citrus oils, possibly replacing them if exposure to the sun is inevitable as it does not determine photosensitivity to them in equal measure.

Primary uses:drug and alcohol addictions,   abstinence, appetite suppression, bulimia, obesity, overeating, lymphatic decongestant, performance anxiety, gallbladder stones, cellulite, premenstrual syndrome, weight loss, toning.

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