Fragrance: Citrus, floral, and fruity
Grapefruit is known by its scientific names Citrus Racemosa and Citrus Maxima. The latter was given to larger varieties to emphasize their size.
The history and origin of grapefruit is shrouded in mystery. However, some accounts show that the fruit was first bred in Jamaica. It was later on given the name “grapefruit” because it looked like clusters of grapes hanging on trees.
Grapefruit oil is commonly used in aromatherapy. It is extracted from the peel of the grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), not its pulp or flesh. Like other citrus oils, grapefruit essential oil is obtained through compression and possesses similar therapeutic properties.
Uses of Grapefruit Oil
Grapefruit oil is popularly known as a detoxification agent, as it helps activate your lymphatic system. It is often used to clear toxins, remove excess fluids, and help burn fat. Others specific uses of this citrus essential oil include:
- Aromatherapy oil – When inhaled, grapefruit oil can help curb hangovers, headaches, mental fatigue, and depression.
- Ingredient in skin and hair care products – Grapefruit oil is often added to creams and lotions to help treat acne and prevent oily skin. It is also known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. In hair products, this oil also helps address oily hair.
- Appetite suppressant – Grapefruit oil can suppress your appetite. The effects can be intensified when it’s mixed with patchouli essential oil.
- Air freshener and deodorizer – Its fragrance is similar to citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. It can eliminate unpleasant odors in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Massage oil – When used as a massage oil, it can help relieve muscle and joint pain, menstrual cramps, and headaches.
Composition of Grapefruit Oil
The most abundant constituent in grapefruit essential oil is limonene, which ranges from 88 to 95 percent. Limonene, found in grapefruit peels where the oil is extracted from, has been found to possessanti-cancer properties. It can also be found in other citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons.
Other major components of the essential oil of grapefruit are linalool, thujene, myrcene, terpinene, pinene, citronellol, caprinaldehyde, decyl acetate, and neryl acetate.
Grapefruit essential oil, like the fruit itself, is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin C. Other antioxidants that are present in grapefruit (in low concentrations) are vitamin A and lycopene.
Benefits of Grapefruit Oil
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. This can prevent problems like poor circulation, allergies, cellulite, and fluid retention.
Grapefruit essential oil is also known for its antimicrobial effects. One study reports that this oil is effective against strains of bacteria like Staphylococcus Aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Salmonella thyphimurium, Serratia marcescens, and Proteus vulgaris.
Another study shows the same result, and renders the citrus oil also effective against other bacterial strains like Kleibsellia pneumonia, Pseudococcus species, Shigella flexneri, as well as fungal strains like Aspergillus niger, Candida albican, and Penicillum chrysogenum.
With vitamin C and its antioxidants, grapefruit essential oil can support your immune system and helps fight free radicals. 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:
- 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 provide a relaxing and uplifting feeling. It also has stimulating effects on your brain, making you more alert.