Essential oils are volatile oils extracted from the roots, leaves, flowers, fruit, bark, seeds and stems of plants. The oils are released through steam distillation or compression and retain the fragrance and flavor of the plant.
Grapefruit essential oil is extracted from the rind of the Citrus paradisi fruit through cold compression. This fragrant oil offers a wide range of benefits and is popular for use in aromatherapy, in skin and body care treatments, by herbalists and naturopaths. It can be used in a diffuser, burner or vaporizer, applied to the skin, added to a massage oil, used in a compress or included in a bath or shower.
Grapefruit essential oil has a sharp, refreshing citric aroma that clears and focuses the mind. As an anti-depressant, grapefruit essential oil is at once calming and energizing. Because of its ability to improve mood, it can be used for depression, stress and hangover relief. For mood-lifting effects, apply several drops of grapefruit essential oil to a diffuser or combine it with a carrier oil for use in an uplifting aromatherapy massage.
Antiseptic for Skin Care
Like most essential oils, grapefruit essential oil has antiseptic qualities. Added to a skin care regimen or treatment, it helps to clean and clear congested skin and to treat oily skin. In skin care, it is combined with a carrier oil or dabbed directly onto an outbreak.
The antiseptic qualities of grapefruit essential oil extend to its ability to combat germs on hard surfaces. To make a natural household cleanser, add several drops of the oil to a spray bottle of water.
Grapefruit essential oil is offered by naturopaths as a diuretic to reduce bloating and fluid retention. Regular elimination of urine is necessary for healthy kidney function and lessens the incidence of urinary tract infection. Consult a physician prior to self-treatment.
Claims are made by a number of body care product manufacturers that grapefruit essential oil combats cellulite. While the FDA does not recognize these claims, there seems to be evidence that grapefruit essential oil does reduce swelling, which could temporarily reduce the appearance of "orange peel" skin.
Anti-oxidants neutralize the rogue free radicals that damage skin and other organs and that speed up the signs of aging. Grapefruit essential oil is rich in vitamin C, a recognized and respected anti-oxidant, and topical application of grapefruit essential oil can boost the skin's regenerative abilities.
Naturopaths recommend grapefruit essential oil to treat dandruff and to promote healthy hair follicles. It is used as part of a hair care regimen to treat oily hair and to promote shine.