Grapefruit

Grapefruit
Citrus x paradisi

Botanical Family: Rutaceae (hybrid between Citrus maxima and Citrus sinensis)

Extraction Method: Cold-pressed from rind

Common Primary Uses: Addictions (Drugs), Anorexia, Appetite Suppressant, Bulimia, Cellulite, Dry Throat, Edema, Gallbladder Stones, Hangovers, Lymphatic Decongestant, Mental Stress, Miscarriage (After), Obesity, Overeating, Performance Stress, PMS, Slimming/Toning, Stress, Withdrawal

Common Application Methods: Grapefruit oil be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse. Because grapefruit oil has many of the same uses as other citrus oils, it can be used in their place when immediate exposure to the sun is unavoidable. This is because grapefruit oil does not cause as much photosensitivity as the other citrus oils.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Take 1-2 drops in a beverage or in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic.

French Medicinal Uses: Cellulite, digestion, dyspepsia, lymphatic decongestant, water retention.

Other Possible Uses: Grapefruit oil may help with cancer, depression, eating disorders, fatigue, jet lag, liver disorders, migraine headaches, premenstrual tension, stress, and sympathetic nervous system stimulation. It may also have a cleansing effect on the kidneys, the lymphatic system, and the vascular system.

Body System(s) Affected: Cardiovascular System.

Aromatic Influence: Grapefruit is balancing and uplifting to the mind and may help to relieve anxiety.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Grapefruit oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Blend Classification: Modifier and Enhancer.

Blends With: Basil, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and ylang ylang.