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Grapefruit Oil, Some Uses

Grapefruit Oil, Some Uses

Grapefruit oil (Citrus Paradisi)  is energetic, tangy, and uplifting. You feel like you can do anything. One of the best mood pick-me-ups you can find.

Aromatic influences: Uplifting, gives confidence, and prevents one from drowning in one’s own negativity.

Combines well with:

Lemon, Palmarosa, Bergamot, Neroli, Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint, Cardamom, Clove Bud, Ginger Root, Lime, Tangerine, Orange, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg

Ways to use it

  • Blended in a morning bath with Rosemary, Grapefruit can help alleviate a hangover. (8)
  • Useful in skin care for oily skin and acne. (8)
  • Diffuse with a drop or two of Peppermint to clear air in a room
  • Diffuse the scent to help you control food cravings
  • G.R.A.S.
  • Helps to stimulate lymphatic system.
  • Can be ingested, used in a massage, bath, topically, and diffused.
  • Helps combat depression.
  • Adding a drop or two to a cup of water can help alleviate edema.
  • There are two kinds — white and pink — of Grapefruit. Both have the same properties. The difference is the pink has a slightly sweeter scent to it.

 

Recipes

Here are a few recipes involving Grapefruit oil. To check for more, you can click on Grapefruit in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Citrus Air Freshener

  • 50 drops Lime
  • 50 drops Grapefruit
  • 10 drops Orange
  • 10 drops Patchouli
  • 4 ounces purified water

Fill a 4 ounce mist spray bottle. Shake well before using every time. Spray the mist into air. Keep mist as fine a spray as you can. (9)

Refreshing Aroma Lamp

  • 8 drops Grapefruit
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Ginger Root
  • 4 drops Clove Bud

Add with a small amount of purified water to a small porcelain, marble, ceramic or glass container. Heat with a candle. (Can also be used on an electric candle warmer.) Inhale the vapors deeply for best results. (9)

Photo courtesy of Heidi Lee

Breathe Easily Bath Mix

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Cajeput
  • 5 drops Grapefruit
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O.
  • Epsom Salt

As you prepare your bath, close the window and door to prevent oil vapors from escaping. Fill the bathtub with warm/hot water. To soften your skin and remove impurities, dissolve 1 cup of epsom salt in the bath water. Then dilute the essential oils in the F.C.O. Pour blend into water. Swirl the water to disperse the oil evenly. Enter the bath immediately, since essential oils evaporate quickly. Relax and enjoy the bath for at least 30 minutes. (9)

Body Wrap to Improve Circulation

  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 cups hot water

Steep oils in hot water, then soak a towel in the water. Wrap towel around area you wish to treat. (1)

 Help for Exams and Interviews

  • 24 drops Grapefruit
  • 15 drops Basil
  • 15 drops Bergamot
  • 6 drops Lavender

Mix together and store in a dark, glass bottle. Use 6 drops in your bath before you go to interview or exam. Or put 3 drops on a wet washcloth and rub all over your body in the shower. Inhale aroma deeply so you get full effect. (7)

Cellulite Reduction Massage Blend

  • 5 drops Celery Seed
  • 5 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 5 drops Benzoin
  • 4 teaspoons F.C.O.

Massage formula into cellulite area(s). Work deeply into the tissues to help smooth bumpy and dimpled skin. For best results, massage for 30 minutes. (9)

Communication Enhancement Massage Blend

  • 6 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Spruce
  • 4 drops Patchouli
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into the upper chest, back of neck, and shoulders. For best results, massage for 30 minutes. (9)

Fatigue Relief Massage Blend

  • 6 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Palmarosa
  • 4 drops Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into the upper chest, back of neck, and shoulders. For best results, massage for 30 minutes. (9)

Other suggestions

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:

  • SG: “It’s raining here so I am diffusing Grapefruit and Peppermint together. To freshen the air and cheer everyone up.”
  • ASH: “Put it in the air purifier, in a mixture of other citrus oils and water for a cleaner, or in bath water.”
  • KH: “Lemon, Grapefruit & Lime for energy, and a dash of Peppermint to help us inhale it more deeply.”
  • JG: “I diffuse it in my car by itself and in my house with a touch of Peppermint. Especially when I’m craving chocolate!”
  • SDM: “Drop in my smoothie. Helps my mind stay on track. Mood on track. And helps suppress my appetite.”
  • TT: “I blend it with Thyme, Cypress & Rosemary in a carrier oil for a great fat burning massage or bath oil! It seems to be working!”
  • SJ: “I use it in my dishwasher.”
  • DV: “It is a great fat burner and appetite suppressant. I use it in my water with some other oils daily. Also for Edema! Gave it to a heart transplant patient in rejection. We watched the edema decrease in ankles 3-5 cm every 15 minutes.”
  • CSN: “I use it in my homemade: Soap, deoderant, foot spray, body lotion. Then, smoothies, swamp cooler, diffuser and water. It is one of my favorites and I use it almost everyday.”

 

And finally,

Grapefruit oil is a delight to use. What do you like to do with it? Which recipe do you want to try first? Please tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page. We’d love to hear.

References

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller

 

 

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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