Grapefruit Essential Oil

Citrus Paradisi

Grapefruit Essential Oil, known for its Vitamin C content and antioxidant qualities, has historically been used for protection against infectious diseases.

Grapefruit, of course, is well known as a food and its juice is a favorite for many.

The oil has been used in soaps, fragrances, cosmetics and detergent.

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What is Grapefruit Essential Oil?

Let's start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Grapefruit Essential Oil

Family: Rutaceae
Origins: Native to tropical Asia and the West Indies. Now grown in California, Florida, Brazil, and Israel. The oil is mainly sourced in California from organic grapefruit.
Other name: shaddock (oil)
Description: A cultivated citrus tree with glossy leaves and large yellow fruit
Extraction: Cold expression
Botanical Part Used: Raw, fresh peel

Principal constituents: Limonene (90%), cadinene, paradisiol, neral, geraniol citronellal, sinensal, and others

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application


  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Avoid direct sunlight or UV rays up to 12 hours after applying
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength without dilution
  • Photo Sensitive - Must avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after application

Suggested Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil

Anti Aging

As we age we face increasing attacks from damaged cells called “free radicals”. These free radicals cause damage in healthy cells leading to aging, arthritis, cancer and heart disease etc. 

The antioxidants in Grapefruit Essential Oil can be used to combat signs of premature skin aging by attacking "free radicals. 

Mix 50:50 with a carrier oil and massage areas of concern like dark spots and wrinkles.

Apply to your face and hands every morning.

Other Oils for Anti Aging   Main Page Anti Aging

Cold and Flu

Grapefruit tastes great in your drinking water and will strengthen your immune system against colds and flu.

Alternate it with lemon, orange or tangerine oils to experience a variety of tastes.

Other Oils for Cold & Flu   Main Page - Cold & Flu

Digestive System

Mix Grapefruit Essential Oil in a 50:50 blend with carrier oil in a gel capsule and consume daily to stimulate your digestive system and increase your metabolism.

Use this same blend to massage your abdomen.

Other Oils for Digestion   Main Page - Digestion Problems

Emotional Balance

Grapefruit Essential Oil has an uplifting smell that can have a  positive affect on your emotions.

It can be mixed with some coconut oil or other carrier oil and massaged into your wrists, neck or chest to soothe your nerves and reduce your stress.

Diffuse regularly to address nervous conditions such as depression and stress.

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Instead of using harsh chemicals, combine 10 drops with 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle to disinfect surfaces or purify the air.

Grapefruit Oil can also be used in a difuser.

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Immune System

Add some Grapefruit Oil to your drinking water or tea every day to strengthen your immune system.  

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Grapefruit Essential Oil has antiviral and antimicrobial properties which make it a great disinfectant. 

It is especially effective at treating infections of the :

  • colon
  • excretory system
  • intestines
  • kidneys
  • skin
  • stomach
  • urinary system

As an antiseptic it can be applied on minor scrapes and bruises to protect you from subsequent infections.

It can be applied topically or added to drinking water/tea for internal consumption.

Other Oils for Infection

Pain Management

Prior to exercising, massage your muscles with a 50:50 blend of Grapefruit Oil and a carrier oil to avoid fatigue and post work-out soreness.

Skin Treatment

Grapefruit Oil can be applied directly to address areas of concern such as acne or oily skin.

Other Oils for Your Skin   Main Page - Skin Treatment

Stress Management

Grapefruit Essential Oil has an uplifting smell that can have a  positive affect on your emotions.

It can be mixed with some coconut oil or other carrier oil and massaged into your wrists, neck or chest to soothe your nerves and reduce your stress.

Diffuse regularly to address nervous conditions such as depression and stress.

Other Oils for Stress   Main Page - Stress Management

Weight Management

To detoxify, release swelling and water retention, stimulate stagnant lymph nodes, overcome cellulitis (swollen sore skin), and help with obesity, gently massage the areas of concern with a 50:50 blend of grapefruit and a carrier oil.

To stimulate the digestive system to achieve more efficient metabolism and weight management, take a gelatin capsule containing a 50:50 blend of grapefruit and a carrier oil once daily with food.

Grapefruit Essential Oil can also be added to a cup of Epsom salts and used in a hot bath to remove cellulite or work on swollen areas

Other Oils for Weight Management   Main Page - Weight Loss

Combine with Other Oils

Blends well with:

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