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Grapefruit Essential Oil
I'm not especially fond of eating grapefruit, but I adore Grapefruit Essential Oil, and use it regularly in the diffuser. When I first began learning about aromatherapy in the '90s, I expected Grapefruit Essential Oil to smell rather harsh and bitter. I was glad to be so wrong when I enjoyed my first whiff. Instead, Grapefruit Oil has a pleasantly sweet, tangy/tart aroma that blends well with a number of other essential oils. For a lovely aromatic combination, try blending it with Frankincense Oil. I also love it blending with conifers like Fir Needle Oil.
Grapefruit Oil is a wonderfully energizing oil that isn't too strong or overpowering. I love diffusing it in the mornings or at times of the day when I need a bit of a boost. Grapefruit Oil is also great to diffuse with other energizing oils like rosemary because it lightens up and sweetens the blend.
Both white and pink grapefruit oils are available, with Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil generally being considered the sweeter of the two.
For more information about Grapefruit Essential Oil, read the details shown below, and be sure to read the information regarding its phototoxicity.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Citrus Rind (Peel)
Pale Yellow - Yellow
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong
Citrusy. Tangy like grapefruit, but sweet. It is reminiscent to the aroma of the grapefruit rind, but more concentrated.
Grapefruit Oil Uses
Cellulitis, dull skin, toxin build-up, water retention. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 57-60.]
[P. Dugo, L. Mondello, E. Sebastiani, et al., Identification of Minor Oxygen Heterocyclic Compounds of Citrus Essential Oils by Liquid Chromatography-Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry. (Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies 22, 1999), 2991-3005. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 91-92.B.M.Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 7, 167-168. SCCP, Opinion on Furocoumarins in Cosmetic Products. (Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, 13-Dec.-2005), SCCP/0942/05. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 297.]
Grapefruit Oil is phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 4% to avoid risk of phototoxic reaction. Avoid using Grapefruit Oil that has oxidized due to a greater risk of skin sensitization. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 297.]
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