7 Health Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil
As the world's leading producer of fresh grapefruit, hundreds of thousands of tons of the popular citrus fruit is sent to processing plants for juicing each year in America. Although most of it is discarded, the rind or peel of the fruit is generally saved because it has numerous commercial uses. Sourced from the rind of the grapefruit, essential oils are thought to offer a whole host of health benefits.
How does it work?
A process called cold compression can be used to extract grapefruit essential oil from leftover peels after juicing has been completed. These oils retain the scent or aroma of the fruit, but there is no scientific evidence, as of yet, that they have any positive health effects. Those who use them, however, are quick to point out that inhaling the aroma of almost anything can have a very real, almost immediate effect on human moods, which may than affect a number of biological factors. With that in mind, here are ten possible health benefits of grapefruit essential oil.
As most experts agree, grapefruit helps us feel fuller for longer, which generally makes us eat less at major meals. According to users, the aroma alone is often enough to curb cravings and prevent binge eating.
Those who worry about their heart health have been known to massage a few drops of grapefruit essential oil into their chest before bed. We don't know if it works, but it certainly can't hurt!
Because it contains mild acids, some users massage grapefruit oil into problem areas once or twice a day.
Massaging a few drops of essential grapefruit oil over the abdomen is thought by some to aid the digestive process.
If you have a cough or a hair in your throat, adding a couple of drops of the oil to warm water, gargling, and then swallowing the solution may help soothe the area.
Like other citrus fruits, the smell of the grapefruit alone can help wake us up and shake us out of our funk. In other words, it has stimulative qualities that naturally increase energy levels without caffeine.
Adding a few drops of oil to a flavorful drink may help your urinary system, since grapefruit is a natural diuretic.
Once again, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim; but many users believe that massaging grapefruit essential oil over their liver can help remove some of the toxins that accumulate in the vital organ.