How to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil
Extracted from the rinds or peels of fresh fruit, essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy. According to many users and some medical professionals they may have numerous health benefits. Although not as popular as oils that are extracted from oranges, grapefruit essential oils are a profitable niche industry in the United States? Why here?
It may have originated in the Caribbean (most likely in Jamaica), but when the grapefruit came to America it found its true home. Nearly two hundred years later, the U.S. is easily the global leader in grapefruit production, with around one-third of the annual supply. Most of that national crop is grown in Florida and about half of it is sent to processing plants for juicing, as grapefruit juice is a popular breakfast drink.
Because it takes dozens of grapefruits to produce a single gallon of juice, there's obviously an awful lot unused rinds that contain essential oils that must be extracted through a process called cold compression. As we mentioned, these oil are used mainly in aromatherapy, which has possible, unproven health benefits. The most compelling reason to purchase grapefruit essential oil is that it make sense that scents have a positive effect on our moods, and maybe even on our nervous system. How do we know?
We can answer that question with this question: why are citrus fruit typically imbibed during the early morning hours? One obvious reason is the fragrance, which is lively, uplifting, and energizing. In other words, it helps wake us up and get us going without caffeine. But when sold in oil form, grapefruit essential oil is far too potent and unpalatable to simply drink down. More commonly, it is added to baths or applied directly to the skin and massaged in. The oil can also be heated and diffused using a vaporizer or nebulizer.
Although they are generally quite mild, some users have experienced irritation or an allergic reaction after applying grapefruit essential oil directly to the skin. It is for this reason that you should always consult your health professional before using any new essential oil. These reactions have not been observed when oils are used during aromatherapy sessions, since the oil is simply inhaled and not applied to the skin.
Where to Find Grapefruit Essential Oil
Although they are quite popular in the United States, essential fruit oils are rarely sold at supermarkets or drug stores. Most users buy them online or at natural food stores in their area. In its natural form, grapefruit essential oil is relatively inexpensive and has multiple applications, including aromatherapy, incense, and dermal massages.