Properties of Grapefruit Peel Essential Oil
Most people are already aware of the benefits of grapefruit, especially those who have taken the time to cut one in half and eat it with breakfast. While there is no doubt grapefruit is part of a healthy breakfast or any other meal, extracting oil from grapefruit peel provides many other uses. When the process of cold expression of grapefruit peel removes the essential oil, you then have an essential oil that contains a citrus aroma and is high in both limonene and citral. You will find many beneficial properties in grapefruit peel essential oil, many of which you probably never knew existed.
Aromatherapists quite often recommend grapefruit peel essential oil because it possesses stimulating properties. This allows grapefruit oil to be used for those who are suffering from exhaustion and fatigue. Various organizations have conducted studies that prove using grapefruit peel essential oil even stimulates the body's sympathetic nervous system. Being able to use grapefruit peel essential oil when a person is tired and fatigued can be beneficial not only to athletes and others who may be “running on empty,” but also for the average person who may be suffering from exhaustion due to family or work commitments that are beyond the scope of his or her abilities.
According to researchers and aromatherapists, grapefruit peel essential oil is also a natural diuretic. Diuretics are helpful when a person is suffering from an excess of fluids and cannot release them naturally. Instead of using prescription or over the counter medications, you can use grapefruit peel essential oils which treat the condition naturally and without added and unnecessary components. Naturally removing toxins from the body is preferential to man-made treatments–not only are natural treatments safer but they also tend to be more effective and longer-lasting as well.
Grapefruit peel essential oil shares properties with many of the other citrus oils including orange and lemon oil. However, unlike other citrus oils it does is not phototoxic which means it does not increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. The reason grapefruit essential oil is non-phototoxic is because it possesses chemical compounds that neutralize the components that cause other essential oils to cause the increase in sensitivity to the sun. Finally, grapefruit peel essential oil also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make it an excellent treatment for colds or the flu. For these purposes you want to use steam inhalation and spreading it through the air by placing a few drops in a diffuser.