Grapefruit Essential Oil and its Common Uses
Grapefruit, also commonly referred to as Shaddock, when compressed and turned into grapefruit essential oil becomes one of the rise stars of the world of massage and homeopathic medicine. Most commonly used for boosting the lymphatic system of patients, grapefruit essential oil is said to improve your mood and revitalize your mental state. It is also known to have properties to help clean skin as an antiseptic and disinfectant, reducing acne and reducing unwanted oily areas on place such as your face. Now cultivated in the United States, this oil is becoming much more affordable and accessible.
The sharp yet refreshing smell of grapefruit essential oil is reinvigorating and helps stimulate mental and emotional states, helping grapefruit essential oil's title among the most effective natural anti-depressant. Why you might ask? This is partly because of the high concentration of vitamin C found in grapefruit essential oil that is extracted via compression technology. This highly concentrated vitamin C does not only aid the immune system when it is ingested, protecting against disease and common colds, but has similar effects when applied topically or used in aromatherapy or with diffusers. The odor of this essential oil is also said to relieve stress and depression, similar to the many other citrus fruits in its family.
This is one reason that grapefruit essential oil can be found in not only massage oils, but also used in bath salts, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, creams, lotions, pure concentrates and also burner form. It has become a very popular scent used in commonly used products marketing their re-invigorating and de-stressing effects.
Homeopaths also use grapefruit essential oils as a means to relieve muscle fatigue, soreness and stiffness as not only does the odor stimulate relaxation, but the properties of the oil itself helps stimulate the lymphatic system to clean out toxins and excess water retention. Topical application or digestion of this essential oil aids in absorbing this natural disinfectant and diuretic which in turn helps clean out the gastric system and excretory systems as well. This is one on the many reasons that this fruit and its oils have been used for nearly a century as a diuretic to loose weight and to cleanse the body. From this it is also said to help with reduction of cellulite. Whether this is true or not is still highly disputed.
Another benefits that grapefruit essential oil is said to have, is that is it is said to promote hair growth. The scientific data on this is not solid, but like many say, there is also a mental component of these medicinal methods as well. Regardless, it is evident that grapefruit essential oil is certainly helpful if not for medical reasons, for a good relaxing and invigorating odor in your room.