Grapefruit Essential Oil – In Brief
Grapefruit essential oil can be used for many ailments. It has properties attributed to subduing stress as well as aiding in disinfection andante septic, stimulating the lymphatic system, cleansing toxins from the body as a diuretic and also helping with anti depression. The grapefruit essential oil is extracted from the peel, or skin of, grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi, Citrus Racemosa or Citrus Maxima) or also known as Shaddock. Extracting the oil is a technical process in which they use compression, but very little oil is collected from each fruit making the grapefruit essential oil market a specified market generally used for high end soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, aromatherapy and massage oils. Most grapefruit essential oil products are made for exterior application or for aromatherapy and diffusers. Therapeutic-grade oils made for ingesting are more rare, but also available in the proper concentrations. The largest concern for this formula of concentration is that you must be very careful to follow the instructions of ingestion or consumers can suffer minor to severe reactions from consumption- and of course it is always important to consult a doctor or well practiced homeopath before adding this to a regular diet or consuming the product on your own. It is important when using grapefruit essential oil or any other essential oil for that matter to read all warning labels. For example using grapefruit essential oil before enter strong sunlight can cause skin irritation. Also, many doctors request pregnant and breast feeding clients to avoid using essential oils as if applied in high concentrations, they can enter the blood stream and become toxin for the fetus or nursing child.
Once extracted via compression technology, the grapefruit oils are mixed with other natural and sometimes non natural products (depending on the product and the manufacturer) to stabilize the oil and ensure better shelf life and usability. Almost all grapefruit essential oils are composed mostly Limonene and Myrcene. Other components of the oils can included Sabinene, Alpha Pinene, Geraniol, Citroonellal, Decyl Acetate and Linalool. Other products also include Neryle Acetate and Terpinenol.
But what do you do with grapefruit essential oil outside of smell good? Most commonly it is mixed within bath products but it can also be used in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can be as simple as placing a small bit of the oil on a cloth and setting it near your computer to relax you while working. Grapefruit essential oil is also commonly used in massage sessions and becoming more popular in personal massage products as well. It is commonly mixed with fragrant flower concentrates such as Lavender, Palma Rosa and Geranium but is also commonly mixed with Bergamot and frankincense as well and can be applied to the skin combined with almond, grapeseed or olive oil.