This month I’m going to explore the wonderful refreshing and uplifting essential oil of Grapefruit. It is one of my many favourite citrus fruits, both to eat and use in a massage or a body lotion blend. Perfect to awaken the senses first thing in the morning!
Graperfuit grow in large bunches, on a glossy leaved tree with white flowers and the oil is mostly obtained from Israel, Brazil and USA. The oil is expressed from deep within the peel of the Grapefruit and can range in colour from yellow through to orange/green, yielding a small quantity of oil in comparison to the other citrus oils. It is widely used within food, cosmetics and perfumes.
Due to its balancing effect on the central nervous system Grapefruit can be beneficial during times of stress and anxiety and help stabilise depression. It soothes the body and helps relieve headaches, migraines and premenstrual tension and may help with some of the effects of jetlag.
It is also an excellent lymphatic stimulant, nourishing tissue cells and helping to rid the body of excess water retention and build up of toxins. It’s diuretic effect could help with cellulite. A combination of Grapefruit, Fennel and Juniper essential oils make an perfect cleansing blend to detox the body. Regular massage is the most effective way to improve overall skin tone, helping with flabby skin and stretch marks.
Grapefuit is known for its amazing cleansing properties, aiding the kidneys and vascular system and said to be a liver tonic, improving secretion and function.
It can be a beneficial oil for those taking part in regular sport activity, in treating stiffness and cramps in muscles, as it helps with the release of lactic acid in the muscles, therefore easing muscular aches and pains.
Within skincare it is a particularly good oil for balancing oily skin and treating skin conditions such as acne, resulting in an overall clearer complexion.
Precautions: can cause skin irritation if exposed to sunlight after application. Avoid during pregnancy.
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang