How to get grapefruit essential oil (Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil): method of cold pressing from the rind of grapefruit – Citrus paradisi Maсfоd. (family rutaceous – Rutaceae). Origin of the plant: America, the islands of the West Indies. It is believed that grapefruit is a hybrid of pompelmus (Citrusgrandis) with orange. In the wild is not known. Distribution of the plant:
Cultivated in South and North America, North Africa, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean coast.
Grapefruit oil properties
Light yellow or greenish-yellow fluid with the smell of both orange and lemon with notes of grass and bitterness.
The main components of the grapefruit oil
86 – 95% (+) – limonene and a micro-quantity of many monoterpene and sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, fatty aldehydes, alcohols, terpene esters such as octanal, nutkanal, nutcaton, α-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineol, γ-terpene, valensen, trans-4,5-epoxy- (E) -2-decenal.
Oil is a vivid example of the influence on the smell and taste of the whole mixture of small proportions of substances having insignificant thresholds of smell – dihydronutcaton, 1-methene-8-thiol and karyophyllene oxide.
Grapefruit oil uses
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, diuretic, choleretic, antidepressant, adaptogenic, tonic, spasmolytic, hypotensive. It increases the body’s resistance to infectious diseases. It regulates fat metabolism, dulls hunger, helps to get rid of excess weight, lowers cholesterol in the blood, helps to remove toxins from the body. It is an effective tonic and antidepressant.
Eliminates mental and physical fatigue, gives courage, helps to cope with the state of depression and depression. An ideal remedy for morning depression: reduces anxiety and irritability, improves mood, animates interest in life, eliminates self-doubt, makes thinking clearer.
Has a reputation for facilitating manic-depressive conditions.
Brightens and whitens the skin, softens it with cellulite. Normalizes the secretion of the sebaceous glands, narrows the pores, prevents the formation of gums. Removes edema.
Grapefruit essential benefits
Depression, asthenia, stress, fatigue, migraine, liver and digestive function disorders, pulmonary insufficiency, arrhythmia, hypertension, atherosclerosis, arthritis, cold, cough, flu, cellulite, obesity, oily skin and hair, pigment spots on the skin, pimples, hair loss.
Grapefruit oil recipes
- For massage with cellulite and oily skin, grapefruit essential oil is used on a vegetable fat base (5-7 drops per 10 ml base).
- In the baths and aroma lamps add 5-7 drops of oil.
- To enrich the creams, tonics, shampoos, gels, 5 drops of essential oil are mixed with 15 ml of the base.
The largest quantities of grapefruit oil are used as a flavor in food essences for beverages and confectionery, as well as perfume in perfumes and cosmetics.
Grapefruit oil blends with following oils
Grapefruit oil combines with oils of basil, jasmine, ylang-ylang, cedar, cypress, lavender, sage, incense, geranium, rose, rosewood, palmarosa, chamomile, citronella, nutmeg, cinnamon.
Side effects of grapefruit oil
The oil is considered safe and can be used throughout the period of pregnancy. When applied to the skin, it can increase photosensitization, and therefore it should not be applied to the skin before exposure to the sun.