By Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC
What does Grapefruit essential oil blend well with?
Grapefruit is such a lovely light, refreshing essential oil, that it blends well with so many other different oils.
Grapefruit essential oil blends well with;
- Clary sage
Grapefruit essential oil is the oil that is extracted from the peel of the grapefruit. It is native to tropical Asia, but is cultivated in warm sunny countries like, California, Florida and Cyprus. Grapefruit is a top note oil, which means the fragrance is light, and distinctive, however may not last long when blended with other top note oils.
What is grapefruit Essential oil good for?
Grapefruit essential oil is a very versatile oil, and can be used for a variety of issues and conditions. Each essential oil has a unique chemical complex and therefore has a range of therapeutic actions. The therapeutic properties of grapefruit essential oil are;
- Antiseptic – this means it is good to use to remove or prevent infections.
- Astringent – grapefruit helps to tightens the tissues especially in the skin, which means it makes a really effective skin toner!
- Depurative – removes toxins from the body – so making a great addition to detoxifying body or bath oils.
- Diuretic – increases the production of urine, so very effective at reducing water retention or excess swelling in the body.
- Digestive tonic – invigorates the digestive system, easing any issues with the digestive system.
- Stimulant – invigorates and stimulates a particular area of the body or mind.
- Tonic – invigorates the body and mind.
- Uplifting – has a positive, uplifting effect on the mind.
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Lets look at these properties in a little more detail….
Grapefruit for the skin
Grapefruit is an excellent essential oil for oily and dull skin and can be effective at treating spots and acne. Grapefruit acts as an astringent, which means it has a tighten effect on the tissues. This is particularly useful for helping to reduce the amount of sebum being secreted on to the skins surface. It is also useful for helping to heal damaged skin.
Grapefruit oil for detoxifying
Grapefruit has a good effect on the lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is the system that deals with the removal and destruction of waste and toxins in the body, that can lead to us feeling unhealthy or more prone to illness. Grapefruit helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite, which is effectively fatty deposits and waste sitting underneath the skins surface. It also acts as a diuretic, meaning that it will help to reduce swelling on the skins tissues, that is associated with excess water and waste in the body.
Grapefruit for the mind
A lovely refreshing uplifting oil, grapefruit is really effective at promoting positive thoughts and feelings of euphoria, while also helping to relieve the symptoms of depression and stress. It can clear the mind and allow more focused thinking while suffering from stress. It can also help to balance mood swings.
Grapefruit for immunity
Grapefruit is a very good oil to use to relieve the symptoms of and clear, colds and flu. It helps to stimulate the immune system, so gives us a better protection against illness.
Grapefruit for tiredness
Grapefruit is a good oil to alleviate feelings of lethargy, especially morning tiredness, so is a good oil to wake up with. It can also be effective at treating jet lag, and general fatigue.
Grapefruit for digestion
Grapefruit can be used to strengthen the digestive system, making it useful for those with a poor appetite, nausea after eating or possible eating disorders.
Grapefruit essential oil recipes
Facial oil for dull & oily skin
Jojoba oil is ideal for oily skins as it balances the amount of sebum being produced, so can help relieve excess oil on the skin. Massage a few drops of the blend into the skin daily, preferably in the evening.
- 20ml Jojoba oil
- 8 drops Grapefruit
- 8 drops Cypress
Another effective way to use essential oils is in a toner. Take a plain orange flower water and add a few drops of Grapefruit essential oil. Shake to combine and use as your daily toner. Remember to store in a tinted bottle to protect the essential oil.
Detox body oil
This is a good oil to use on a fairly regular basis. It contains detox essential oils, that will stimulate the lymphatic system to help remove toxins efficiently and keep your body working at its optimum.
- 25ml Sweet almond oil
- 25ml Soybean oil
- 5 drops grapefruit
- 5 drops cypress
- 5 drops fennel
- 5 drops orange
Uplifting shower spray
Keep in the bathroom to spray onto the shower floor and walls, before each shower. The warm water will release the fragrance of the oils, allowing you to inhale the uplifting aromas. An ideal way to start the day!
- 90ml water
- 10ml witch hazel
- 20 drops grapefruit
- 10 drops lime
- 10 drops lavender
Immunity blend massage oil
A good oil to use from if you feel under the weather, during cold and flu season, or on a regular basis to keep illness at bay.
- 50ml Sweet almond oil
- 4 drops Eucalyptus
- 3 drops Juniper
- 5 drops Lemon
- 5 drops Grapefruit
Digestion blend massage oil
A good oil to gently massage onto the abdomen to strengthen digestion.
- 50ml Sweet almond
- 10 drops Grapefruit
- 5 drops Chamomile
- 5 drops Ginger
Grapefruit essential oil diffuser blends
Uplift & refresh – Peppermint, Rosewood & Grapefruit
Tired & stressed minds – Pine, Grapefruit & Lemon
Clearing & refreshing – Grapefruit, Petitgrain & Chamomile
Relaxing & soothing – Marjoram, Clary sage & Grapefruit
Happy blend – Bergamot, Grapefruit & Rose
Mojito – Lime, Grapefruit & Peppermint
Fruit burst – Grapefruit, Orange & Lemon
Immune boosting 1 – Eucalyptus, thyme & grapefruit
Immune boosting 2 – Myrrh, tea tree & grapefruit
precautions of grapefruit essential oil
Grapefruit is a safe oil to use, however if the extraction method is unknown it should be treated as phototoxic. This means that when applied to the skin, the area is more prone to burning, so direct sunlight should be avoided. The method of extraction for grapefruit is traditionally expression, however sometimes it is distilled. Distilled grapefruit oil is phototoxic.
Grapefruit essential oil products
Blending your own tailor made grapefruit oils and sprays is easy and fun, but here are a few of my favourite grapefruit products.
|About the Author |
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, that has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.