Essential Oils 101: Grapefruit

We could all use something bright and uplifting right now, and what better than the fruit known exactly for those properties? Growing up, I wasn’t a huge fan of grapefruit; it was way too tart for me. Now, however, I have come to see the beauty in its flavor and in its many beneficial uses. 

Aromatherapy:

Grapefruit oil is primarily citrus, floral, and fruity. It’s known for having an energizing and uplifting aroma, making it great to diffuse in the mornings or early afternoons for a nice boost. Healthline claims that research also supports grapefruit oil, when diffused for 15 minutes 3 times a week, can act as an appetite suppressant. This, combined with its metabolic stimulant properties can aid in weight loss.

Health Benefits:

Grapefruit essential oil possesses potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it helpful in fighting off harmful bacteria that cause E-Coli, strep throat, and stomach ulcers. The antibacterial properties also make the oil adept at fighting acne and treating other skin conditions. Diluting grapefruit oil with a carrier and applying it topically is the most efficient way to utilize it for health purposes. However, using citrus oils like grapefruit on your skin can cause photosensitivity and make you more susceptible to sunburns, so always be cautious when using it if you plan to be outdoors.

Food & Beverage:

Grapefruits are rich in nutrients and low in calories, which makes them one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. One grapefruit contains about 4 grams of fiber, plus over 15 other vitamins and minerals. Consuming grapefruit regularly can be beneficial for your immune system. Adding a few drops of grapefruit oil into a summer salad dressing or creamy cake frosting is a vibrant way to incorporate its flavor into your cooking. Check out Sally’s Organics for more recipes that use grapefruit oil.

Fun Facts:
  • The average lifespan of a grapefruit tree is about 50 years

  • They are referred to as a “forbidden fruit” and one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados”

  • The name “grapefruit” is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resemble those of grapes.

  • A grapefruit was an accidental cross between two introduced species, sweet orange and pomelo

  • The fruit became popular only from the late nineteenth century; before that it was grown only as an ornamental plant.