Grapefruit essential oil’s Latin name is Citrus paradisi. It’s a citrus fruit and the oils are extracted from its peels. As many people already know that the benefits of using grapefruit are long and it’s been used to help with inflammation, weight gain, sugar cravings, etc. for years.
Grapefruit essential oil has a lot of properties in it which make it acts as a disinfectant, stimulant, stress-fighter, diuretic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, aperitif, antiseptic, and a tonic.
Grapefruit essential oils are one of the cheaper essential oils and I do use it regularly. Therefore, since I use so much grapefruit essential oil I buy it from NOW because you can get a lot of the essential oil for cheap.
10 Health Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil
Down below I am going to show you the many ways you can use grapefruit essential oil. This is an ongoing list and I will try to update it frequently as I can.
Grapefruit essential oral is a dermal irritant. Like other citrus essential oils, it’s phototoxic. Make sure that you avoid exposure to the sunlight for 12 to 24 hours after applying it to your skin.
Depression & Mood Enhancer
Many people struggle with depression and I have written about essential oils and depression already.
Grapefruit essential oil is my top recommendation for dealing with depression symptoms.
It’s one of the more popular essential oils used in aromatherapy. But, grapefruit essential oil acts as a natural “pick-me-up”. It stimulating so it can reduce brain fog, mental fatigue, and yes depression.
There have been numerous studies on grapefruit essential oil and time after time they prove that this citrus essential oil makes people more reactive and alert. Researches do believe that it helps with depression and can help reduce the dosage of antidepressants needed.
Diffuse. Add 5-9 drops of grapefruit essential oil to your electronic diffuser and diffuse it throughout the day.
Inhale. Use an inhaler and inhale it for 1-2 minutes, throughout the day.
Topically. Mix it with a carrier oil like coconut and apply it to your neck, wrist, chest, temples 3-5 times a day.
I’m not stating that you should discontinue taking antidepressants. You should certainly check with your doctor if you do whish to quit antidepressants or minimize your dosage.
Have you ever heard of the grapefruit diet? It was a fad diet that was supposed to help you in losing weight.
There is some truth to grapefruit essential oil and losing weight, though.
The biggest reason why grapefruit essential oil can help boost weight loss is that the compounds in it actually boost your metabolism, which is what helps you with weight loss. It helps by jumpstarting your lymphatic system. In a study on rats, grapefruit and lemon were inhaled. It showed it helped reduce their body weight.
Grapefruit essential oil helps to suppress your appetite, much like peppermint essential oil does.
Inhale. Try inhaling grapefruit with an inhaler throughout the day (see my Plant Therapy’s inhaler review).
Diffuse. Put 4-7 drops of grapefruit in your diffuser and diffuse it throughout the day.
Grapefruit is one of my favorite essential oils to make homemade cleaning sprays with. Please check out my article on essential oils and cleaning.
The properties in grapefruit essential oil kill bacteria strains.
These strains are usually the ones that come from bad food, bad water, or parasites. In addition, studies have shown that the properties in this oil can fight off various bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses, like e-coli and salmonella. Additionally, grapefruit essential oil has shown to kill mold growth and disinfect water. In fact, when the oil was tested against over 60 types of bacteria, it worked to fight every one of them.
Soaps. Add a couple drops in your homemade soaps or store bought soaps to add even more antibacterial properties.
Diffuse. Diffuse it throughout the day to help kill any airborne germs that might be in the air.
Stress is something we all have to deal with. I’ve already written an article on stress and anxiety, which grapefruit essential oil is great for helping with.
Grapefruit essential oil is an uplifting and calming scent, like a lot of citrus essential oil.
The scent of grapefruit oil has been used for many years to help calm and relieve stress. It’s actually my “go to” essential oil when I’m really stressed out.
The reason is that it turns on the parts of your brain responsible for being calm and reducing stress. There was a study conducted in 2002 which showed that when grapefruit essential oil was inhaled along with peppermint, fennel, and rose it significantly affected the brains chemistry which allows you to relax.
It can even help lower your blood pressure in natural ways.
Inhale. Use an inhaler throughout the day and inhale it for 1-2 minutes during the day.
Diffuse. Diffuse grapefruit throughout the day with other citrus essential oils to help relax your mind from your day to day stress.
Topically. Add 12-15 drops of grapefruit to your carrier oil like grapeseed and apply it to your neck, under your feet, and wrist 3-5 times a day. Also, you can add a couple drops to your lotion before applying them to your skin.
We have all experienced the unpleasant effects of a hangover.
Grapefruit essential oil is one of the best essential oils to help you bounce back from a hangover.
Since grapefruit oil is a very powerful stimulant for the liver and gallbladder, it can help the symptoms of a night of heavy drinking, such as: headaches, cravings, and tiredness.
It helps detoxify your body and make you urinate more, which will flush all that out. At the same time, it blocks the cravings for sugar that alcohol usually makes people have.
Diffuse. Add it to your diffuser and inhale it throughout the day.
Topically. Add it with a carrier oil and apply it to your temples throughout the day.
Also, make sure you drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruit and vegetables, throughout the day.
Reduces Sugar Cravings
Sugar is bad and I have been stating for years that I really limit my consumption of sugar. Furthermore, here is an article which points out what to much sugar can do to your body: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar
Not only can this oil help stop cravings for sugar, but it can also help you kick a sugar addiction. One of the ingredients of grapefruit oil, limonene, has been tested and proved to help balance out blood sugar levels and help reduce your appetite. These studies also show that the oil affects the autonomic nervous system. This system is responsible for helping regulate the bodily functions that happen when someone is unconscious.
Topically. Make a 3-5% dilution with a carrier oil and apply it to your wrist and chest when you have sugar cravings.
Circulation & Inflammation
It’s a fact that citrus essential oils help with circulation and inflammation, according to Dr. Axe.
The biggest reason why grapefruit oil does this is that it helps to dilate the blood vessels and let the blood flow through easier. This increased in circulation can help with things like PMS cramps, headaches, bloating, muscle pains and fatigue.
Research has shown that limonene helps reduce inflammation and helps regulate your bodies cytokine production. This can be proved by this study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4835072/
Bath. Add 3-4 drops to your bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Topically. Apply it to your neck or wrist with 3-5% dilution 2-3 times a day.
Grapefruit essential oil is great for improving digestion because it increases the flow of blood to the organs responsible for digestion, such as the kidneys and liver.
As I have mentioned earlier it’s a diuretic, which makes you urinate more frequently. It can help get rid of any water retention and fights bacteria in the stomach.
Diffuse. The best way to use this safely for digestion is diffuse it throughout the day.
Topically. Mix it with a carrier oil and rub it on your abdomen. Use 3-5% dilution.
Ingestion. People commonly drink grapefruit juice, but I can’t stress the importance of using essential oils that are pure if you are going to ingest it. Put 1-2 drops of grapefruit essential oil with raw organic honey and consume it that way. Make sure you drink a full 8 oz glass of water after ingesting it. Again, make sure the essential oil is pure if you are going to ingest it.
There are a lot of acne and skin products that have citrus oils in them. In fact, many lotions and soaps include grapefruit because of these properties.
Grapefruit oil has many properties for the skin, including anti-aging. Not only does it help fight off bacteria that lives in the grease of the face, but it also helps heal wounds and prevent skin infections. People have even used grapefruit essential oil to reduce cellulite. Grapefruit essential oil can even be used to reduce acne. Please see my article on essential oils and acne.
Topically. You can apply grapefruit essential oil to minor wounds, and bites to help reduce the risk of infections. Also, you can add a couple drops to your lotion.
Earlier I mentioned that grapefruit essential oil has many antibacterial properties in it.
Grapefruit is good for your hair.
It can help kill the bacteria that stays on your scalp. In addition, you can use it to get rid of greasy hair and add shine and volume to your hair. Also, grapefruit essential oil can help with your hair color if it’s dull from sunlight exposer.
Topically. Add 3-4 drops to your shampoo or conditioner. Please see my homemade essential oil article for more information on making your own shampoos with essential oils.
Have you used grapefruit essential oil in the past? Do you have any questions that are not addressed in this article? Please leave a comment down below.