10 Wonderful Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

The health benefits of grapefruit essential oil can be attributed to its properties as a diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic, and tonic substance.

Grapefruit, with a scientific name Citrus paradise, is commonly known as Shaddock in various parts of the globe. It also has two other scientific names, Citrus racemosa and Citrus maxima. The latter is named so because of its large size. Like all other citrus fruits, its essential oil is present in its peel and is extracted by compression. Many of its medicinal properties match those of the essential oils of other citrus fruits.

Grapefruit essential oil is composed of limonene, alpha-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, geraniol, linalool, citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate, and terpineol, out of which the top two constituents are limonene and myrcene. Grapefruit tastes great and its essential oil has numerous health benefits.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Health Benefits

Let us now see what benefits this powerful essential oil have in store for your body.

Boosts Immune System

Like the fruit itself, the essential oil of grapefruit is rich in antioxidants. Primarily, it has a wealth of vitamin C. This vitamin, combined with the other antioxidant components present in grapefruit essential oil, boosts the immune system and fights against the activity of free radicals. This oil is effective in protecting the body from all harm done by various oxidants and toxins, including premature aging, degeneration of tissues, macular degeneration, loss of vision and hearing, mental and physical sluggishness, nervous disorders, and other related problems.

Eliminates & Prevents Infections

The antiviral and antimicrobial properties of grapefruit essential oil make it a good disinfectant. It not only protects the body from new infections but also eliminates existing infections. It is particularly effective in treating infections of the colon, stomach, intestines, urinary system, excretory system, and kidneys. Furthermore, it is beneficial for oral and ocular infections as well as infections of the skin.

grapefruitessentialoilInhibits Microbial Infections

The antiseptic properties of grapefruit essential oil make it perfect for application on bruises, wounds, cuts, and acne to protect them from microbial infections. Furthermore, as an antiseptic, it prevents wounds from developing tetanus or becoming septic.

Stimulates Hormone Secretion

This oil has stimulating effects on both, the body and the mind. It stimulates the brain by making it active and gives a new direction to thoughts. It also stimulates endocrine glands and promotes proper secretion of hormones and enzymes, thereby enhancing the metabolism. It stimulates the nervous system and makes you more active and alert. The digestive system also benefits from this essential oil as it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices and bile in the stomach, as well as the movement of ingested food through the intestines. Furthermore, it stimulates the lymphatic, circulatory, and excretory system.

Relieves Depression

Grapefruit essential oil has an uplifting and relaxing effect on the mind. It induces positive feelings of hope, cures depression, and relieves anxiety and stress. This effect comes from its aroma, and due to its stimulating effects on certain hormones that uplift the mind.

Controls Appetite

If you think you need to eat less, this essential oil could be very helpful. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to take it just before a meal. A regular dose can decrease your appetite and aid in weight management.

Increases Urination

The diuretic properties of grapefruit essential oil keep your body light and free from toxins by increasing urine frequency and volume. It helps in the removal of excess water, fats, sodium, uric acid, and other toxins from the body and also reduces blood pressure to keep the heart healthy. Frequent urination also keeps the urinary tract free from infections. It cleans the kidneys of all calcareous and uric deposits and protects them against renal calculi and infections.

Removes Toxins

Its activity as a lymphatic substance is probably the best property of grapefruit essential oil. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in our body and is involved in the removal of unwanted toxic substances. Grapefruit oil ensures healthy functioning of the lymphatic system and boosts its activity, thereby clearing the body of toxins and fighting problems like cellulite, blood urea, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and renal calculi.

Acts as Tonic

A tonic is something that generally tones up organ systems. A hair tonic tones hair follicles and keeps your hair healthy and strong. A complete health tonic tones up all the organ systems operating inside your body, including the digestive, circulatory, metabolic, nervous, and excretory systems. It increases overall health and strength. Similarly, a liver tonic tones up the liver and improves its secretion rate and function.

If you think you need a tonic for any reason, turn to grapefruit essential oil, which has long been known as a great tonic for the body.

Other Benefits

Grapefruit essential oil keeps the skin clean. It is good for treating oily skin and acne and provides a refreshing feeling. It can also be beneficial for treating stiffness and cramps in the muscles.

Word of Caution: Grapefruit essential oil can cause skin irritation if exposed to strong sunlight after application. Besides this, there are no inherent risks of consuming this essential oil, although it should probably be avoided during pregnancy.

Blending: Grapefruit essential oil blends very well with Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, and Palma Rosa oil.

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On so does it increase appetite or curves it? It says both.

Thank you for your feedback. We have made the necessary changes.

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Also, grapefruit oil should not be used by folks on certain medications. Some high blood pressure medications and anti rejection medications (in case of organ transplant patients) can seriously increase in strength if grapefruit is consumed.

Thank you for your feedback. We suggest you to consult your doctor before using grapefruit essential oil.

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I'm confused, does it increase or reduce appetite? The description and diagram are contradicting.

Thank you for highlighting this. We have updated the image and grapefruit essential oil decreases appetite.

Team Organic Facts

Has to be a typo on the diagram. Grapefruit suppresses the appetite.

Thank you for pointing this out. We have done the needful.

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how do you apply ?

use a carrier oil to dilute it such as coconut oil or olive oil

Hello. I love this post, it was really helpful.

I have been suffering from moderate acne for over a year now, and it is hormonal. Im on meds right now and ive been trying so many different things. Im so happy i stumbled upon essential oils for acne a few days ago. Im so excited to go ahead and order them and get started, I just want ot make sure I am getting the right stuff. I know for sure that I want Clary sage, and Tea tree, but im not sure what else to get. Also, I read somewhere that castor oil is good for acne as a carrier oil. I have decently oily skin during the day, but It dries out easily. Im also 20, if it makes any difference. Any suggestions?

Hemp oil is also good for a carrier oil for acne. It is considered a dry oil. Good luck

Eat more fruit and vegetables, cut out the dairy and sugar. Hormonal acne is imbalance in the gut. Get some Diatomaceous Earth and take a teaspoon each morning on an empty stomach. Then take about 20 ml of organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother) and your acne will disappear over time. This cleared my hormonal acne (I've suffered for 15 years) completely.

How do I use it for these benefits? A few drops in my water? in a capsule? Topically? I'm lost.

You can do all three! Many people put a few drops in water(make sure to use glass) and drink throughoout the day. You can also put topically with or without diluting. If you want to dilute use one tbsp. coconut oil per 2-3 drops oil. Grapefruit oil can also be inhaled or diffused, put a few drop in palms rub and take a deep breath to help uplift your mood.

I'm wondering the same thing!!

I don't know if you found an answer to your question yet or not, but internally and externally are beneficial. A few drops in water make a great diuretic, while several drops in a carrier oil like extra virgin coconut oil rubbed into your arms and chest toward the heart help the lymphatic system.

Alexis Constantinou

Mother Nature is amazing

Julie Daniels Smith

I intuitively picked Grapefruit essential oil to use prior to and after my oral cancer surgery and during my radiation treatment. Today, I looked up the benefits of Grapefruit, and I say no wonder my body wanted it! How Beautifully smart is my body. Grapefruit is amazing.

Isabel Geraldes

Thank you so much for all this info!

in thedoctors show , they said that the grapfruit oil reduce the ability to eat which against wrote above.

is it good to drink the skin blended?