Health Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

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, also known as Shaddock in certain areas of the world, is a Citrus fruit, whose scientific name is Citrus Paradisi. It is also known by two other scientific names, Citrus Racemosa and Citrus Maxima. The latter, is thus named because of that varieties very large size. Like all other citrus fruits, its Essential Oil is present in its peel and 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 Terpinenol, out of which the top two constituents are Limonene and Myrcene. Grapefruit tastes great and the essential oil has a wide variety of health options.

Health Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Let us now see what some of the benefits of this powerful essential oil have in store for your body!

Antioxidant: 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 our 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.

Disinfectant: 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 the infections which are already there. 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.

grapefruitessentialoilAntiseptic: 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 from becoming septic.

Stimulant: This oil stimulates the body in a variety of ways. It has stimulating effects on both the body and the mind. It stimulates the brain by making it active and gives new direction to thoughts as well as stimulates endocrinal glands and promotes proper secretion of hormones and enzymes, thereby keeping your body’s entire metabolism in proper order. It also 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 movement of ingested food through the intestines. Furthermore, it stimulates the lymphatic, circulatory, and excretory system.

Antidepressant: Like the essential oils of most citrus fruits, grapefruit essential oil has an uplifting and relaxing effect on mind. It induces positive feelings of hope, cures depression, and relieves anxiety and stress. This effect comes from two sources. First, due to its aroma and second, due to its stimulating effects of certain hormones that have uplifting effects on the brain.

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

Diuretic: The diuretic properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil keep your body light and free from toxins by promoting urination. It help 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.

Lymphatic: 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 and 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.

Tonic: You are probably familiar with the term ‘Tonic’. It comes in various forms like hair tonic, health tonic, and liver tonic. The question is –  what is a tonic substance? 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 particularly good for treating oily skin and acne, and it also provides a refreshing feeling. It can also be beneficial for treating stiffness and cramps in the muscles.

A Few Words of Caution: Grapefruit essential oil can cause skin irritation if exposed to strong sunlight after application. Besides this, there are no inherent risks to 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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  • Faith

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

    • Colleen Serra

      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.

    • Candace

      I’m wondering the same thing!!

    • Trish Kinsman

      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.

  • lavender

    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?

    • Grapefruit

      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.

  • vicki

    how do you apply ?

    • Matthew Myers

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