What is Grapefruit oil?
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, grapefruit 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. 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 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.
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.
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.
Inhibits 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acts as Tonic
A tonic is something that generally tones up organ systems. A hair tonic
tones hair follicle 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.
There is concern about the safety of drinking excessive amounts of grapefruit juice. Some research suggests that postmenopausal women who consume a quart or more of grapefruit juice every day have a 25% to 30% increased chance of developing breast cancer. Hormone-sensitive cancers and conditions:
Consuming large amounts of grapefruit might increase hormone levels and therefore increase the risk of hormone-sensitive conditions. Women with hormone sensitive conditions should avoid grapefruit.