I don’t know about you but I simply Looooove the smell of Grapefruit! Grapefruit essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene, and is a delightful way to enhance the flavor of meals and water.
Why should I care about Limonene (D-Limonene)?
Grapefruit contains 88-95% d-limonene? You may be asking, WHAT is a d-Limonene? Limonene (d-limonene) is a protectant and powerful antioxidant that is contained in the peels of citrus fruits i.e. grapefruit, orange and lemon. (Essential oils are included in this too!) The antioxidants protect the body from naughty, menacing molecules called free radicals which are the nasty lil guys that make us sick with many different types of illnesses .
***Please Note*** If using Grapefruit or citrus oils please take precautions in the sun as these oils are photosensitive and can cause a person to burn faster then normal.
Suggested Grapefruit Oil Uses
Addictions – Grapefruit aroma is said to help curve drug and food cravings and uplift the system. Try apply 1-2 drop topically over the stomach or back of the neck, or inhale from the bottle for an aromatic effect.
Anorexia – Said to help with feelings of self-approval and uplifting the mood, it also can increase a depressed appetite when used aromatically.
Appetite Suppression – Many lovers of grapefruit essential oil note that it curbs cravings and emotional eating or binge eating when used aromatically.
Bulimia – Said to help with feelings of self-approval and uplifting the mood, it also can increase a depressed appetite when used aromatically.
Cardiovascular Support – Add a drop to your lotion in the evening and massaging toward the heart.
Cellulite – Mix 1-2 drops with coconut oil and massage into the body in a kneading pattern every evening.
Digestion – Stimulate the digestive system by adding a drop to water, or massaging over the abdomen.
Dry Throat – Add 1-2 drops in a cup of warm water and gargle, swallowing after. Use your own judgment on how frequently to try this. You might also consider adding a drop to a teaspoon of coconut oil and swishing it through the mouth, gargling, then swallowing or spitting out.
Fatigue – Increase your energy levels naturally by diffusing the oil or applying a drop over your chest.
Edema – Mix 1-2 drops of grapefruit essential oil with coconut oil and massage gently over the area and toward the heart. Repeat 2-3 times a day. Also considering taking several drops in water to stimulate the body’s expulsion process.
Gallbladder Stones – Massage 1-2 drops directly over the area of concern, or into the soles of the feet.
Hangover – Diffuse this oil or inhale from the bottle directly. It has a surprising effect on a hangover. Also ad 1-2 drop to every glass of water and be sure to double or triple your water intake for the next 2-3 days.
Jet Lag – Use grapefruit while traveling to help elevate your energy levels. Add it to your water bottles or inhale from the bottle.
Kidney Support – Help the urinary system by massaging the oil over your lower abdomen and back and adding to your water or smoothies.
Liver Disorders – Help the body cleanse by adding grapefruit essential oil to your water or smoothies and massaging directly over the liver.
Lymphatic Decongestant/Cleansing – Add a drop to your lotion and massage into the skin, starting at your hands and feet and moving massaging the heart.
Mental Stress – Diffuse throughout the room or rub through your hair to uplift the mind and create clarity and confidence. You can also use topically in lotion, a bath, or over your heart center or solar plexus.
Migraine Headaches – Especially good for migraines that come about from stress, try applying this oil topically or using in any aromatic way that isn’t overpowering to the senses.
Miscarriage (After) – Massage into the body and soles of the feet to promote emotional and physical healing.
Obesity – Exposure to grapefruit essential oil has been shown to decrease the appetite and help you lose weight. Use it aromatically throughout the day, especially during times of stress, and add several drops to each glass of water (this not only acts as a supplement, it flavors your water making you more likely to drink enough during the day).
Overeating – Decrease binge eating and cravings by diffusing the oil as needed, inhaling directly from the bottle, or using as a perfume.
Performance Stress – Add to bath water, drop several drops in your water, diffuse, or massage over the solar plexus to balance the sense of self.
PMS – Add to a bath, place on the shirt collar or wrist as a perfume, or massage over the lower abdomen and solar plexus, as well as the soles of the feet to balance hormones.
Skin Cancer – Studies have shown a decrease in skin cancer with the consumption of grapefruit peels (where the oils are found). Add to your water daily, and consider massaging into the skin every evening, or over areas of high sun exposure (avoid direct sunlight afterwards though as this will ironically make your skin more photosensitive).
Stress – Diffuse this one during times of stress, add a drop to a cotton ball and leave in the car vent, and massage into the chest.
Sugar Cravings – Inhale grapefruit essential oil from the bottle whenever you’re craving sugar, and considering taking as a dietary supplement 1-3 times a day by adding it to your water.
Withdrawal – Alleviate the symptoms of withdraw by diffusing grapefruit essential oil or using it topically over the throat and neck