"Grapefruit rouses the human spirit from slumber," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She says the emotional benefits of grapefruit essential oil (Citrus x paradisi) are to encourage joy, positivity, confidence, attunement, generosity, spontaneity, cooperation, and upliftment.
Plant family: Rutaceae
Production: Mechanically expressed from the peels of grapefruits.
Aroma: Citrus, fresh
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top
Is grapefruit safe to use during pregnancy? Yes, according to IFPA Pregnancy Guidelines.
Is grapefruit essential oil safe for children? Yes. See caution about photosensitivity.
Cautions: Grapefruit essential oil can cause skin to become photosensitive. That means your skin is more likely to burn when exposed to UV light from the sun or tanning beds. The risk is low if you use less than a four percent dilution (4 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil). Otherwise, avoid direct sun and tanning beds for at least 12 hours after applying grapefruit to your skin.
Avoid old or oxidized grapefruit oils, as they may cause skin sensitization.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Ed.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Children enjoy the scent of grapefruit and it may be useful for adults doing inner child work. The essential oil is cleansing and may promote weight loss.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Grapefruit may help relieve muscle fatigue, muscle weakness, cellulite, migraine, headaches, fluid retention, IBS, physical exhaustion, mental exhaustion, depression, and stress. May aid with weight loss.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): For skin care, grapefruit may help tone the skin and be useful for acne, oily skin, or congested skin. May promote hair growth. The oil is also useful as part of a muscle rub before exercise and can help relieve muscle fatigue. Other uses include help with relief from depression, headaches, nervous exhaustion, and performance stress, plus the promotion of weight loss.
Aromatherapy Bible: Uses of grapefruit essential oil include adding it to blends for lymphatic drainage massage to help reduce water retention and cellulite. Physically, the oil is uplifting, cleansing, and stimulating. Psychologically, grapefruit is refreshing and reviving and can help relieve depression, stress, nervous exhaustion, and tension.
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine grapefruit oil is cooling, cleansing, and decongesting and may help relieved an overheated Liver and sluggish lymphatic system. The oil helps the body get rid of excess fluids and break down fats. The oil is useful for oily skin, acne, and stretch marks. Grapefruit smooths the flow of stagnant Qi-energy, which can help relieve tension, frustration, irritability, and moodiness. The oil's energy is cool and dry and its main element is Wood.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: The high vibration of grapefruit helps you raise your consciousness and awareness to receive spiritual messages. The essential oil sharpens memory and mental clarity and also opens your heart to receive blessings, joy, and happiness.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Grapefruit clears energy blocks, uplifts, and promotes optimism. Especially use for the sixth chakra to clear the mind, promote mental clarity, and support intuition.
To relieve a hangover, blend grapefruit and rosemary essential oils into a morning bath, according to The Aromatherapy Bible.
Use a two-ounce glass jar.
Put the salt into the jar. Add the jojoba and essential oils. Stir gently with a glass stirring stick or the handle of a stainless steel spoon. Use the entire jar for one bath.
This body scrub soothes sore muscles after a workout.
Source: Essential Living
These bath salts have a strong aroma designed to sooth tired and sore bodies.
Add all ingredients to a glass jar. Blend thoroughly. Store away from light and heat.
To use: Draw your bath. As you are ready to get in the tub, stir in 1 to 3 cups of the salts. Soak until you feel soothed.
Source: Katie Vie. "Seasonal Self Care." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Spring 2013.1, p. 7.
Almost fill a two-ounce spray bottle with distilled water and add the following essential oils:
Shake vigorously before spraying. Especially good for bathrooms. Source: Essential Living
Diffuse this aromatherapy blend in the bedroom for up to 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Combine the oils in a small bottle. Shake well. Add 2–3 drops of the blend
to an aromatherapy diffuser, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Source: Anna Doxie, RA. "Using Holistic Phyto-Aromatherapy to Support Lyme Disease." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Spring 2017.1, p. 48.
To a 5-ml colored glass euro-dropper bottle add the following essential oils:
Close cap tightly and shake bottle vigorously to blend essential oils. Let the oils synergize for eight or more hours before using.
To use: Put 1 to 3 drops of the blend on a cotton ball, on a smell strip, or in a small 1-dram colored glass vial of Celtic salt (cap tightly and shake to disperse oils). Inhale the aroma for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat as needed.
This blend is also effective diffused into the air.
Source: "Aromatherapy DIY Guide" by KG Stiles, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist