21 November 2008

Botanical Name
Citrus paradisi

Origin
Asia

Color
Pale yellow–yellow or pink

Consistency/ Viscosity
Thin, watery viscosity

Perfumery Note
Top

Aroma
Sharp, refreshing, sweet citrusy, similar to lemon and reminiscent to the aroma of the grapefruit rind, but more concentrated

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong

Extraction Method
The oil is extracted from fresh peel by cold expression

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Limonene, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellal, Neral, A-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, linalool, decyl acetate, neryl acetate and terpinen-4-ol

Therapeutic Properties
Antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, diuretic, disinfectant, lymphatic stimulant, tonic and anti-infectious

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Grapefruit oil is valuable to immune system as it has high vitamin C content
  • It helps in protection against colds and flu
  • It has a very positive effect on obesity. The pleasing aroma has laboratory-confirmed appetite reducing effects. It has been shown in laboratory studies to increase the metabolism of adipose tissue (fat cells, and specifically 'brown' fat cells)
  • It helps in removing excess water from the body
  • It is great for treating cellulite, strech marks and oily skin
  • It has an uplifting effect on the mood and helps with stress and depression
  • It is used to irradicate muscle fatigue and stiffness while stimulating the lymphatic system hence clearing the body of toxins
  • It helps to clear congested oily skin and also assists with acne, while toning the skin and tissues cos the astringent effect
  • Grapefruit is used in hair care to promote hair growth
  • Grapefruit is noted to be antiseptic, disinfecting, detoxifying, and diuretic

Precaution

  • Phototoxic. Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity
  • Although only the distilled variety (which this is not) is known to be photo-sensitizing, one should still test to see if photosensitization of this cold-pressed variety essential oil occurs
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Bergamot, Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, and generally mixes well with most spice oils and other citrus oil

Recipe

To assist in weight loss :
  • Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Lemon (1:1:1 ratio)
  • Mix in a separate bottle
  • Open and inhale deeply whenever you desire
  • The uplifting, releasing effect can help bring a positive emotional and mental state, helping you curb the craving to eat when things get hectic
For and emotional release :
In a diffuser or diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically : 18 drops Grapefruit, 1 drop Bergamot oil, 1 drop Rose Otto. Use these ratios to create whatever amount of the blend you desire.

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