Grapefruit

Plant/part: Tree/peel (source: brazil, usa and israel)

Latin name: Citrus paradisi

Family: Rutaceae

Note: Top

Extraction: Expression

Aroma: Sweet sharp and refreshing.

Properties: This oil, with a fresh, citrus smell is energising and helps to elevate the spirits. It also has antiseptic properties. Lovely fresh aroma which can help with nervous exhaustion. It relieves congested and oily skin, having a toning effect on both skin and tissues. For this reason it is a good oil to use when treating cellulitis.
A lymphatic stimulant, nourishes the tissue cells and controls liquid processes. It may have an effect on obesity and water retention and its diuretic properties could help with cellulite. As an aid to weight reducing diets, it stimulates bile secretion helping with digestion of fats. However, it is an appetite stimulant too indicating its general balancing and tonic effect on the digestion. Could be an aid in drug withdrawal since it is said to have a cleansing effect on the kidneys and vascular system. Its dissolving quality could diffuse gall stones. Said to be a tonic to the liver too. Appears to have a soothing effect on the body since it is said to relieve migraine, pre menstrual tension and uncomfortable feelings during pregnancy. It also seems to mitigate some of the effects of jet lag i.e. Headaches and tiredness. May help to restore balance after ear infections.

Chemical constituents: Limonene, paradisiol, neral, geraniol, citronellal.

Precautions: Do not use this oil on the skin or in the bath for 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.

Blends: Blends well with citrus oils, especially bergamot, orange.