GRAPEFRUIT OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”
Grapefruit Oil – One of the Seven Wonders
Botanical Name: Citrus x Paradisi
The Grapefruit is actually an accidental cross between the Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) and the pomelo (Citrus maxima) both of which were introduced from Asia in the 17th Century. When found, it was called the “forbidden fruit” but currently the grapefruit is said to be one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados.”
Generally, the redder varieties are the sweetest and are determind by the flesh colour of the fruit. Grapefruit Oil is produced in the United States, Vietnam, China and Australia. Australia producing White Grapefruit Oil grown mostly in Mildura Victoria and Berri in South Australia. The Oil derives from the peel of the fruit by cold press.
Constituents of Grapefruit Oil: *d – Limonene, Myrcene, Sabinene, Decanol, a-Pinene, Nootkatone
*Allergens: Natural Components of Essential Oils
Limonene being the main component of Grapefruit Oil, is responsible for stimulating and uplifting the senses, bringing clarity and positive focus and easing nervous tension and anxiety. It can support the immune system by strengthening it and be an apatite suppressant. Limonene can also help with inflammation in muscles and bones.
Limonene also is a major constituent in cleaning products because it acts as a solvent and can reduce the presence of bacteria neutralising odours of stale rooms.
The Limonene in Grapefruit Oil can be a great addition to skin care by reducing bacteria and free-radicals and cleansing the skin to help with inflammation. Great for oily skin types to help balance sebum.
Myrcene in Grapefruit is at quite a low presence, only at around 1 – 3% but assists the Limonene. The other constituents are also very low presence being less than 1% but the Nootkatone gives Grapefruit Oil its character.
Grapefruit Oil can deteriorate easily upon exposure to moisture, air and daylight so storage of Grapefruit Oil is critical. If exposed these oils should be avoided.
Grapefruit Oil can be phototoxic so it is recommended that a maximin use of 4% in skin care products be used.
Although great for the skin, it may be a skin irritant in some if over exposure occurs. Essential Oils should always be diluted to apply topically and a skin patch test is recommended. Skin Patch Test
Grapefruit Oil has a fresh, reviving, sweet citrusy scent and is a Top Note Oil. It is our go to oil for “Energising Optimism!”