Everyone knows that this tart and tasty fruit yields excellent health benefits; but who can eat enough grapefruit to yield the kinds of benefits that a distilled grapefruit essential oil can offer? Essential oils represent super-concentrated forms of a plant’s most beneficial aspects. A single drop of grapefruit oil contains the ingredients of a multitude of grapefruits!
As a member of the citrus family, grapefruits offer a wide array of nutrition. This breakfast favorite exists as an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Vitamin A appears as a carotenoid form of this essential vitamin. While both vitamins support various systems in the body, including the immune system, they additionally act as antioxidants in the body. This means that they seek out and destroy free radicals; left unchecked, free radicals can cause a host of health issues including chronic diseases and certain forms of cancer.
Grapefruit also offers pantothenic acid, copper, potassium, vitamin B1, and biotin. Research shows that this oil offers users significant amounts of key components essential to human health and wellness including limonene, alpha-pinene, geraniol, citronellal, and terpineol among others.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Health Benefits & Uses
The essential oil distilled from grapefruits has long been used for its properties as a diuretic, stimulant, antidepressant, and disinfectant. This oil is produced by cold-pressing the fruit’s rind; under intense pressure, oil emerges and is distilled for purity and potency.
Diuretics are substances that encourage urination. This process is especially important for the body because it is a key avenue the body uses to expel toxins. Increasing the body’s urination not only allows the body to remove toxins resulting from food or environmental exposure, but also additional water weight, sodium, and uric acid. Many health professionals support frequent urination as a way to reduce or eliminate UTIs, or Urinary Tract Infections. Frequent trips to the bathroom cleanse the urinary tract, removing toxins that contribute to infections. This same process can reduce or eliminate kidney stones as well.
As a stimulant, grapefruit oil can be applied topically or inhaled with the help of a diffuser. Both studies and anecdotal evidence suggests that the scent of grapefruit can stimulate both the body and the mind. Smelling grapefruit’s scent can encourage the mind to focus and stay on target. This ability can be especially desired in the mornings or during that mid-afternoon slump. Because of its abilities as a stimulant, grapefruit oil should be avoided in the evenings. It can additionally stimulate good digestion in the body. Students show that this oil can stimulate the endocrinal glands to secrete hormones responsible for regulating the metabolic process. Many natural health advocates recommend grapefruit oil for those looking to lose weight; as a stimulant it can provide an individual with more energy, which equals more physical activity, leading to higher calorie burn throughout the day.
Grapefruit’s ability to stimulate and focus the mind links to its ability to work as an antidepressant for mild depression. Its uplifting scent can encourage the mind to release negative thoughts and refocus itself. Several studies indicate that this essential oil can reduce stress, or the symptoms of stress, which can often contribute to instances of depression. Whether applied topically to the wrists, neck, or temples or diffused into the air, grapefruit oil can aid individuals in overcoming depression.
This particular essential oil offers strong disinfectant properties for those looking to naturally disinfect themselves and their environment. Components in this oil offer both antimicrobial and antiviral protection, making it ideal as either a household surface cleaner or as part of a cold and flu season regime. Studies support its ability to combat internal infections appearing in the urinary tract and kidneys among other organs. While grapefruit oil works as a disinfectant, it can also effectively work as an antiseptic as well. It can be applied to minor cuts and scrapes to both speed healing and protect from infection.
Finally, grapefruit essential oil directly supports the lymphatic system. This system is particularly important in the body because it works around the clock removing toxins. Beyond its contribution of antioxidants, studies show that grapefruit can increase the lymphatic system’s ability to remove toxic substances, cleansing the body. Essentially, this oil works as a stimulant, revving up the lymphatic system and increasing its ability to cleanse the body of unwanted substances. Regular supplementation may result in decreases of inflammation throughout the body, especially inflammation related to rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.
Grapefruit Essential Oil and FDA Regulations
Essential Oils are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration; this means that their quality can vary widely between producers and distributors. It’s important to research any product you’d like to buy; look at consumer reviews and any research available on a particular product. It’s essential to purchase an organic as well as therapeutic grade essential oil. Since this essential oil will be inhaled, applied topically to the skin, and/or consumed in a liquid or capsule form, organically sourced oils will be devoid of harmful chemicals, including pesticides.
Therapeutic grade oils are those that are distilled to offer the maximum amount of compounds to help the body heal and relax. Additionally, check to see where the oil ingredients are sourced from and processed. A quality product will provide all the information you need to make an informed decision.