Cold pressed from the rind of the grapefruit, the essential oil is citrus-y, floral and fruity. It’s clean and fresh.
Grapefruit is said to aid in weight loss and is often used in weight loss products. Since I have a bit of a weight problem myself, I’ve started using a drop in my seltzer in mid afternoon to give me a boost in my energy level and to calm those food cravings.
Grapefruit is said to help with hangovers, by diffusion or inhaling the oil from a cotton ball or piece of tissue on which a drop of oil is placed, or directly from the bottle.
I like to use it in the shower. Turn off the shower for a moment after you’ve finished washing, put a couple of drops in your palm, rub your hands together and rub it over your wet skin. Stay away from sensitive areas. Turn the water back on and rinse off. It just makes me feel better. Or you could dilute with a carrier oil for an after shower body oil. Grapefruit doesn’t have the extreme UV sensitivity of other citrus based essential oils, so you don’t have to worry about sun exposure. Grapefruit is useful in skin preparations for oily skin. Combined with witch hazel it can be an astringent tonic for oily skin.
Grapefruit is generally considered safe for human consumption, so it can be used as a dietary supplement, or used in cooking. It shouldn’t be used for children under 6, and adult dilution is 1 drop per 4 oz. of beverage. For children over 6 dilution should be higher. Make sure you only use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. They can be found at doTERRA. http://www.mydoterra.com/sharonbwilbur/
Obviously the same warnings always apply. If you’re under a doctor’s care for a condition requiring medication check with your physician for any possible interactions with your other medication. The FDA has not evaluated the effectiveness of any claims.