Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi
Part Used: Peels
Process: Cold pressed:
Plant Description: Native to Barbados in the Caribbean Sea, where it was first believed to have hybridized and was dubbed the fruit of paradise; cultivated in Dominican Republic, Dominica Island, Jamaica, Trinidad, Brazil, Israel, Nigeria and more recently in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. Grapefruit plants are subtropical small evergreen trees with stiff thorns growing to a height of 25 feet with glossy green oval leaves and white and pink flowers. Rounded or spherical green fruits turn yellow in color when ripe. The oil of grapefruit is cold pressed from the peels of ripened fruit.
Oil Description: Yellow, greenish-yellow or pale yellow-orange mobile oil with a fresh, somewhat dry citrus aroma and a delicately sweet undertone. Our pink Grapefruit peel oil is especially fresh and delicate! Although citrus oils are prone to turning sour, careful storage will prolong the shelf life: in dark, tightly capped glass bottles stored in a dry, cool, dark place, with little or no air space above the surface of the oil (and preferably with an injection of nitrogen or other inert gas to replace the air).
Historical/Traditional Uses: (More to come)
Applications: In aromatherapy, Grapefruit peel oil has antiseptic and anti-infectious properties and helps stimulate the lymphatic and digestive systems. It is indicated for water retention, oily skin, cellulite, liver and gall bladder issues, menstrual and menopausal symptoms, high blood pressure, jet lag, eating disorders, drug withdrawal, and headaches. It has an overall uplifting and revitalizing effect on the mind, making it helpful for self-doubt, self-criticism, anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress. In perfumery, Grapefruit peel oil is considered a top note that blends well with basil, bergamot, cardamom and other spice oils, cedarwood, chamomile, citronella, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, palmarosa, peppermint, rose, rosemary cineole, and ylang ylang.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Grapefruit peel oil may cause skin sensitization or irritation in some individuals. The expressed oil is not toxic in general, and is listed as non-phototoxic (note that steam distilled grapefruit oil is non-phototoxic), however, skin irritation could develop if the skin is exposed to strong sunlight after application of expressed grapefruit peel oil. NOTE: Grapefruit (whole fruit) interferes with the effects of certain medical drugs prescribed for specific conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, chemotherapy, organ transplants, etc.; please consult with a licensed health care or medical professional for specific information regarding these interactions.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this or any products from Ancient Ways Botanicals. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. For external use only. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products.