Grapefruit

Scientist believe the grapefruit tree developed as a mutation from the pomelo fruit...

Citrus paradisi

Note: Top

Parts Used: rind

Source: cold expression from the fresh peel of the fruit from the cultivated tree which often grows over 10 metres tall and is believed to have derived from a cross between a large citrus fruit called a pomelo (Citrus maximus) and the sweet orange (Citrus sinesis).

Description and Odor Effect: yellowish or greenish liquid with a fresh, sweet, citrus aroma. Its odor effect is uplifting and anti-depressant.

Nature: uplifting, soothing

Blends well with: lemon, palmarosa, bergamot, neroli, rosemary, cypress, lavender, geranium, cardamom and other spice oils

Physical Uses: Grapefruit is used in skin care for acne, congested and oily skin; it promotes hair growth, tones the skin and tissues, is detoxifying for cellulite, obesity, water retention, general body stiffness; stimulating for exercise preparation and muscle fatigue.

Mental and Emotional Uses: The cheerful scent of grapefruit is uplifting for depression, headaches, nervous exhaustion and performance stress.

Caution: Grapefruit is phototoxic; avoid exposure to direct sunlight for several hours after applying the oil on the skin.

Therapeutic Properties: antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antistress, antitoxic, aperitif, aperitive, astringent, balancing (central nervous system), cephalic, cholagogue, depurative, detoxifier, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, hemostatic, resolvent, restorative, reviving, stimulant (digestive and lymphatic systems, and neurotransmitters), tonic (liver), tonifying (skin)

Application: application, aroma lamp, bath, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Keyword: Cheering

To detoxify the body’s systems (lymphatic and the kidneys) and to reduce cellulite, mix Grapefruit with Juniper Berry and Angelica Root in a carrier oil and apply the blend to the affected areas (usually the thighs).

Grapefruit Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

For a body detox:

  • 4 drops Grapefruit
  • 4 drops Juniper Berry
  • 2 drops Angelica Root
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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