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Grapefruit Oil

Just like Orange, the Grapefruit belongs to the fire element group. Activating the solar energy which increases ones' bioelectrical energy, this fruit allows for self-purification and transformation of heavy emotions to renewed optimism. It is this citrus fruit, also called Shaddock from where the essential oil is extracted. Known by the scientific names-- Citrus Paradisi, Citrus Racemosa, and Citrus Maxima. The oil carries the scent that tells more of a pleasantly fresh, sweet and citrus aroma. Promoting a lightness of spirit and clarity of thought, grapefruit oil is considered to be ideal for the individuals looking for high returns from life as well as for those who feel let down, giving way to tension, frustration, irritability, and moodiness.

Majorly composed of Limonene and Mycrene, this essential oil is blessed with several medicinal properties. This oil of either pale yellow or light ruby color with a watery viscosity should be consumed within six months of purchase. Rich in Vitamin C, grapefruit oil
is extremely valuable to the immune system. Protecting against colds and flu, this oil has a very positive effect on obesity and also has diuretic properties, helping to remove excess water from the body and is therefore also great for treating cellulite. The grapefruit essential oil blends particularly well with bergamot, lavender, geranium, palma rosa and frankincense.
 

History of Grapefruit
Reportedly, grapefruit is a relatively recent addition to the large group of citrus fruits. Originating in Asia, the botanical name of Grapefruit is "Citrus paradisi". The large, pale yellow fruits are picked from this glossy-leaved tree, about 10 meters (30 feet) high, with white flowers. With moving times, these trees are now cultivated in many regions including USA, Brazil, and Israel.

The earliest mention of the "forbidden fruit" can be found on the lands of Barbados, somewhere around 1700. Over here, famous captain Shaddock had left some pomelo seeds on his way back from the Pacific to England. The fruit of the pomelo trees then apparently cross-pollinated with a local orange tree and this hybrid produced the first grapefruit.

By the end of the 18th century, grapefruit had spread to other Caribbean islands and Jamaica became the center of grapefruit

cultivation. During the latter half of the 19th century, commercial grapefruit production started in Florida, which has to this day remained the grapefruit center of the world. New varieties of this fruit were introduced to the market and grapefruit became the most valuable export crop of Florida. As a country, the United States is still the biggest producer of grapefruit.
 

Oil Extraction
Being another source of essential oil, grapefruit belongs to the Rutaceae family. The extraction of grapefruit oil takes place through cold-pressing of the fruit peels. The oil collected from deep embedded oil glands of fresh peels yields 0.5 - 1 %. This pure extracted oil can be assuringly used for more than just fighting cellulite and boosting your lymphatic system. It positively affects your mood and revives the mind while stimulating the digestive system and cleaning up congested oily skin and acne. In fact, the grapefruit oil massage infuses new energy into the person who is being given this special treatment.

Applicable Benefits
The refreshing essential oil of grapefruit is composed of a multitude of chemical components including a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, geraniol, linalool, citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate, and terpinen-4-ol. Exhibiting these crucial ingredients

in all its therapeutic forms, the oil promises to be a great anti depressant, anti septic, aperitif, diuretic, disinfectant, lymphatic stimulant, tonic and anti-infectious. These health benefits can be stored as the following:
 
  • Anti Oxidant: Extracted directly from the fruit itself, the essential oil of Grapefruit is also rich in anti oxidants. Having rich sources of Vitamin-C along with other anti oxidant components, this oil boosts our immune system and fights free radicals. This oil is effective in protecting the body from all harms done by the oxidants, like aging, degeneration of tissues, muscular degeneration, loss of vision and hearing, mental and physical sluggishness, nervous disorders and other such problems.
  • Diuretic: Serving well the purpose of keeping your body light and free from toxins by promoting urination, this essential oil surely has got excellent diuretic properties. It helps in removal of excess water, fats, sodium, uric acid and other toxins from the body and also reduces blood pressure, thus keeping our heart healthy. Frequent urinations not just keep the urinary tract free from infections, but also clean the kidneys of calcareous and uric deposits and protect them against renal calculi and infections too.
  • Disinfectant: The Anti Viral and Anti Microbial properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil make it a good disinfectant. The oil protects the body from new infections as well as eliminates the already existing infections. Proving to be particularly effective on infections of colon, stomach, intestines, urinary system, excretory system and kidneys; the oil is further beneficial for oral and ocular infections and skin infections.
  • Stimulant: Solving the purpose of effectively stimulating the body as well as the mind, this oil concentrates the positive energy and gives new directions to thoughts. It also stimulates endocrinal glands and promotes proper secretion of hormones and enzymes, thereby keeping in shape the whole metabolism. Further, this essential oil stimulates nervous system and makes you more active and alert. It is also given the credit of reaping profits for the digestive system by stimulating secretion of gastric juices and bile in the stomach as well as movement of ingested food through intestines. Further, it stimulates lymphatic system, circulatory system and excretory system.
  • Anti Depressant: Like essential oils of the most of the citrus fruits, the Grapefruit Essential Oil too has great uplifting and relaxing effects on mind. It induces a positive feeling and hope, cures depression and relieves of anxiety and stress. This effect is due to two reasons. First, due to its aroma and second, due to its stimulating effects which stimulate certain hormones which have uplifting effects on the brain.
  • Anti Septic: The anti septic properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil makes it fit for application on bruises, wounds, cuts, acne and infections, to protect them from microbial infections. Further, being an anti septic, it prevents wound from catching tetanus or from being septic.
  • Aperitif: If you think you need to eat more to put on some muscles but lack that appetite, this oil could lend you a helping hand. But that does not mean that you need to take it just before the dinner. A regular dose can increase your appetite methodically.
  • Lymphatic: This is the ace property of Grapefruit Essential Oil. It is lymphatic. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in our body. It is involved in the removal of unwanted and toxic substances from the body. Grapefruit Oil ensures a good health of lymphatic system and boosts it up, thereby freeing the body from toxins and fighting problems like cellulite, blood urea, rheumatism, arthritis, gout and renal calculi, etc.
  • Tonic: The Grapefruit Essential Oil acts as a tonic that tones up systems. It works as a hair tonic by toning hair follicles and keeping your hair healthy and strong. Further, being a complete health tonic, this oil tones up all the organic systems operating inside, like the digestive system, circulatory system, metabolic system, nervous system and excretory system, etc. and boosts up health and strength.
  • Other Benefits: This essential oil can also keep the skin clean. What more....it is particularly good for treating oily skin and acne. Giving a refreshing feeling, it is also beneficial for treating stiffness and cramps in muscles.
 
Few Words of Caution: The grapefruit essential oil can cause skin irritations if exposed to strong sunlight after application. Further, it should also be avoided during pregnancy. Despite being non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic; this oil should not be brought into contact with eyes as well as should not be swallowed.
 
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