Country of Origin
Native to tropical Asia and the West Indies; cultivated in California, Florida, Brazil, and Israel. Grapefruit is primarily produced in California.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Citrus Rind (Peel)
Pale Yellow – Yellow
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium – Strong
Fresh, fruity, bright, citrus aroma typical of the fruit
Possible Substitute Oils
Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Tangerine
Blends Well With
bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cassia, chamomile (Roman & German), citronella, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemon verbena, lime, orange, neroli, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, ravensara, rosemary, Spanish sage, tangerine, thyme, ylang ylang
Grapefruit Essential Oil Uses
Acne, Antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, reduces excess fluid retention, appetite balancer, supports healthy lymphatic function, astringent, aids digestion, decongestant, diuretic, weight management, cellulitis, brightens dull skin, strengthens nails, immune supportive, aids detoxification, reduces the appearance of blemishes, reduces oily skin, restorative, stimulating, stress management, antidepressant, energizing, reduces nervous exhaustion, reduces fear.
Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 104-105.
Dr. Scott A. Johnson, Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy (Scott A. Johnson Professional Writing Services, 2015), 123-124.
Possibly Also: May Support Weight Loss and Appetite Suppression
Major Constituents of Grapefruit Essential Oil
See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.
Source: P. Dugo, L. Mondello, E. Sebastiani, et al., Identification of Minor Oxygen Heterocyclic Compounds of Citrus Essential Oils by Liquid Chromatography-Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry. (Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies 22, 1999), 2991-3005. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 91-92.B.M.Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 7, 167-168. SCCP, Opinion on Furocoumarins in Cosmetic Products. (Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, 13-Dec.-2005), SCCP/0942/05. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 297.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Safety Information
Grapefruit Oil is phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 4% to avoid risk of phototoxic reaction. Avoid using Grapefruit Oil that has oxidized due to a greater risk of skin sensitization. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 297.]
Recommended Dilution Range
3%-50%; neat for some conditions
General Safety Information
Do not take essential oils internally nor apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Read, Birkat Natural’s, Guide to Diluting Essential Oils, for general dilution information. If you are currently experiencing pregnancy, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, have any other medical problem, or are otherwise under the care of a physician, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Carefully read Birkat Natural’s Essential Oil Safety Information page, before using any essential oil. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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