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Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) Essential Oil
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: tonic, digestive, antiseptic, anti-infective, infective, restorative
AFFINITY FOR: urinary tract, lymphatic system, triple warmer meridian, spleen meridian, heart chakra
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, mental
PLANT FAMILY: Rutaceae
PART UTILIZED: fruit
EXTRACTION METHOD: cold pressed
*” A 1995 Mie University study found that citrus fragrances boosted
immunity, induced relaxation, and reduced depression.”
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Grapefruit is uplifting to the mind and spirit. It is hard
to be negative or anxious in the presence of this oil, because it promotes feelings of joy,
confidence, and spontaneity. Grapefruit should be diffused or inhaled for performance
stress or to cope with jet lag.
APPLICATION: Grapefruit should be diluted and applied to the feet or to areas of the
body needing to release emotions, cellulite, or both.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Grapefruit is a very joyous and
positive essential oil. It can be a ray of bright light guiding us out of darkness and
depression. Grapefruit is equally good for mental exhaustion and mental tension.
Grapefruit seems to address the emotional issues of self-worth and discontent with
one’s body that are so often a part of anorexia and other eating disorders.
The aroma of grapefruit is particularly suited to people who, when tense or under
pressure, eat as a means of relieving stress or finding comfort. Often, the driving
emotion is frustration because their too high expectations have not been met in some
way. If they reacted to their frustration with anger or blame of themselves or others, a
layer of guilt is added to the frustration. Grapefruit can be used to assist with programs for
drug withdrawal and to cope with the after-effects of drinking too many alcoholic
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Grapefruit detoxifies the lymphatic system. This makes it a
useful tonic for many body systems. It is specific for water retention and the dissolving
of cellulite. Grapefruit aids with gallstones, water retention, and kidney and liver disorders. Grapefruit, diluted in water, can be used as an astringent face wash for acne.
Grapefruit can relieve a migraine headache and return the energy system to normal
after long jet flights. Grapefruit is one of the best oils for premenstrual water retention
CAUTIONS: Grapefruit is photo-toxic. It is recommended by some experts that you
avoid exposing areas of skin to which grapefruit has been applied to sunlight or UV rays
for at least 12 hours.
(oil information courtesy of Butterfly Expression LLC) * (Essential oils pocket reference 4th edition)
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*This information does not represent any implied or express warranties and has not been
evaluated by the FDA. not intended to prescribe, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease
or condition. “Le” denotes Butterfly express blend.