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Greek Grapefruit Organic Essential Oil
Greek Grapefruit Organic Essential Oil

Greek Grapefruit Organic Essential Oil

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Greek Grapefruit Organic Essential Oil

Batch: GR2022001B

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GRAPEFRUIT

 

Common names: Sometimes referred to as white grapefruit to differentiate from aromatically sweeter oil from pink grapefruit

 

Latin name: Citrus x paradisi

 

Botanical family: Rutaceae

 

Method of extraction: expressed

 

Plant part used to extract the oil: fruit peel

 

Cultivation method:organic cultivation

 

Area of origin: Peloponnese, Greece

 

Historical notes:

 

Citrus fruits feature as the famous ‘golden apples’ in Greek mythology.  It is said that citrus fruits were the dowry of Zeus’s bride, Hera, who kept them hidden in the gardens at the ‘western end of earth’ (possibly Atlas Mountains in Morocco). They were guarded by three nymphs - Hesperides (‘Daughters of Evening’).  Each nymph safeguarded her own fruit: Aigle tended the citron, Arethusa the lemon and Hesperethusa the orange. In his eleventh labour Heracles stole the fruits – referred to as the ‘golden apples’ – from the garden and gave them to mankind.

 

Biochemical group: monoterpene

 

Main chemical constituents: limonene, myrcene, alpha-pinene, sabinene, beta-pinene, geranial, neral, others

 

Colour: pale yellow

                                                 

Consistency: thin

 

Aroma strength: middle

 

Perfumery note: top

 

Aroma: citrusy, fresh, fruity, tangy yetsweet, characteristic of grapefruit

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:

        

  • Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments grapefruit is associated with the following therapeutic properties: anti-depressant, antianxiety, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, decongestant, depurative, diuretic, digestive stimulant, hepatoprotective, lymphatic stimulant,

 

  • Qualified aromatherapists may use grapefruit essential oil for common complaints such as:
  • skin conditions: oily skin, acne prone skin, but please see Safety below!
  • stress related conditions like depression, lethargy (especially in winter), nervous exhaustion, reviving, uplifting
  • lymphatic stimulant used for water retention, obesity and celullite
  • others
  • How we use it:
  • Inhalation / Vapourisation:

- We really enjoy this gorgeous grapefruit as amorning ‘uplifter’ setting the tone to the day!  Try to add a couple of drops to your morning shower gel.

- Vapourise or use in a personal inhaler for anxiety and stress – try with bergamot, sweet orange, lemon, geranium, lavender, Australian sandalwood.

- Vapourise or use in a personal inhaler for lethargy/apathy/fatigue blended with invigorating black pepper, basil CT linalool, lemon, cardamom or coriander seed.

  • Skin applications:

                -For lymphatic issues–create a massage blend by blending grapefruit with juniper berry, helichrysum, sweet orange or lemon and  dilute in a fixed oil (carrier oil).

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information

Safety considerations:


Grapefruit Oil is phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a maximum dermal use level at 4% to avoid risk of phototoxic reaction. Oxidised oil can cause skin sensitisation – avoid using old/oxidised grapefruit oil. 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.]

Store your citrus peel essential oils in a fridge to slow down their oxidisation.

 

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

 

Research and studies:

 

  • Antifungal activity of lemon (Citrus lemon L.), mandarin (Citrus reticulata L.), grapefruit (Citrus paradisi L.) and orange (Citrus sinensis L.) essential oils

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0956713507002629

 

  • Phytochemistry, GC-MS analysis, antioxidant and antimicrobial potential of essential oil from five citrus species

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shaista-Nawaz/publication/260296923_Phytochemistry_GC-MS_Analysis_Antioxidant_and_Antimicrobial_Potential_of_Essential_Oil_From_Five_Citrus_Species/links/0c960530aeb3e198ab000000/Phytochemistry-GC-MS-Analysis-Antioxidant-and-Antimicrobial-Potential-of-Essential-Oil-From-Five-Citrus-Species.pdf

 

  • Olfactory stimulation with scent of essential oil of grapefruit affects autonomic neurotransmission and blood pressure

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006899305011157

 

 

 

 

 

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