Essential Oil – Pink Grapefruit
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Grapefruit Essential Oil
Latin Name Citrus Paradisi
Sweet, sharp and refreshing.
The essential oil of Grapefruit is embedded deep within the peel of the fruit. Some Grapefruit oil is obtained through distillation but this quality is inferior to the expressed variety. Much of the oil is obtained from the U.S.A.
It is through that the Grapefruit originates from Asia and is often grown in the Mediterranean as an ornamental tree. Others believe it was first cultivated in the West Indies sometime during the 18th century. It was then known as 'shaddock fruit' named apparently after the Captain who introduced it to that part of the world. Primary commercialism of Grapefruit essential oil was in Florida around 1930. It is used as a popular ingredient in food, cosmetics and perfumes.
Is overall uplifting and reviving, making it valuable in states of stress. May help balance the central nervous system. Said to be euphoric and slightly hypnotic.
It may have an effect on obesity and water retention and its diuretic properties could help with cellulite. As an aid to weight reducing diets, it stimulates the bile secretion helping with digestion of fats. Could be an aid in drug withdrawal since it is said to have a cleansing effect on the kidneys and vascular system. Its dissolving quality could diffuse gallstones. Said to be a liver tonic too. Because of its soothing effect on the body use to relieve migraine and pre menstrual tension. It seems to mitigate some of the effects of jet lag i.e. headaches and tiredness.
Effect on skin
Rich in vitamin A, which helps heal the skin. Also helps ease the pain of insect bites.
Black pepper, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniperberry, Litsea Cubeba, Mandarin, Melissa, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.
Essential Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.