Grapefruit: Not just for breakfast anymore

DoTerra Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit is a refreshing oil that helps to boost digestion, benefits the immune system (by helping to clear the lymphatic system), helps with skin problems and can be used for muscle stiffness, water retention and for bolstering the nervous system.  It is balancing and uplifting to the mind, and may help to relieve anxiety.


  • Topically – Can be applied neat directly to the skin. It may help with reducing cellulite. Apply to reflex points or directly to area of concern.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse.
  • Internally – Categorized as GRAS by the FDA for human consumption. Take in gel caps or with honey/beverage.

Key properties of grapefruit oil

Some of the therapeutic properties of grapefruit include: anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-viral, disinfectant and diuretic.

Primary constituents of grapefruit:

  • Monoterpenes 99% (primarily limonene 89%)

Common uses for grapefruit oil

Grapefruit oil has a refreshing, uplifting scent that has very powerful antidepressant effects.  It may be helpful in preventing a person from drowning in his/her own negativity.

Its strong anti-bacterial action also makes it an effective breath freshener and helpful in healing inflamed gums.

Because of its strong disinfectant properties, grapefruit oil can be used as a cleaning spray (just add a few drops to water in a spray bottle, shake and spray on surfaces) or a fruit and vegetable wash.  To clean your vegetables, just add several drops to a large bowl or sink of water and wash.

Grapefruit oil can also be used for weight loss.  Inhaling grapefruit before meals will help to inhibit the appetite.  It also has diuretic properties that help to eliminate excess water from the body, giving you a quick boost toward your weight loss goals.  And, it also has strong fat-dissolving properties.  And, once the excess weight is gone, grapefruit oil is excellent for tightening loose skin.  Just add enough oil to your cream or lotion to make a 5% – 10% dilution, and apply normally.

Grapefruit, like all essential oils, have many different uses to it including depression, withdrawing from drugs, eating disorders, fatigue, gallstones, jet lag, liver, migraines, obesity, stress, stimulating the nervous system, it can be used as a kidney cleanser and can help a ton with cancer.

It is also helpful for treating the symptoms of colds and flu.

Modern research into grapefruit oil

Clinical studies, reported in the Journal of Dermatology, noted grapefruit’s activity on elastin fibers, reducing wrinkles after weight loss and age-related wrinkles.

A U.S. Patent named constituents, found in various citrus extracts (including grapefruit), that can be ingested, for the purpose of producing or maintaining weight loss, as well as for improving a person’s physical performance and incresing his lean muscle mass.

Other uses for grapefruit oil

Grapefruit oil can be used to treat diarrhea or allergies.  Just mix 3-5 drops of oil in water or juice, then drink it 2-3 times per day.  It can also help with constipation.

To freshen the breath or treat inflammed gums, mix 2-4 drops of grapefruit oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) or ¼ cup of water, then gargle or swish around the mouth.

To aide with detoxification and to stimulate the lymph system, especially at the onset of cold or flu symptoms, use grapefruit oil in a lymphatic massage.  Adding a drop or two to water and drinking it can also help with lymphatic clearing.

Grapefruit oil may also be used in the following ways:

  1. Scalp treatment: Mix 2% – 5% with your shampoo or conditioner to treat dandruff or other scalp issues.  Leave in the hair for 10 minutes before rinsing.
  2. Add several drops of grapefruit oil to water in a spray bottle, shake well, to disperse the oil, and spritz your bed sheets, inside the car or on meats (before refrigerating), to kill bacteria, viruses or fungi.  You can also spritz the air in the room to freshen it.
  3. Put a few drops of grapefruit oil in a cup of water to disinfect your toothbrush overnight.
  4. Mix a few drops of grapefruit oil with water to use as a disinfecting solution for your cutting board, kitchen table and countertops.
  5. Diffuse grapefruit oil to boost your immune system and kill pathogens in the air. Grapefruit’s vapors can be used for headaches, mental exhaustion and depression.
  6. Grapefruit can be diluted 5% – 10% to add to lotions or creams to help fight aging, loose skin, acne and other skin conditions.
  7. Adding 1-2 drops of grapefruit to an 8 oz glass of water creates a refreshing drink that can be beneficial to your digestion, kidneys and lymphatic system.
  8. Grapefruit oil can be mixed in dōTerra‘s fractionated coconut oil, or may be added to the bath, to assist with cellulite or overweight, colds and flu, lack of energy, jet lag, muscle fatigue, headaches, moodiness and mental and physical tiredness.
Precautions:   Be aware of prescription drugs that caution against using grapefruit while taking some medications .  May react to sunlight or UV rays. When using photosensitizing oil, wait a minimum of six hours before exposing skin to UV rays.  The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.

Get To Know Doterra TerraZyme: Digestive Enzyme Complex

doTerra TerraZyme:

doTERRA’s TerraZyme™ Digestive Enzyme Complex is a proprietary blend of active whole­food enzymes and supporting mineral cofactors that are often deficient in cooked, processed, and preservative-laden foods. TerraZyme’s powerful combination of digestive enzymes support the body’s constant production of enzymes critical for healthy biochemical functions throughout the body including healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy. TerraZyme includes a variety of whole-food enzymes that help with digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars and fiber.


Enzymes are specialized proteins that function as catalysts in almost all cellular functions and chemical reactions throughout the body. Enzymes play a critical role in growth, healing, and reproduction. They are also necessary for breathing, thinking, immune function, hormone regulation, detoxification, and thousands of other biochemical functions. Enzymes are also necessary for digesting food nutrients and converting nutrients to energy in cells.

Enzymes can originate inside and outside the body. Endogenous enzymes are produced in the body and can be classified as metabolic enzymes and digestive enzymes. Metabolic enzymes are active in blood, tissues, and organs. Digestive enzymes are excreted by the liver and pancreas and help the body convert food to usable nutrients. Exogenous enzymes are enzymes originating outside the body and are classified as food enzymes. Food enzymes are found in raw, unprocessed foods and help break down nutrients during digestion.

The body’s ability to constantly produce metabolic and digestive enzymes is limited by raw material availability and production capacity. If our diets do not include sufficient food enzymes to break down the food we eat, our body’s endogenous enzyme resources must be directed towards the production of digestive enzymes to speed conversion of food to bioavailable nutrients. Production capacity directed towards the production of digestive enzymes is capacity not available for the production of important metabolic enzymes.

The body’s constant need to produce digestive enzymes can result in chronic deficiencies in metabolic enzymes that are critical for optimal health and cell function. One example of an important metabolic enzyme is superoxide dismutase (SOD) which protects cells from free-radical molecules. Metabolic enzymes are also necessary for energy production, tissue growth and repair, and managing toxic waste products. When we eat foods that are rich in food enzymes, our bodies can use fewer resources to produce digestive enzymes and have more capacity to create optimal levels of metabolic enzymes.

Chronic enzyme deficiencies have been associated with numerous sub-optimal health conditions including gastrointestinal disease, yeast infections, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, compromised immune system, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease among other degenerative conditions.

Digestive Enzyme Complex

TerraZyme’s powerful combination of whole-food enzymes support optimal health by promoting more efficient digestion of food nutrients and by reducing the demand for internal production of digestive nutrients thus freeing resources for optimal levels of metabolic enzyme production and activity. TerraZyme can also be used as targeted support for specific food intolerances of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates such as lactose.

TerraZyme is safe to use with every meal, every day by all members of the family. It includes doTERRA’s Tummy Tamer Blend of peppermint, ginger, and caraway seed extracts to promote gastrointestinal comfort for those using TerraZyme for targeted digestive health.


Enzymes included and the activity they support

• Protease – Breaks down protein to peptides and amino acids.

• Amylase – Breaks down carbohydrates, starches, and sugars.

• Lipase – Breaks down fats and oils to be absorbed in the intestine.

• Lactase – Breaks down lactose that is found in milk sugars.

• Alpha Galactosidase – Breaks down complex polysaccharide sugars found in legumes and cruciferous vegetables that can cause bloating and gas.

• Cellulase – Breaks down fiber to help digest fruits and vegetables.

• Maltase – Breaks down maltose sugars to glucose for energy.

• Sucrase – Breaks down sucrose to fructose and glucose for energy.


Primary Benefits

• Supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods

• Speeds conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy

•  Promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance

• Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes

•  Provides important mineral co-factors for systemic enzymatic activity


What Makes This Product Unique?

•  Proprietary blend of eight active whole-food enzymes

•  Patentedt Enzyme Assimilation System of essential whole-food mineral cofactors including 72 trace minerals

•   doTERRA Tummy Taming Blend™ of peppermint, ginger, and caraway seed

•   Whole-food formula made with sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules

•   Safe to use by everyone in the family


Q & A

1. Why is TerraZyme better than other enzymes?

a. TerraZyme’s enzymes are derived from different types of fungal sources (Aspergillus, Rhizopus, Trichoderma, Saccharomyces). One source works at a very low pH (acidic) environment and  another works at a very high (alkaline) environment. TerraZyme is active from pH 1.7 to a pH 11. This allows it to be used not only for pre-digestive stages but also throughout the whole digestive tract and blood stream.

b. TerraZyme also contains all the minerals necessary to activate each enzyme in the product. Every enzyme has its own mineral that helps it to work better. Only TerraZyme contains each specific mineral for each specific enzyme. An enzyme without its co-factor mineral is like a light bulb without a light switch. This enzyme/mineral combination is our patented AES delivery system.

2. What is Enzyme Assimilation System and how does it work?

The Enzyme Assimilation System is the process of taking an enzyme with its activating co-factor mineral and combining it with a nutrient that can be broken down by that enzyme (i.e. a protein combined with protease and calcium ascorbate). When a protein combined with the right enzyme and mineral can be broken down faster and better than allowing the body to perform this task all by itself. Thus the body can utilize the nutrient with ease and not expend a lot of energy in the digestive process.

3. What about other digestive Enzymes? Will they help digest my food too?

There are two other varieties of digestive enzymes. Plant and Animal make up those two categories. Plant enzymes (usually derived from Bromelain and Papain (pineapples and papaya) are good for digesting protein but only outside the body (such as marinating a steak) as both are inactivated or destroyed at a pH of 4 or less. Your stomach acid is a pH of 2.5 depending on the meal and the person. Animal enzymes or pancreatin, chymotripsin, pepsin, or others, are good at digesting proteins and fats in the lower portion of the stomach, the duodenum and small intestines where the pH is  very acidic. This does nothing for pre-digestion in the cardiac stomach nor is it active in any pH over 5 as in the blood (roughly pH of 7.2). TerraZyme was made to be active at all pH levels from pre-digestion, through the small intestines and into the blood stream.

4. How can you prove that TerraZyme works in the blood stream?

Well this was a dilemma that we faced but we took on the challenge of proving it through various blood markers. If the lipase in TerraZyme were to enter the blood in an active form than we assumed that it would lower trigliceride levels at a much faster rate than what the normal human body could accomplish. We tested this theory by performing clinical studies drawing blood at different times after eating a meal and found that on average those who took TerraZyme with their meal dropped their trigliceride levels by more than 18% over those who did not take TerraZyme. We followed through on other food by-products including blood glucose levels, serum uric acid levels and cholesterol levels. All were improved by taking TerraZyme. Though its use is still not recognized by the CDC nor NIH, we also tested TerraZyme with the Darkfield microscope with excellent results

5. Can I benefit from taking TerraZyme with or without food?

Yes. If you take TerraZyme with your meal it will aids in all stages of digestions thus allowing the body to use the energy it would have used, to be used for other bodily functions. If you take TerraZyme on an empty stomach, the enzymes will survive the process and enter into the blood stream. It will search for proteins, sugars and fats to break down so the body can then process or eliminate them.

6. If enzymes enter your blood in an active stage, won’t they digest my  cells too?

This is a common question among physicians who don’t understand the body’s physiological processes or who are against any supplement. Your own body’s cells contain enzymes that destroy other enzymes. We call these enzymes “enzyme inhibitors”. Every living tissue contains these enzyme inhibitors (except skin cells). This is why your body does not digest itself. A red or white blood cell will not be affected by live digestive enzymes working in your blood, only residues of things that should not be in your body will be affected by the enzymes.

7. Then will TerraZyme break down arterial plaque?

Yes. There is a very well written book containing many clinical studies on this very topic. The book is called Enzymes, The Foundation of Life by Dr’s Williams, Meickle and Lopez. Over several years they performed clinical studies on arterial thrombosis, diabetic arterial blockage, and hematomas (bruises), all of which showed great improvement when one consumed large doses of enzymes.

8. Can anyone take enzymes?

Yes, from infants to senior citizens, if you eat cooked food you should be taking enzymes.

9. Are there any drug contraindications?

If your doctor has told you to avoid raw food while on your medication, maybe you should avoid taking an enzyme supplement. So far there are no prescription drugs that have ever shown to work adversely with the enzymes found in TerraZyme.

10. Is there a particular type of person who would benefit most from taking TerraZyme?

If you are overweight or under weight, suffer from diabetes, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, heart disease, crone’s disease, heartburn, constipation, acid reflux, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, Candida or fungal infections, gout, kidney stones, or inflammation of any kind, you are a perfect candidate for enzyme supplementation.


All Natural Weight Loss Help

DoTerra Essential Oil Treatment For:

Weight Loss

Being over-weight seems to have become natural now-a-day. Even the word, Obesity, is in our every day language.

Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is much greater than what is healthy. If you are obese, you also have a much higher amount of body fat than is healthy or desirable.

Adults with a body mass index (BMI, calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2 are considered overweight.

Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 are considered obese.

Anyone who is more than 100 pounds overweight or who has a BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2 is considered morbidly obese.

But whether we’re considered obese or just have a few extra pounds to fit nicely in our swimsuit…. we all could benefit from essential oils much better than any fad diets.  The following essential oil treatments help us to balance our body and increase our metabolism naturally… so you can slowly work on improving your diet and adding exercise to your daily routine… and still start seeing results.

DoTerra Essential Oil Weight Loss Help:

Take 8-10 drops of Slim & Sassy Oil Blend in a capsule or in 16 oz of water, 1-2 times a day.

Slim & Sassy®
Metabolic Blend

dōTERRA®’s Slim & Sassy® Metabolic Blend is a proprietary formula of 100% pure CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils designed to help manage appetite between meals. Slim & Sassy includes a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils. Just add 8 drops to 16 oz. of water (regular size bottle of water) and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood. For aromatic, topical, and internal use.

Take Terrazyme, GX Assist & PB Assist tablets daily

(Having a healthy digestive tract will help your body process food better & quicker… speeding up metabolism and help keep you regular.)

GX Assist®

dōTERRA®’s GX Assist® is a proprietary combination of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and caprylic acid that help support a healthy digestive tract by creating an unfriendly environment for potentially harmful pathogens that can disrupt digestive immunities and cause digestive upset. GX Assist is formulated with therapeutic-grade oregano, melalueca, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, and thyme essentials oils that have been demonstrated to have in-vitro antimicrobial properties. GX Assist also includes caprylic acid that has been traditionally used as for its specific health-supporting properties in the gut.

PB Assist®

dōTERRA’s PB Assist™ is a potent blend of friendly probiotic microorganisms guaranteed to provide a minimum of 1 billion CFUs (colony-forming units) of live bacteria per dose. Delivered in a patented, time-release beadlet, shown in clinical studies to protect sensitive microflora from stomach acid for release in the intestine, PB Assist combines cutting-edge enteric-release technology with five proprietary strains of probiotic microorganisms that support healthy digestive functions and immunities. PB Assist is safe for use by all members of your family.

Additional Help:

Drink DoTerra Trim Shakes for breakfast

Take Life Long Vitality Vitamins daily

**Rub Grapefruit Oil or Slim & Sassy Oil Blend on cellulite areas!!**

Other changes can have an impact on your weight loss success:

  • Eat only at the table. No snacking in front of the TV, in bed, while driving, or while standing in front of the open refrigerator.
  • Learn about appropriate portion sizes.
  • Choose low-calorie snacks, such as raw vegetables.
  • Learn new ways to manage stress, rather than snacking. Examples may be meditation, yoga, or exercise.
  • Keep a diet and exercise journal. This may help you identify overeating triggers in your life.

    All adults should get 2 1/2 hours of aerobic exercise each week. Spread the exercise out over the week. Exercise for at least 10 minutes at a time.

    Find ways to increase your activity level very day.

    • Walk instead of driving. If you have to drive, park several blocks away from your destination.
    • Climb stairs instead of using an elevator or escalator.
    • Do other house activities, such as gardening.

    In addition to burning off extra calories, exercise will also:

    • Lift your mood and help with anxiety
    • Make your bones stronger
    • Reduce your chance of having a heart attack or stroke
    • Help you manage high blood pressure and cholesterol



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