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.

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