The Basics Facts about Grapefruit Essential Oil

The Basics Facts about Grapefruit Essential Oil

How much do you know about Grapefruit essential oil, besides its pleasant smell?

Background

Grapefruit (Citruis paradise) essential oil is one of the citrus essential oils, along with oils such a lemon, orange, and tangerine.  It’s aroma has been described as sweet, bright, and, of course, citrusy.  It is cold pressed from the rind of grapefruits, and is typically grown in South Africa and California.

Chemistry

The main chemical constituents of grapefruit essential oil are limonene (at 88% to 95%) and myrcene (at 1% to 4%).  According to WebMD, limonene (whose chemical structure is shown to the right) has a variety of uses including that begin with flavoring.  Limonene also helps ointments and creams better penetrate the skin and can be used to promote weight loss.

Scent

Grapefruit is consider a top note in perfume, and is described as having a clean, fresh, slightly bitter, citrusy scent.  When diffused, it has a reputation for encouraging emotions such as joy, contentment, and playfulness.

Typical Uses*

It has a reputation for aiding in cleansing and detoxifying your body while also acting as a diuretic.  It also supports a healthy cardiovascular system and when used on the skin it helps to combat the natural effects of aging, such as loss of toning.  It is believed to help reduce anxiety, help with some of the symptoms of depression, and boost natural immunity.  When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, grapefruit taken internally can help support your weight management plan.

Many essential oil enthusiasts use grapefruit essential oil to help burn excess fight during weight loss, both apply it diluted directly to the areas of concern and mixing a drop with drinking water or a similar beverage.  It can be diluted and applied to your skin for a smooth, healthy looking glow.  Grapefruit essential oil can be combined with other essential oils to create a skin-toning massage oil or sugar scrub.

It’s also used in a variety of Young Living products, such as Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil for firming and toning the skin, the Citrus Fresh essential oil blend, and the Slique Essence weight loss blend.

Proper Usage

Experts recommend a 1:1 dilution of grapefruit essential oil with a carrier oil, such as Young Living’s V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex.  It can be diffused up to one hour 3x a day.  Grapefruit oil can be directly applied in diluted form to the skin.  It can also be inhaled directly or even taken as a dietary supplement.  When taken as a dietary supplement, a few drops can be added to water (much like infused water) or drops can be added to a vegetarian gel capsule and taken once daily.  You can also add it to drinks like iced tea, or add it to Ningxia Red.

 

 

Side Effects and Warnings

If you apply it to your skin, be aware that it can make you more sensitive to sunlight, so avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours.  Keep it away from your eyes and mucous membranes.  Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

If you have a reaction to it, or get it in your eyes or mucous membranes, don’t apply water!  Use the V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, a fatty vegetable oil, whole fat milk, butter, or even coffee creamer from a restaurant.  Again, don’t use water and don’t try applying another oil on top of it to soothe it.

*The information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Essential Oils for Chapped Skin

Essential Oils for Chapped Skin

Chapped skin is miserable!  And while there are so many over the counter lotions and treatments to choose from, they are filled with artificial ingredients and questionable chemicals that can often do more harm than good.  In this blog post, we are going to look at some all natural essential oil treatments for chapped skin.

The Need for a Carrier Oil

If you are going to use essential oils on your skin, it is very wise to use a carrier oil even if the essential oil itself doesn’t need to be diluted.  There are a couple reasons for this, including the fact that the use of vegetable oil will slow down how quickly the essential oil evaporates from your skin.  This allows the essential oil to have more time to fully penetrate your skin.

Another reason to use a vegetable-based carrier oil is because it will help maintain the lipid barrier of the skin.  Most dry, chapped skin can be traced back to the loss of the protective lipid layer on your skin.  The carrier oils work in synergy with the essential oils to restore the proper moisture balance of your skin.

Essential Oil Singles

There are many single oils recommended for the treatment of dry or chapped skin.  For starters, there is Lavender, a gentle, calming, pleasantly scented essential oil often referred to as nature’s first aid kit.  Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood is another option, with its wonderful scent and skin revitalization properties.

There is also the woodsy-scented Cedarwood, which works well for both skin and hair.  Roman Chamomile is well known for its soothing effects on the mind, but it also has a soothing effect on dry, cracked, damaged skin.  Palmarosa aids in the regulation of naturally occurring skin oils and helps deal directly with the causes of dry skin.

Myrrh is ancient oil whose history of use for skin, health, and beauty extends through the centuries.  Geranium is yet another option, and has been used for centuries to regenerate and heal skin.  Neroli is another ancient oil that has been in use since the time of the Egyptians and works very well for promoting normal, healthy skin.

Usage

As already mentioned, you can apply these oils neat or blended with a carrier oil.  V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex and avocado oil both make very good natural lotion bases for using these single oils.  For chapped lips, you can dry mixing a few drops of Roman Chamomile with a few drops of Geranium, then combining them with about teaspoons of aloe vera gel.

Conclusion

You don’t have to resort to expensive lotions filled with questionable chemicals and artificial fragrances.  By combining one or two essential oils with a vegetable-based oil, you can make your own 100% natural and quite effective treatment for chapped skin.