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Curb Your Sweet Cravings With Grapefruit Essential Oil

Updated on October 4, 2014

Overview: Grapefruit Essential Oils

Grapefruit essential oil is derived from the plant scientifically known as Citrus paradisi, which is a hybrid of sweet orange and pomelo belonging to the Citrus family. Although native in tropical Asia, the medieval Arab traders were responsible for spreading this plant specie to other parts of the world, such that you can now find it everywhere. However, the biggest growers of grapefruit are located in California, Florida, Brazil, and Israel. The cold expression method is utilized for the extraction of the volatile oil from the plant and it can produce up to 1% in yield.

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Aromatherapy Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Like all other citrus oils, grapefruit oil is rich in essential qualities that make it useful in aromatherapy. Here are the current known health benefits of using this particular oil:

*Grapefruit oil contains antioxidants that combat free radicals inside your body and eliminate them to improve your immune system function.

*It also acts as a natural diuretic to promote urination and enjoy some other benefits such as the ability to flush out those toxins inside your body, reduce blood pressure, improve kidney function, and have a healthy heart.

*The oil is rich in antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to protect itself against bacteria or viruses that cause common ailments.

*Using grapefruit oil also creates a relaxing effect on your mind and body as it promotes production of hormones.

Satiety Tricks: Grapefruit Oil

How Does Grapefruit Essential Oil Suppress Appetite?

Upon the discovery of grapefruit oil's appetite suppressant quality, health researchers have dubbed this oil as “a dieter's friend”. These natural oils have therefore been the subject of a recent phenomena, not just for its ability to cure diseases, improve wellness, and now weight loss adds up to its benefits. There are some manufacturers of grapefruit oil that combine them with either patchouli or sweet fennel oil. These essential oils combine well with grapefruit oil to combat hunger sensations and reduce cravings, especially when it comes to sweets.

Almost everyone has a sweet tooth, which is responsible for periodic cravings or emotional triggers that make one want to eat anything sweet whether it be chocolate or a slice of cake. Because these types of foods are most likely to pack in a lot of unhealthy fats, researchers have been trying to look for natural means to thwart sweet cravings.

During their research, they've been able to conclude that craving for sweets is the body's natural mechanism to up the chemical levels in the body. It is highly associated with serotonin, which is a chemical neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating one's emotions. There are several emotional conditions such as PMS, stress, or depression that activate the emotional triggers causing one to crave for sweets. This explains why people who suffer from the above mentioned conditions are more likely to eat sweets and therefore add up unwanted fats to the body in the process.

Thankfully though, sniffing into a few drops of grapefruit oil has been proven to drive away those cravings. The natural approach is believed to be more effective than most diet programs currently available, which sets restrictions to your diet and often leads to nutritional deficiency. The ability of grapefruit oil to affect the chemicals in your brain and introduce the appetite suppressant quality of the oil can effectively eliminate those cravings.

Is It Possible To Lose Weight With Grapefruit Oil?

The idea of inhaling pure essential oils for weight loss benefits might seem odd for most people. However, scientific evidence support this claim, which adds another reason for individuals to omit desperate weight loss measures and go for the natural approach. Although grapefruit essential oil has been heralded for its ability to suppress appetite and eventually lead to weight loss, the same can also be said with a few other essential oils, particularly those belonging to the citrus family. Your ability to identify which oils these are can make you better able to reduce your intake of sweets.

Clinical studies have been conducted on a few participants in an effort to test the effect of grapefruit essential oil on the brain centers that control your cravings and how you respond to it. When you sniff the oil, you are automatically acquiring the properties contained in it until it completely enters your system. From there, it heads toward the brain wherein the properties from the oil act on your brain's left side.

This is the same side of the brain responsible for rational thinking. Thus, introducing properties from grapefruit oil into your brain can eliminate the emotional triggers that make you want to crave for sweets and other comfort foods. But this is not the only benefit that can be derived from sniffing grapefruit oils as it can also aid in proper digestion and speed up your metabolism to burn fat much faster.

Method of Application To Curb Sweet Cravings

Grapefruit essential oil is just recently emerging as another natural option for weight loss, due to its appetite suppressant qualities. But how can you acquire this quality to experience its effect on your body? Learn more about it below:

*Examine the quality of the grapefruit oil first before deciding to buy. Look for an organic certification and other indicators of its quality because it cannot perform up to your desired results unless rich in the specified quality.

*About 1 to 3 drops of grapefruit essential oil should be enough to take its effect on your appetite. Place the specified amount of the oil into your palms and rub it against each other to ensure that the aroma is completely absorbed into your palm. Then, inhale through the scent coming from your palm for at least 30 seconds to a minute to experience lasting results. 

*When inhaling the scent from your palm, simply cup it and slowly move your hands toward your nose. Avoid placing it promptly next to your nose as it can cause irritation, depending on certain sensitivities on certain individual's smelling system. Gradually close in on the distance to allow your nose to adjust to the scent without harming it.

*For more effectiveness in treating sweet tooth cravings, you can perform this essential oil application of sniffing through grapefruit essential oil between 15 to 20 minutes before actual eating time. Then, drink about 8 oz. of water after inhaling the essential oil.

*If grapefruit essential oil is not quite effective for you, then you can consider mixing it with patchouli essential oil. This combination should effectively curb your appetite for sweets.

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  • Fiona Jean Mckay profile image


    3 years ago from South Africa

    What I like about this hub is that you also included a video on how to make your own grapefruit essential oil. I am not going to lie - I will probably never make my own but it was interesting to watch.

  • glutathionepath profile image


    5 years ago

    Can I just eat a grapefruit instead? SO DELICIOUS.

  • tgopfrich profile image


    7 years ago from Springbrook, AB

    Very good information, thank you very much, this will help my friend out as she was very interested in finding something that would help curb her sweet cravings. Voted up and shared on my Herbal Habits facebook page

  • cclitgirl profile image

    Cynthia Calhoun 

    7 years ago from Western NC

    Thanks for sharing! I didn't know about grapefruit essential oil. Voted up.

  • sharing the sky profile image

    sharing the sky 

    8 years ago from United States

    Interesting hub. I was just wondering if the grapefruit essential oil should be diluted in some kind of carrier oil before it's applied to the skin. The reason I ask is because I've observed essential oil manufacturers caution against direct application due to possible irritation. Thanks!


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