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Grapefruit and Grapefruit Oil - What it can be Used for.

Updated on March 5, 2013


Grapefruit and its' oil has many beneficial uses.Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) of today is a hybrid between the sweet orange and the pomelo (also known as shaddock) The pomelo is an ancient variety of grapefruit. Arab traders brought it to Spain from Asia in the 12th century. It was then taken to the West Indies by Captain Shaddock in the 18th century.

The grapefruit tree is similar to other trees in the citrus family, being evergreen and having glossy oval shaped leaves.The star shaped white flowers have a lovely sweet smell, but are not as strongly scented as the flowers from other citrus trees.

Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C which is very important for good health. Vitamin C is well known as an anti-stress vitamin. It is also an excellent antioxidant. Eating the fruit helps to protect the body against the effects of pollution, promotes healthy skin and wards off infectious illnesses. Consumption of grapefruit helps the body absorb iron from other foods.

Grapefruit are typically cut in half horizontally and eaten by using a teaspoon and scooping out each segment individually and eaten from the spoon. Some varieties of grapefruit are quite sour and people tend to sprinkle sugar over the flesh and allow it to soak in before eating, however I have noticed most grapefruit I have eaten recently are sweet enough to eat as they are.

Grapefruit seed is available in health food shops in liquid or tablet form and is used to relieve stomach bugs, ear and throat infections, candida and intestinal parasites.

Grapefruit oil has a number of helpful properties. It is highly valued as a mood enhancer. The oil can be used in an oil burner or inhaled from a tissue. It provides relief for mild depression, anxiety and nervous tension. Due to its mild astringent effect it can be used sparingly on oily skin prone to acne and on the scalp.

Massage therapy is known to improve lymphatic drainage and hence alleviate cellulite on thighs and other problem areas. Using grapefruit oil as part of your massage treatment is thought to improve this process. At the same time using the oil in blends can help reduce muscular aches and pains.

Massage Oil to Reduce Cellulite

10 ml diluted grapefruit oil

5 ml sweet almond oil

4 drops of pure cypress essential oil

Massage into thighs, hips, buttocks and upper arms three times a week.

Grapefruit oil can be produced by cold pressing or by steam distillation. Oil of the grapefruit is extracted from the fresh peel by the cold pressing process and from the peel and fruit pulp in the steam distillation process. Both oils are a pale yellow or greenish colour and a sweet citrus fragrance. The cold pressed oil has phototoxic effects so sunlight or sunbeds are to be avoided for twelve hours afterwards to prevent the appearance of unsightly brown blotches. This does not seem to be a problem with the distilled oil.

A Blend For Anxiety

10 drops of pure grapefruit essential oil

10 drops of pure bergamot essential oil

10 drops of pure lavender essential oil

Put the oils in a small dark glass bottle ( maybe an old oil bottle), and shake well. Sprinkle a few drops on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale. Repeat as necessary.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi RTalloni. Thanks for your comments. Bake grapefruit sounds rather nice. I shall check it out.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting to learn more about the wonderful grapefruit. Here's a link to one of our favorites--baked grapefruit:

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks DDE. Yes grapefruit does have lots of good qualities and nowadays they are quite palatable or maybe they just tasted worse when I was a child. Thanks for reading.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most interesting information about grape fruit, you have enlightened me so much on a fruit I sometimes enjoy as a snack

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes it is interesting. Using it in an oil burner or even just having a few drops on a hanky or tissue can lift your mood. Thanks for reading Nell and voting.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi midget38. Thanks for reading and passing on. Glad you have found another good reason to have grapefruits.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Interesting to read that grapefruit oil can be used for depression, who would have guessed? great read! and voted up! nell

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I have seen some grapefruit that have a more pinkish red look about them. Any grapefruit I have eaten recently has not needed sugar either. That would have been interesting having grapefruit groves, so I guess you always had plenty when in season. Thanks for commenting Peggy W.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We are able to purchase the most delicious grapefruit from South Texas and most varieties from there are called Ruby Red. This is a great time of year for purchasing them in Texas. They definitely do not need sugar added since they are delicious and sweet in flavor. Years ago my parents owned some fruit groves down there.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I love grapefruit already, and now that I know it can be used to reduce cellulite, I love it even more. Thanks for sharing, tebo! Passing it on!

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi rajan jolly and thanks for your comments. I'm glad you found it interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      tebo, thanks for writing this hub on grapefruit and sharing recipes for these two health conditions that are quite rampant today.

      Excellent info. Voted up and useful.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the comment DzyMsLizzy. Thanks for the reminder about grapefruit and grapefruit juice being a problem with various medications. I did check it out once and it said if you drank more than a litre of grapefruit juice a day, it could affect the medication. Thanks for reading.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      My husband LOVES grapefruit juice, but unfortunately, he is on a drug regimen for his heart disease, and at least one of his medications specifies, "Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication." Since it is a pretty permanent medication, that really bummed him out; he feels pretty deprived.

      I tell you what--if my doctor wants to prescribe any meds for me, the first words out of my mouth are going to be, "Please do NOT prescribe anything that eliminates any particular food or beverage!"

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Carol7777. Thanks for reading and commenting. Essential oils are lovely. Grapefruit juice is a nice drink and a good way to use grapefruits, not quite so fiddly as trying to eat them. Thanks again.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I drink grapefruit juice everyday..and I love all essential oils. Going to try this and thanks for writing. Voting up and pinning.