I thought nothing would ever top orange essential oil for me when I started my oil journey. Then, grapefruit essential oil entered my life. I thoroughly researched it as I do with any new essential oil. I now have 20 different ways to use grapefruit essential oil in my every day life. It has become the perfect addition to my essential oil routine.
Everything You Need to Know About Grapefruit Essential Oil
The expression process is how grapefruit essential oil is distilled. The oil comes from the fruit’s peel. Grapefruit essential oil is primarily comprised of Limonene (84.8-95.4%).
Source: Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
What is limonene?
The peels of citrus fruits contain the chemical called limonene. Limonene is used in certain medicines and it also helps promote weightloss. It is flavoring in foods and beverages. You can find limonene in ointments and creams as it helps them penetrate the skin. You can also find limonene used as fragrance and cleaning products.
How to store grapefruit essential oil
A high limonene content makes grapefruit essential oil extra susceptible to oxidization. Store grapefruit essential oil in the fridge to help prevent oxidization.
What is oxidization as it relates essential oils?
With time, most essential oils will oxidize if continuously exposed to heat. Once oxidation starts it’s difficult to stop, though it is a very slow process. Oxidization of essential oils can take months. If you accidentally leave oils in a hot car for a few hours, do not worry, they will be fine. Also, changing temperature either way does not bother them, so long as they are cool most of the time.
Limonene makes up the majority of grapefruit essential oil and it is especially prone to oxidation. As limonene oxidizes into other substances, the percentage of pure limonene in your grapefruit essential oil decreases significantly. There are two consequences of the limonene oxidizing:
- The grapefruit essential oil does not do what it is supposed to with less limonene present. As the limonene oxidizes, the therapeutic benefits of the oil decreases.
- The chemicals formed from the limonene oxidizing, mostly oxides and peroxides, are not very pleasant. They are not very therapeutic and they increase the risk of skin sensitization from the grapefruit essential oil. The risk of skin sensitization is still small, but it’s no longer negligible.
How to tell if your grapefruit essential oil has oxidized
- The grapefruit essential oil will not smell as fresh as it did new. You may not notice, as the change is slow. But you may see a difference when you compare a new bottle.
- Citrus oils, such as grapefruit oil, sometimes go cloudy. If cloudiness appears, let the sediment settle to the bottom of the bottle which will take several hours. Using a CLEAN pipette, transfer the good oil into another bottle then toss the one with the sediment.
How long will my grapefruit essential oil keep?
Most often, you are not going to know the exact date of distillation for your particular bottle of essential oil. Therefore, start the clock once you open a new bottle. In general, citrus oils will keep for about 1-2 years when stored properly. Halve this amount of time if kept in warm conditions. In other words, get your grapefruit essential oil into the fridge!
How much grapefruit essential oil can I use on my skin?
As noted above, your skin can become sensitized to oil if it’s oxidized and you then go into the sun. Good oil left after oxidization should be transferred to a new bottle and used in cleaning products.
For adults, the maximum dilution rate for grapefruit essential oil in skin care products is 4%. That is about 4 drops of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
If applying the oil at more than the max dilution, do not expose the skin to sunlight for 12 hours. This can cause photo toxicity to occur.
Is grapefruit essential oil safe for my child and pet?
For your child, grapefruit essential oil is safe to use. Just make sure to follow the appropriate dilution rate for your child based on their age.
Citrus essential oils should be avoided with pets.
20 Different Ways to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil
In your diffuser
Diffuse grapefruit essential oil for a healthy mind. The scent of grapefruit essential oil is uplifting.
Diffuse as grapefruit essential oil an air freshener and purifier. Grapefruit essential oil helps to rid the air of odor-causing bacteria and airborne germs.
Diffuse grapefruit essential oil to help with headaches. Alternatively, massage grapefruit essential oil directly from bottle onto temples.
Diffuse grapefruit essential oil for 30 minutes to help suppress appetite and hunger.
Diffuse or inhale grapefruit essential oil to help curb your hangover.
Inhale grapefruit essential oil straight from the bottle to help curb your sugar cravings.
Inhale straight from the bottle to give you a pick-me-up or beat jet leg (instead of reaching for coffee).
In your home
Create a room spray with grapefruit essential oil. Combine 2-3 drops with your favorite carrier oil into a 16 oz. glass amber spray bottle. Use this as a room spray.
Add drops of grapefruit essential oil to your wool dryer ball to freshen laundry.
Use grapefruit essential oil as a disinfecting cleaning spray. Since grapefruit essential oil kills bacteria and odors naturally on surfaces, you can use it as a disinfectant cleaner. In a 16 oz. glass amber spray bottle, add equal parts distilled water and vinegar. Then add in 10-15 drops of grapefruit essential oil. Shake well prior to use.
In your skin care
Use grapefruit essential oil with carrier oil on your skin to help fight bacteria and greasiness that can cause acne.
Help treat the acne by adding 2-3 drops of oil to a cotton ball and applying directly to affected area. Dilute with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin).
Add a couple of drops to your favorite unscented body or skincare lotion.
Help reduce the appearance of cellulite by adding essential oil to a carrier oil then massaging into areas of cellulite.
Make a body scrub by mixing together 1 tbsp. coconut oil and 1 tbsp. white granulated sugar. Then mix in 2-3 drops of grapefruit essential oil. Use as a body scrub for a skin softening, moisturizing treatment that will wake you up.
For your well being
Help to relieve menstrual cramps by adding grapefruit essential oil to a carrier oil then massage into area of pain.
Did you know that your feet have some of the largest pores in your body? Apply grapefruit essential oil to the bottoms of your feet. This helps release fluids, support healthy liver functions, and to reduce stress.
Ease the discomfort of stiffness in your joints or hands, by massaging 2-3 drops of grapefruit essential oil with a bit of carrier oil into the problematic area.
Make Sure you are Using High Quality Essential Oils
Many places offer essential oils, but they are not all created equal. This is your family’s safety and health we are talking about. The largest organ in the body is skin. The skin fully absorbs an essential oil within 26 seconds. Do you want to risk you and your family absorbing chemicals or additives into your skin and blood stream?
There is not a rating system for essential oils. US labeling laws allow for a label to state “100% pure essential oil” when it’s only 5% pure. I knew I had to take matters into my own hand and wanted to feel confident in the essential oils my family used. I did a lot of research on companies and how they produce their essential oils. Based on my research, we chose Young Living to be a part of our home.
Young Living is the only company that owns their farms and has control of the entire distillation process. They are involved from plant’s seed going into the ground to when the bottle of oil is sealed.
Of course I can see that there are other essential oils less expensive than Young Living’s. But, I am certainly not willing to compromise my family’s safety and health just to save a buck. However, I saved a ton of money by purchasing a Young Living Starter Kit. I continue to save with wholesale pricing and the benefits of my Essential Rewards membership. We are getting high quality essential oils I know are safe WHILE also saving some of our hard-earned moolah.
How to Purchase Young Living Essential Oils
You can, of course, purchase Young Living essential oils as a retail customer at anytime. I did this initially when I was dipping my toes into the essential oil world.
It didn’t take me long to realize how much money the Starter Kit saves on the most commonly used oils. There is then the added benefit of always receiving wholesale pricing on future orders without any additional purchasing commitments.
I also take advantage of the freebies and the extra discount ON TOP of wholesale pricing by being an Essential Rewards member.
You can shop with me as a retail customer at anytime here – http://www.MyYL.com/jencassellius
Or, purchase a Premium Starter Kit and join as a wholesale member. You will then enjoy wholesale pricing on any of your future orders. No commitment to sell or purchase any certain amount, simply enjoy wholesale pricing.
After becoming a wholesale member, you are eligible to join the Essential Rewards program. You can an additional discount on your oils and are eligible for free products from Young Living each month.
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