Over the years, Grapefruit has consistently been one of my favorite essential oils. It just seems to speak to my Soul, and a quick sniff is all I need to experience a shift. This has caused me to whether its Latin name, Citrus x paradisi, points to its Inner Nature. Certainly, the shift and happiness I experience with just a quick sniff of this oil would seem to support this. I certainly find that at this time of the year, including Grapefruit in your blends, could certainly help to bring in energetic light during Winter’s dark days.
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)
Plant Description: A cultivated tree that can grow over 10 meters tall, with glossy leaves and large yellow fruits.
History/Folklore: The origin of the tree is uncertain although it is thought to be a hybrid of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) and the pomelo (Citrus maximus). In the 12th century, it was introduced into Spain from tropical Asia by Arab traders. Captain Shaddock introduced grapefruit into the West Indies during the 18th century. The name “grapefruit” apparently came from the fact that the globe-shaped fruits grow in grape-like clusters of between 12 to 20 fruits.
Extraction: The essential oil is generally obtained through cold expression of the rind of the fruit.
Aroma: Sweet, citrusy and refreshing.
Odor intensity: Medium
Perfume Note: Top
Blends well with: Lemon, bergamot, Neroli, palmarosa, cypress, geranium, lavender, rosemary, cardamom and other spice oils.
Perfume Key Qualities: Cleansing, stimulating, refreshing, uplifting.
Chemistry: Esters (0.5%); Aldehydes (1.5%); Lactones (.5%); Monoterpenes (95%); Alcohol (1%)
Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitising, however may be slightly phototoxic.
Traditionally used on a physical level for Skin Care: Acne, congested and oily skin, promotes hair growth, tones the skin and tissues.
Circulation, muscles, and joints: I Cellulitis, muscle fatigue, obesity, stiffness, water retention.
Immune System: Chills, colds, flu
Nervous System: Depression, headaches, nervous exhaustion, performance stress.
Traditionally used on a psychological level for its uplifting but calming properties. It can be helpful in cases of depression, nervous exhaustion, performance stress, jet lag, PMS, alcohol, and drug withdrawal. It can give one a feeling of euphoria.
On a subtle level, Grapefruit helps to calm mental chatter. It dissolves emotional energy blocks especially frustration and self-blame. It promotes confidence, as well as increasing intuition and mental clarity.
In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Grapefruit has the theme of returning to the Light – a desire to be one with the Light. A desire for redemption in the classical religious sense.
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