Did you know

Nootkatone, although only making up between 0.1 – 0.8% of Grapefruit essential oil, is the most important, and expensive aromatic in this oil.  Grapefruit’s wonderful distinctive aroma is completely due to the small amount of Nootkatone. which is both a sesquiterpene and a ketone,  found in the essential oil.

The name “grapefruit” apparently originated from the fact that the globe-shaped fruits grow in grape-like clusters of between 12 to 20 fruits.

In his Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s says that 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.

You can read more about Grapefruit essential oil HERE

As well as the blog on Grapefruit’s Inner Nature


Latin Binomial: (Citrus x paradisi)

Essential Oil: An pale yellow to yellow-green essential oil
Extraction Method: Two oils are produced one from cold expression, and one from steam distillation
Part Used:  Rind of the fruit
Yield: Cold expression 0.075%; Steam distillation 1.25

Aroma Description: Sweet, citrus-like and refreshing.
Note: Top
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Perfume Key Qualities: Refreshing and uplifting.
Blends well with:
Other citrus, coriander, cypress, juniper, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, pine, geranium, rosemary, lemon, bergamot and palmarosa.

Cautions:  Cold expressed Grapefruit oil has mild phototoxic properties.  Avoid old oxidized oils.


Grapefruit has antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, stimulant, diuretic, digestive and general tonic properties.


Grapefruit helps to calm mental chatter.  It is a powerful purifier.

  • Chakra: Root (also Solar Plexus)
  • TCM Meridian: Lung, Spleen, Stomach, Gall Bladder and Liver. Associated with Earth Element.
  • Ayurveda Doscha: Increases Pitta, balances Kapha and decreases Vata.
  • Animal Connection: Woodpecker
  • Crystal:  Golden Yellow Topaz
  • Color: Yellow/Violet.
  • Numerology: Grapefruit 5, Citrus x paradisi 6


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