I’ve never cared much for white grapefruit oil–in the past, the specimens I’ve sampled have seemed bitter. There was no way I was going to put our label on THAT! I’ve always loved pink grapefruit oils that have a luscious, juicy “pop.” However, I recently received a sample of white grapefruit oil that fairly sparkles with crisp, clean citrus “goodness” and I am pleased to offer it!
In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much when this sample came in, but my beloved Organic Pink Grapefruit just wasn’t produced this year, and I knew our new Red Grapefruit, delightful as it is, lacked the astringency folks expect in a Grapefruit oil. AH… this new specimen just delighted all of us. Bright, sparkling, fresh, think of a dry champagne, perhaps. It is astringent, but not at all bitter. And it sparkles. The oil SHOULD bubble in the cylinder as we measure it. (But it doesn’t.)
Following the descriptions of our pink and red grapefruit oils, inhalation of the white grapefruit variety may have the positive effect of decreasing appetite, thereby assisting in weight loss.
Because of white grapefruit’s excellent toning, astringent, and diuretic effects, some believe that using diluted grapefruit oil on the skin may assist in reducing the appearance of skin cellulite or “rippling,” though I cannot say for sure.
Energetically, this oil shines at refreshing the mind and promoting clarity. Diffused, it helps clear negative energy blocks, and promotes a feeling of optimism. Gabriel Mojay says use of white grapefruit oil stimulates Qi, “helping it to move, transform, eliminate” (Mojay, 1997).
Safety: Robert Tisserand advises: phototoxicity (low risk); avoid use before exposing to sunlight or tanning bed, maximum dermal use 4%. Note: he also advises that though grapefruit juice interacts with many medications, grapefruit oil is “not at all likely to cause drug interactions”. (Tisserand and Young, 2014).
White Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus paradisii)
More tangy, tart, “radiant” than pink or red (primary components: d-limonene, b-myrcene, a-pinene, sabinene, d-linalool, geraniol and traces of nootkatone)
Actions: Tonifying/ “activating”
Qualities: Astringent, diuretic, purifying, clarifying, balancing
Actions on specific body systems:
Skin: Wonderful as part of a blend for oily or congested skin; some claim that it is helpful in reducing the appearance of cellulite in conjunction with a cellulite roller/fascia tool–dilute heavily and massage into skin; phototoxic warning, 4% dermal maximum.
Liver/Kidneys: diuretic for liver and kidneys, tonifying; “detoxifying”
Joints: rheumatic type pain associated with warm, swollen joints.
Emotional/Spiritual/Energetic: Great for anxiety/ stress/fatigue as it is mentally stimulating and uplifting when diffused.
Clears “negative energy” blocks; promotes optimism; refreshes the mind; promotes clarity.
Stimulates Qi, “helping it to move, transform, eliminate”. (Mojay, 1997)
Other uses: Superb in perfumery as it balances powerful floral notes like ylang ylang, gardenia, tuberose, etc.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 1 to 2 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
Research relating to grapefruit essential oil:
1. Adukwu EC, Allen SC, Phillips CA. “ The anti-biofilm activity of lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) and grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oils against five strains of Staphylococcus aureus. J Appl Microbiol. 2012 Nov, 113(5):1217-27.
2. Haze S, Sakai K, and Gozu Y. “Effects of fragrance inhalation on sympathetic activity in normal adults”. Japanese Journal of Pharmacology 90: 247-253.
3. Ou MC, Liu YH et al. “The Composition, Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activities of Cold-Pressed and Distilled Essential Oils of Citrus paradisi and Citrus grandis (L.) Osbeck”. Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Med icine 2015 v.2015; PMC4670656.
4. Shen J, Niijima A et al. “Olfactory stimulation with scent of grapefruit oil affects autonomic nerves, lipolysis, and appetite in rats”. Neuroscience Letters 380: 289-294.
5. Shen J, Niijima A et al. “Mechanism of changes induced in plasma glycerol by scent stimulation with grapefruit and lavender essential oils.” Neuroscience Letters 416: 241-246.
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