Grapefruit Essential Oil

Citrus paradisi

Grapefruit essential oil has a fresh, uplifting aroma and has cleansing properties.  When taken internally, it supports healthy weight management, as well as the lymphatic and circulatory systems.*  A natural cross of the pomelo and the sweet orange, grapefruit likely originated in Jamaica before spreading to America and throughout citrus-growing areas.  Today this evergreen tree is cultivated in the United States, South Africa, Brazil, and Israel.  Grapefruit essential oil has a zesty, uplifting aroma that refreshes the air when diffused.  It also provides cleansing action, making it a popular addition to skincare and home-cleaning products. 

Grapefruit and Grapefruit Vitality are the same essential oil.

Product Profile

  • Has a fresh, uplifting, citrus aroma

  • Neutralizes unwanted odors and cleanses the air when diffused

  • Is a great addition to household cleaning solutions

  • May support the lymphatic and circulatory systems and support healthy weight management when taken internally*

  • Contains antioxidants*

Product Use & Tips

Suggestions from Young Living

  • Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to desired area as needed.

  • Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily.

  • Diffuse Grapefruit with Ylang Ylang or Geranium for an uplifting and cheerful citrus-floral aroma.

  • Add it to home cleaning solutions or mix it with alcohol-free witch hazel to make a fabric-refreshing spray.

  • Combine with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and use it as part of a circulation-boosting massage.

  • Add 1–2 drops of Grapefruit Vitality to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily to support the lymphatic system, circulatory system, and healthy weight management.*

  • Add 1–2 drops of Grapefruit Vitality to your sparkling water or NingXia Red® for a crisp and refreshing beverage*

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Diffusing Notes

These are approximate drops.  Adjust recipes to your needs.  If a recipe is too strong for you, add fewer drops.  Do you need more?  Just add more, but no more than 8-12 drops for all of our diffusers with the exception of the Aria diffuser which requires 15-25 drops.

Tip:  When you first begin diffusing, start with less essential oil than listed in the recipes and build to more as desired.  You should give your body time to adjust to the essential oils.  Almost all the Young Living diffusers are ultrasonic which provides a cool-mist humidifier along with the essential oils.  These diffusers are safe to run all day.  Pay attention to the size of the room because the size will impact the intensity of diffusing.  Nebulizers and atomizers are different than ultrasonic diffusers because they do not use water.  For these, note the time limit for diffusing stated on each individual oil bottle.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusers work by using vibrations to break down water and essential oils into tiny particles, creating a fine mist that is released into the air.  Inside the diffuser, there’s a small disc that vibrates rapidly, usually at ultrasonic frequencies (beyond what humans can hear).  This vibration agitates the water and oil mixture, breaking it into micro-droplets that are then dispersed as a mist.  This mist carries the pleasant aroma of the essential oils and tiny water particles, helping to humidify the air and spread the fragrance throughout a room.  Ultrasonic diffusers are popular for their ease of use, quiet operation, and ability to provide both aromatherapy benefits and a visually appealing ambiance.

Cleaning Your Diffuser

  • Always turn off and unplug the diffuser prior to cleaning.
  • To ensure proper performance, clean the ultrasonic plate and lid after each use.
  • If essential oil begins to build up on the ultrasonic plate, gently wipe it off using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  • If essential oil begins to build up on the lid, gently wipe it off using mild soap and water only.
  • Never use a corrosive detergent to clean the ultrasonic plate or damage will occur.
  • Periodically check under the diffuser to keep the fan intake free of debris.
  • Debris can be removed by blowing on the fan intake opening or wiping with a clean, dry cloth. (Do not use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives to clean the plastic housing.)
  • When not in use, clean the diffuser and store dry. Replacement ultrasonic plates can be purchased from Young Living.

 

Aromatherapy

When odorant molecules attach to odorant receptors, your body responds by sending electrical impulses into your brain. This causes different physiological reactions depending on the aromas detected.

The sense of smell has a profound impact on your emotions and inner desires.  Those scents can set the mood or bring up memories before you are even aware of it.

Aromas impact your body and they can set the mood and atmosphere in any environment. 

The sense of smell is directly connected to the limbic lobe of your brain, also known as the emotional control center.  The limbic lobe plays a big role in your mood, memory, behavior, feelings, and emotions, and it is connected to the olfactory bulb in the nose.

How to Use Essential Oils

Aromatically, Topically, Internally & Safely

You just purchased a bundle, kit, or collection of essential oils.  Now you’re overwhelmed by how to use them.  We’ve all been intimidated by how to use essential oils.  With a little practice and this simple guide, you’ll be an expert in no time.

This video covers how to use essential oils:
• Aromatically
• Topically
• Internally
• Safely

How to Apply Essential Oils - Three Main Methods

Stumped on how to apply your essential oils? How you apply an oil depends on what benefit you want to get out of it. Different oils offer different benefits, depending on how and where you apply them.  So, before using any new essential oil, be sure to check that oil’s uses and benefits and read any labels and instructions that come with it. If you have questions or concerns, check with your healthcare provider.

Using Essential Oils Aromatically

Let’s start with the hallmark way to use essential oils: aromatically.  All essential oils feature a signature aroma you can smell and inhale for various effects.  One oil’s crisp scent can invigorate you when you need a midday pick-me-up. Another’s soothing aroma can help you unwind after a tough day.  You can use essential oils aromatically by simply opening the bottle and inhaling its aroma.  They can also be applied topically as a personal fragrance, but always dilute them with a carrier oil, which is a plant-derived oil like coconut or almond oil.  Dilute a few drops of essential oil with your carrier oil and then rub it into your palms and inhale or dab some behind your ear or on your neck. You can also use a diffuser to disperse the essential oil into the air.

Using Essential Oils Topically

Another favourite way to apply essential oils is topically, where you allow the oil to absorb into your skin.  As mentioned before, always dilute oils with a carrier oil before you apply them topically.  Topical oils can become part of a massage or added to your preferred lotion, moisturizer or other personal care product. Some oils, particularly those from the citrus family, can cause photosensitivity.  A carrier oil is a plant-derived oil like coconut and almond oil that can be used to dilute an essential oil’s concentration.

Using Essential Oils Internally

If you think an oil smells terrific, wait until you taste it!  You can season your favourite dish or flavor a drink with certain grades of essential oils.  Ingesting oils lets you savor all their savory, herbaceous, spicy, fruity potential.  The simplest ways to take essential oils internally is to add them to a glass of water, take them in a capsule or use them as seasoning.  Start off with a small amount.  A little goes a long way, and even a single drop might overpower your recipe.  One recommendation is to dip a toothpick in the oil and stir that little bit in as a starting point.  Of course, before you use any oils internally, make sure the oil is safe to ingest.  Unless it specifically says on the label that it’s safe for ingestion, assume it’s safe for external use only.

 

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DIY Grapefruit Salt Scrub

This DIY salt scrub is the pampering your winter skin needs. Use this homemade salt scrub recipe, with a carrier oil of mango kernel oil and infused with grapefruit essential oil, to gently exfoliate while enjoying the benefits of Himalayan salt and dead sea salt. DIY skincare has never been so easy or so luxurious!

Ingredients:
• ½ Cup Himalayan Rock Salt
• ½ Cup Dead Sea Salt
• ⅓ Cup Mango Kernel Oil
• Juice of 1 fresh lemon
• 10-15 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Instructions:
1. Measure out salt into a bowl
2. Add Lemon Juice
3. Emulsify Grapefruit Essential Oil into mango oil
4. Add oils to the salt mixture
5. Store in an airtight container

You’ll love the silky feel of your skin after a relaxing evening bath! Just make sure to check out http://www.youngliving.com/grapefruit for information on photosensitivity recommendations that apply when using citrus essential oils.

 

DIY Bath Jellies with Essential Oils

Bounce into the bath or shower with these fanciful, fragrant, essential oil-infused DIY YL bath jellies! Our simple recipe and customized fragrance blends will add some jiggly joy to your shower, bath, or hand-washing routine. Your kids’ bath has never been more fun.

Made with essential oils and your favorite basic soap (we loved using Young Living’s Bath and Shower Gel base, add some jiggly fun to your washing experience.

Ingredients:
• Natural coloring
• An essential oil blend from our 5 splashy summer ideas found on the blog!
• Silicone molds
• 1 teaspoon unsweetened, unflavored gelatin
• ¾ cup distilled water
• ½ cup unscented liquid soap
• Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle

Directions:
1. Mix the water and gelatin in a heat-safe bowl or pot and bring to a boil.
2. Add the liquid soap and stir until incorporated.
3. Add 1-2 drops of natural coloring.
4. Add 10-12 drops of essential oil. Try one of our cheerful blend ideas below!
5. Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
6. If bubbles form on the top of the liquid, spray with isopropyl alcohol to smooth the surface.
7. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
8. Add water and lather up!
9. Store jellies in the refrigerator when not in use to prevent them from melting and losing their shape.

 

DIY Garbage Disposal Fresheners

Ever wonder what that funky smell is coming from your kitchen sink? We’re not exactly sure what it is either, but we do have a solution: DIY garbage disposal fresheners!

This easy DIY takes less than an hour, including cleaning up after! It’s natural and the fresheners will make your garbage disposal smell as fresh and clean as the day you bought it.

Ingredients:
• 1 cup baking soda
• ½ cup salt
• ¾ cup liquid Castile soap
• 30 drops essential oil
• Measuring spoon (we used a tablespoon)

Directions:
1. Combine baking soda and salt in a bowl.
2. Add Castile soap and essential oils. (See our scent ideas below!)
3. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches the texture of wet sand. (YL tip: If you add too much water, the mixture won’t pack together or dry properly. Add more baking soda and salt to get the texture of wet sand.)
4. Pack the mixture into the measuring spoon. (YL tip: To get your freshener out of the measuring spoon, tap the spoon lightly on the counter until the contents slide out. Be careful! The mixture hasn’t dried yet, so it might be fragile.)
5. Let the fresheners dry for about 24 hours.
6. Store in a sealed glass jar and keep dry.

To use:
Put 1-3 fresheners in your garbage disposal. Turn the faucet on a steady cold stream and run the disposal for up to 1 minute.

Scent combinations:
• Classic Clean: 20 drops Thieves® and 10 drops Lemon
• Citrus Herb: 10 drops Rosemary, 10 drops Grapefruit, 5 drops Lemon, and 5 drops Peppermint
• Freshen Up: 10 drops Purification®, 10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata, and 10 drops Spearmint

 

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