How to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil

Physical benefits of grapefruit essential oil

The versatility of grapefruit essential oil makes this oil the first choice for supporting healthy metabolism, digesting fats, detoxifying the liver, and promoting healthy blood flow. Many topical blends include grapefruit oil to reduce cellulite and reduce fat everywhere in the body (including triglycerides). In the recent past, fad diets focused on grapefruit due to its weight loss properties, but it needs to be used in the right way. Not everyone who wants to lose weight will test beneficial for grapefruit oil; but if you do, it will be a great addition to the lifestyle changes necessary for weight loss.*

All of the citrus essential oils are high in D-limonene, which has been studied for its anti-tumor activity. These studies show D-limonene initiates apoptosis (cellular death) of tumor cells, signals the reduction of abnormal cancer gene activity, reduces inflammation, and promotes DNA damage repair.*

In Chinese medicine, herbs and essential oils are classified by the direction they move energy in the body. Grapefruit essential oil keeps energy and fluids moving downward. Therefore, it benefits slow digestion and indigestion by encouraging food and beverages to process efficiently through the digestive system. Because this oil works better internally than on the skin, make sure to work with a manufacturer that approves their grapefruit essential oil for internal use. Many of the citrus oils, including grapefruit, have a stimulating effect on the body, so they increase alertness during the day. Always remember, applying grapefruit essential oil to the skin will increase sensitivity to the sun where applied.*

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Emotional benefits of grapefruit essential oil

As part of the citrus family, grapefruit essential oil encourages a sunny outlook on life as the other citrus oils do. Because of grapefruit essential oil’s downward motion, this citrus oil helps you to center and ground your emotions and is especially helpful with today’s busy lifestyles.

Grapefruit oil is the most robust blood and fluid moving of the citrus oil. This promotes turning ideas into action and taking the next steps toward achieving your goals.

Grapefruit oil encourages the release of stored emotional baggage, evident by it physical ability to release stored fat. People with weight issues are often holding on old emotional wounds or feeling the need to protect themselves emotionally. Grapefruit essential oil can be used to help release harmful habits formed early in childhood or those passed down from either parent.*


*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.

Grapefruit essential oil research articles:

A research study of Grapefruit oil identified D-limonene as the primary ingredient responsible for the antioxidant and antibacterial activities 

Ou MC, Liu YH, Sun YW, Chan CF. The Composition, Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activities of Cold-Pressed and Distilled Essential Oils of Citrus paradisi and Citrus grandis (L.) Osbeck. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:804091. doi: 10.1155/2015/804091. Epub 2015 Nov 22. PubMed PMID: 26681970; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4670656.


A research study shows limonene found in citrus plants could be a promising, cheap, and effective anticancer compound

Rand R. Hafidh*, Saba Z. Hussein, Mohammed Q. MalAllah, Ahmed S. Abdulamir and Fatimah Abu Bakar. Current Cancer Drug Targets (2017) 17: 1.


A study of olfactory stimulation with the scent of grapefruit oil (GFO) increases the activity of sympathetic nerves that innervate adipose tissues, the adrenal glands, the kidneys, and decreases the activity of the gastric vagal nerve in rats and mice. This results in an increase in lipolysis, thermogenesis, and blood pressure, and a decrease in food intake.

Nagai K, Niijima A, Horii Y, Shen J, Tanida M. Olfactory stimulatory with grapefruit and lavender oils change autonomic nerve activity and physiological function. Auton Neurosci. 2014 Oct;185:29-35. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2014.06.005. Epub 2014 Jun 25. Review. PubMed PMID: 25002406.


A study demonstrates grapefruit essential oil inhibits triglycerides and adipogenesis (increase in fat cells).

Haze S, Sakai K, Gozu Y, Moriyama M. Grapefruit oil attenuates adipogenesis in cultured subcutaneous adipocytes. Planta Med. 2010 Jul;76(10):950-5. doi: 10.1055/s-0029-1240870. Epub 2010 Feb 8. PubMed PMID: 20143292.


Research shows the effects of aromatherapy massage using grapefruit essential oils significantly reduces abdominal fat in post-menopausal women

Kim HJ. [Effect of aromatherapy massage on abdominal fat and body image in post-menopausal women]. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2007 Jun;37(4):603-12. Korean. PubMed PMID: 17615482.


A study demonstrates the strong effect of grapefruit essential oil to induce apoptosis of human leukemic tumor cells

Hata T, Sakaguchi I, Mori M, Ikeda N, Kato Y, Minamino M, Watabe K. Induction of apoptosis by Citrus paradisi essential oil in human leukemic (HL-60) cells. In Vivo. 2003 Nov-Dec;17(6):553-9. PubMed PMID: 14758720.


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