How to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil

Physical benefits of grapefruit essential oil

The versatility of grapefruit essential oil makes this oil a first choice for supporting healthy metabolism, digestion of fats, detoxifying the liver, and promoting healthy blood flow, and the gallbladder meridians. Many topical blends include grapefruit oil to reduce cellulite, lose weight 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 wanting to lose weight will test well for grapefruit oil; but if you do, it will be a great addition to the lifestyle changes necessary for weight loss.*

In Chinese medicine all herbs and essential oils are classified with a direction in the body. Grapefruit essential oil is down-bearing and moving and therefore benefits slow digestion and indigestion. Because this oil works better internally than on the skin, make sure to work with a manufacturer that approves 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.*

Emotional benefits of grapefruit essential oil

Because of grapefruit essential oil’s downward motion, this citrus oil calms while centering and grounding emotions to support today’s busy lifestyles. Grapefruit oil is the strongest blood-moving citrus oil thereby promoting getting moving and taking action to achieve goals.*

Test grapefruit essential oil to any of the following Body-Feedback areas:

  • Large intestine meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Stomach meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Spleen meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Heart meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Kidney meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Pericardium meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Triple burner meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Gallbladder meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Liver meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Master Body-Feedback areas


*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:

Limonene was the primary ingredient of grapefruit essential oil

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.


Olfactory stimulation with grapefruit and lavender oils change autonomic nerve activity and physiological function

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.


Grapefruit essential oil and inhibition of triglycerides

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.


Grapefruit essential oil and effect of aromatherapy massage on 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.


Grapefruit essential oil and apoptosis of human leukemic 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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