Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is the fruit of a subtropical tree which is known for its thick yellow rind and somewhat acidic pulp. Its peel contains essential oils which can be extracted by means of compression. Many of the medicinal properties of the grapefruit essential oil are as beneficial as the essential oils of other citrus fruits.
The substances present in the grapefruit essential oil which includes Limonene and Myrcene can do lots of wonders to keep us healthy and protected from various diseases.
Here are some of the health benefits of grapefruit essential oil:
1. It helps to boost your immune system.
The grapefruit essential oil is rich is vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which plays a big role in fighting free radicals that can cause damage to your cells and boosting your resistance against organisms that can cause infections.
It also helps to protect you from the effects of aging, like degeneration of tissues, macular degeneration and vision loss.
2. It helps to promote urination.
Grapefruit essential oil has diuretic properties which play a role in promoting urination. It is the body’s way of freeing itself from excess water, sodium, uric acid and other toxins. This in turn helps to keep you healthy and protected from infections.
3. It has anti viral properties which help to make it a potent disinfectant.
Being a good disinfectant, grapefruit essential oil can protect your body from new infections and heal the ones that are already there. Some of the infections that this essential oil can heal include infections of the colon, stomach, intestines, urinary system, excretory system and kidneys.
4. It helps to stimulate the nervous system.
Grapefruit essential oil contains properties which stimulate the nervous system. It also helps to make your mind and body alert by stimulating proper secretion of hormones and enzymes.
5. It helps to fight stress and anxiety.
Grapefruit essential oil has a relaxing effect that uplifts the mind. Its aroma and stimulating effect also induce positive feelings that help to alleviate stress and anxiety.
6. It has antiseptic properties which help to heal wounds, cuts and acne.
7. A regular dose of grapefruit essential oil helps to improve appetite.
8. It helps to remove harmful toxins that can cause rheumatism, arthritis, gout and other ailments.
These are some of the health benefits of grapefruit essential oil. As a word of caution, you should avoid exposing yourself to sunlight after applying this essential oil, as it can cause skin irritations.
Pregnant women should also avoid using grapefruit essential oil without the approval and supervision of a medical professional.
Grapefruit essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, and Palma Rose oil.