Essential Oils – Grapefruit

Grapefruit itself is an acquired taste and the smell, though delicious, makes the mouth water in anticipation of the tartness to come. Considering the taste, it makes you wonder how it got the name ‘Forbidden Fruit from Barbados’. Usually such a connotation marks something of high value and only for the use of someone of importance. It was later classified as One of the Seven Wonders of Barbados; the other six being: Harrison’s Cave, the Baobab tree, the Historic Jacobean Mansions, Morgan Lewis Mill, Bridgetown Jewish Synagogue and Cannon Galore.

Name of Oil: Grapefruit
Latin Name: Citrus paradisi
Areas of Origin: Asia, USA, Brazil, Israel
Historical Use: Grapefruit was incorrectly identified as shaddock fruit by botanist James Mcfayden. He had confused the two fruits and ended up identifying the wrong one.
General Growth, Habitat: The tree grows to approximately 30’ and has white flowers and the grapefruit, which is pale yellow in color. The leaves are glossy and the twigs bear short thorns.
Parts Used in Distillation: Rinds
Scent: Sharp, citrus, refreshing
Uses: Colds, flu, stress relief, anti-depressant, acne, headaches
Emotional Use: Uplifting, stimulating, energizing
Safety: Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritating, may cause photo toxicity if exposed to sunlight after use

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add a few drops of the essential oil to a diffuser to stimulate the mind or energize the body
  • To lessen sugar cravings, inhale a few times directly from the bottle
  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply to the lower abdomen to relieve PMS cramps

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

Seven Wonders. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Kumamoto, J., Scora, R., Lawton, H., & W. A. Clerx. (1987). Mystery of the Forbidden Fruit: Historical Epilogue on the Origin of the Grapefruit, Citrus paradisi (Rutaceae). Economic Botany, 41(1), 97-107. Retrieved from

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