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Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

What is Grapefruit?

The grapefruit was first described in 1750 by Griffith Hughes who called it the “forbidden fruit” of Barbados and that it grew in most parts of Jamaica. At first, the tree was grown only as a novelty in Florida and the fruit was little utilized. During the latter half of the 19th century commercial grapefruit production started in Florida, which has to this day remained the grapefruit centre of the world.

Grapefruit essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit. Nootkatone is mainly responsible for the odor of the grapefruit and contributes to the bitter flavor of the juice. It is greatly valued for aromatherapy because of its refreshing and energizing effects. The oil can also encourage warm feelings to help release resentments and bottled-up emotions.

It is a good source for vitamin C (protects the body from oxidative stress and stimulates the immune system) and contains pectin fiber (lowers cholesterol, regulates blood glucose levels, and removes toxins from the body).

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Aroma

Fresh, crisp and citrusy

Plant Properties

Anti-tumor, antiseptic, antidepressant, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic.

Benefits

Protects against Alzheimer’s Disease, lowers anxiety, relieves depression, boosts the immune system, helps reduce cellulite and water retention, decreases muscle aches, fatigue, aids digestion, dyspepsia, stimulate hair growth, liver disorders, lymphatic decongestant, eliminates obesity.

Blends with:

Other citrus oils, black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and ylang ylang oils

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