10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Grapefruit Oil

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You are probably familiar with several different types of essential oils but grapefruit may be one that is not as commonplace. This citrus fruit requires a certain type of palate because unlike many fruits it is not overly sweet. Some varieties, such as red or pink grapefruits may be a little sweeter than the plain variety. Some people like to sprinkle their grapefruit with a little brown sugar and broil it to get their citrus serving in at breakfast time.

As with most essential oils, grapefruit oil is accumulated from the peel of the fruit. It has a host of uses and many of them are health related. One of the main proponents of grapefruit oil is limonene which can also be found in the peels of lemons and oranges. Grapefruits contain up to 95 percent limonene which has been proven to help fight off different types of cancer. Grapefruit oil is recognized for being a vital part in detoxifying the body. It helps to eliminate extra fluids, burns fat, and removes toxins.

Grapefruit oil is safe to use but should be diluted before you put it to work. You can use olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil, or even water to dilute it. You should not take grapefruit oil internally without diluting it and be careful when you use it topically. Try it on a small area of your skin to make sure you are not allergic to the oil or that you don’t break out in a rash. Grapefruit oil should not be used by women who are pregnant or are nursing, by children, or cats.

 

1. Weight loss

There are many ways that grapefruit oil can be used to lose weight. This essential oil can help  jump start your metabolism to help you burn off fat. It is also an effective appetite suppressant. If you are trying to reduce your cravings you can mix it with a little patchouli oil. You can either add a few drops of this mixture to a glass of water or rub some of it onto your wrists as soon as you are faced with a temptation. Used topically you will find that this oil acts to stimulate your lymphatic system as well as serve as a diuretic releasing excess fluids.

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2. Acts as an antidepressant

The best way to use grapefruit oil to treat depression is through aromatherapy. The grapefruit oil has a clean and refreshing aroma that naturally lifts your mood when you breathe in this citrus oil. Some people use it when they travel to keep from getting jet lag. You can either dilute it and dab a little on your wrists or put it into a spray bottle and refresh the room you are sitting in.

 

3. Diuretic

It is important to make sure that you are able to urinate on a regular basis. If you find that you are taking in more liquids than you are eliminating, you should consider using grapefruit oil as a diuretic to relieve the retention of fluids and excess bloating. Talk with a naturopath to find out how much you should use and the length of time needed to get your kidney functioning again.

 

4. Relieves a hangover

The scent of grapefruit oil helps to stimulate both the liver and gallbladder. It is also able to get rid of headaches that are the result of a drinking binge. Dabbing a few drops onto your skin or adding some essential oil to a glass of water will help begin the detoxification that is needed to relieve the effects of a hangover.

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5. Kills candida

Candida is a type of fungus that resides in the intestines and mouth. It is a kind of yeast and when it gets out of control it can get into the bloodstream after wearing away the intestine wall. When it gets into the bloodstream it causes leaky gut which is the expansion of by-products that are toxic to your system. The good news is that grapefruit oil has been found to be effective in tackling the bacteria that causes the candida virus. It is also proven to treat urinary tract infections or UTIs.

 

6. Helps with digestion

If you want to help increase the blood flow to your kidneys, liver, stomach, and bladder you might want to create a gentle lotion out of your grapefruit oil and massage it into your stomach area. Mix the essential oil with some jojoba or coconut oil to create the lotion.

 

7. Provides an energy boost

If you feel as if you are in a fog for no good reason, take a minute to inhale the refreshing aroma of pure grapefruit oil. It will stimulate your brain and energize you within minutes. You will find your bad mood dissipating and a new outlook replacing it.

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8. Alleviates stress

In order to get rid of the stress in your life, it is best to use grapefruit oil in its role as an aromatherapy agent. You can dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to your wrists or put a few drops into your bath water. You will be surprised at how quickly your stress levels will drop as your attention is refocused on the refreshingly clean scent of the grapefruit oil.

 

9. Increases circulation

Most good quality citrus essential oils work effectively to raise blood flow to increase circulation and cut down on inflammation. Grapefruit oil is able to have a dilating effect on the blood vessels. You can add several drops to your bath tub or dab some on your wrists.

 

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10. Effective in treating cellulite

Even though cellulite is not a serious health issue, it is an annoying problem that seems to be resistant to most methods that have been promised to work. Cellulite occurs when fluids are retained and toxins build up in the cells. If you mix a couple of drops of grapefruit oil with coconut oil and knead it into the affected area each night you will soon see results.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.articles.mercola.com