Comes from Tropical Asia, the West Indies, USA, Israel & Cuba among others.
The Grapefruit tree is a large tree with shiny, glossy leaves. It grows up to around 30 feet high. The harvesting season differs depending on the region of the world but generally lasts between 8 & 9 months. The fruits are ready to harvest once half the skin has turned from green to yellow.
The essential oil is obtained via expression of the peel of the fruit.
Astringent, depurative, diuretic, stimulant, tonic & uplifiting.
Primarily known for its wonderful uplifting properties, Grapefruit is a great oil to turn to in times of stress or depression. It's also used to alleviate fatigue and can stimulate immunity and so can be useful in warding off colds and flu.
Grapefruit is an astringent oil so is used to treat dull and oily skin as well as acne. It is often found in blends aimed at reducing cellulite and is a diuretic which can help to reduce water retention and oedema (dropsy).
Grapefruit is a beautiful oil to burn or vaporise. It can help to defend against airborne bugs and viruses and at the same time will infuse the air with its wonderfully uplifting aroma.
For use in massage or when blended in creams or lotions it should be diluted to 5% maximum. It's not a sensitising oil but care should still be taken. Unlike most citrus oils it's not a photosensitiser and can be used as a substitute for other citrus oils when photosensitivity is a problem.
Organic version also available.
You may find that Grapefruit blends particularly well with bergamot, lavender, geranium, palmarosa and frankincense.