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I have quite a collection of essential oils around the house, all of which have a variety of uses and can be used in different forms. There are some oils which I prefer to others and one of my favourites is Health Aid Aromatherapy Grapefruit Essential Oil, this oil is know as the happy oil as it has an uplifting fragrance to it. The oil itself originates from Asia but is now produced in the USA, Brazil and Israel. The essential oil comes from glands deep within the grapefruits peel. This is the sort of fragrance I like to have around the house on a nice warm sunny day.
The Oil comes in a small dark green box, it has the words health Aid Aromatherapy written across the middle of the box in gold lettering and the words Grapefruit Essential Oil written in white letters, the writing stands out clearly against the dark green box making it very easy to read. On the back of the box is various information and warnings about the oil and how it should and should not be used, again all of this information is very easy to read. The box has what I would describe as a water liked pattern to it along with a small leaf in a creamy colour at the bottom of the box, below this is the volume of the bottle inside. The bottle itself is made from a dark coloured glass with a label wrapped around the middle of it, again bearing the name and make of the oil. The lid of the bottle unscrews very easily to reveal a small dropper, this makes pouring the oil simple as you only need a few drops at a time, the dropper will slowly release one drop at the time allowing you to control the amount you use without wasting any.
The Grapefruit Oil itself is a light yellow in colour and it really does smell of grapefruit, there is not what I would call an artificial smell as you get with some oils the fragrance is a fresh and clean smell. It is not over powering and is quite a delicate fragrance but if you use it as a room freshener in an oil burner the fragrance is strong enough to waft around the whole house and lasts for several hours, some oils I have used in the past have been very noticeable within the first hour but after that the fragrance starts to fade, with the grapefruit oil the fragrance is very long lasting which ever form you chose to use it in.
Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil
As I have previously mentioned I often use my grapefruit oil to freshen my home but it does have other uses as well. Grapefruit Essential oil has been said to help reduce cellulite, boost the lymphatic system, effect your general mood (uplifting it) revives the mind as well as stimulating the digestive system and clearing congested oily skin and acne. Grapefruit Essential Oil is very high in vitamin C which means it is excellent for the immune system, it helps to fight and protect against colds and flu, and I have also read that it has a positive effect on obesity although I am not sure myself how this would work. Another benefit of Grapefruit Oil is that it will help to remove excess water from the body and in turn reduce cellulite. The effect that Grapefruit Essential Oil has on you depends on the form in which you use it, I have described some of the ways it can be used and the ways in which I use it below.
BURNERS - Adding a few drops of Grapefruit essential oil to your oil burner will allow the vapours to be released all around the house, I think this has to be my favourite way of using the oil due to the clean and fresh fragrance the vapours leave behind leaving your home smelling clean. By using the oil in this way you will benefit from the vapours helping with headaches, hangovers, over indulgence, mental exhaustion and depression. By using the oil in a burner you are allowing the vapours to circulate around the whole house, thus meaning you are continuously breathing them in in small amounts. As I have said this is described as the happy oil so breathing in the Grapefruits vapours will generally help to lift your mood allowing you to relax more and in turn reducing tension and headaches.
BLENDED MASSAGE OILS & BATHS - Grapefruit Essential Oil can be used in either a blended massage oil to rub direct into the skin or diluted in a bath, again only a few drops are needed. By using the oil in this form it will help to reduce cellulite, prevent colds and flues, help with loss of energy and jet lag, muscle aches and pains, obesity, headaches, lift your mood and physical and mental exhaustion. I have not actually tried Grapefruit Oil in a massage oil but I have given it a go in the bath. I have to agree it is very relaxing the fragrance is really bought out by the hot bath water, I tried this after a working all day when I was quite tired and it really did help me to relax and reduce tension. I cannot comment on the weight cellulite or weight reduction which is supposed to occur from using the oil in this way, I do not use it in the bath regularly enough, but I do struggle to see how a few drops of oil in the bath and help with weight loss and cellulite. As for helping with colds or preventing colds I cannot see that it would prevent a cold as I have recently just had one but I can see how it would help you to feel much better but purely because laying in a hot bath with a few drops of the oil in the water helps you to relax and reduce aching muscles as a result of a cold, the same goes for the reduction of headaches.
CREAMS & WASHES - Grapefruit Essential Oil can be used as a base lotion or wash, it is supposed to help unclog greasy skin and help with acne in turn toning and tightening the skin, I have read this on a couple of occasions and have been told that it works by a colleague however I do not suffer with greasy skin or acne so have not actually tried it in this way. I'm not too sure I would fancy putting the oil on my face as I would be worried it would make my skin too greasy, but everyone's skin is different so it may suit some people.
For me the best ways for using Grapefruit Essential Oil is within a nice hot bath as a way to relax and unwind or in an oil burner to help freshen the house giving it a relaxed atmosphere as well as smelling clean and fresh.
Avoid contact with eyes
Do not swallow
If either of these incidents should occur seek medical advise straight away.
Also Grapefruit Oil can irritate the skin if the skin is exposed to strong sun light after use, so this should be avoided
Use within 6 months of opening
Main Chemical components
I bought my Health Aid Aromatherapy Grapefruit Essential Oil from www.discount-supplements.co.uk and it cost me £5.50 for a 10ml bottle. Now at first I thought this was quite expensive for such a small bottle of oil but essential oils are not the cheapest things to buy especially if you buy a reputable brand, however the 10ml bottle is very long lasting, you only need a few drops of the oil at a time which ever form you choose to use it in meaning that hardly any of the oil is used in one go. I have had my bottle for a few months now, although I need to use it with 6 months I have been using it for 2 or 3 months and still have a lot of the oil left, there for it is very economical. If I had a larger bottle of it I would struggle to use it up before it went out of date so a 10ml bottle I have found from experience is the perfect size.
Overall I would definitely recommend Health Aid Aromatherapy Grapefruit Essential Oil, it has a lovely fragrance to it, delicate and not overpowering, but at the same time just the right strength to be long lasting and spread throughout the house. After using this oil in a burner, your house will smell fresh and clean, it is described as the happy oil and really does lift your mood and help you to relax. It also has many uses and many benefits, for me it is one of my must have oils around the house and I would recommend it to anyone.
grapefruit is grown on citrus trees very similarly to oranges and lemons so there is no surprise that this is a very bitter tasting fruit, it is available in 3 colours white, pink and red, only the inside is a different colour as the outer remains the same, the colours also vary in acidity too so some taste sweeter than others and pink is my favorite as it is not too bitter but just nice enough to be enjoyed, i do cheat a little though and put sugar inside so defeating the object of it being very healthy.
Grapefruit although you would think it was good for you being a healthy fruit is not suitable for all people as it has been found to increase the effects of some drugs on the body and to even couse overdoses, the main ones it effects are chemotherapy drugs for the treatment of cancer, beta blocker drugs used to treat people with high blood pressure and anti rejection drugs taken by transplant patients.
On the other hand though for a healthy human being in recieit of no drugs it has lots of health benefits, it is a high source of vitamin c as are most acidic fruits, it can help to lower your colesteral if eatin as part of a healthy diet,
I think for me the most alarming facts i have seen about grape fruit and the most confusing have to be on its relation to breast cancer it has been found that eating a quarter of a greap fruit a day increases the risk of breast cancer by 30% which is quite a scary fact but on the other hand they have also produced data from studies showing that it can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who have never taken the contraceptive pill or hrt.
One of the most popular uses for greapfruits though is in aromatherapy oils, it has been proven to reduce celulite so is a very popular product on the beauty market and found in lots of anti-celulite products.
For me i think i will stick to eating it occasionally as i always have done.
There are very few fruits I hate the taste of, but grapefruit is one of them. It's just so sour! I feel like I may as well just eat a whole lemon and be done with it - at least the skin isn't as tough to get through!
However, I wish I did like grapefruit because its fresh juice is matched only by cranberry in terms of the good it can do your body, and when I got nuritional advice a couple of summers ago, the woman recommended it as a regular part of a good diet. Unfortunately buying it is just a waste of money for me as I'd make as many excuses as possible to avoid it! Another reason why I don't really buy fresh grapefruit is because it's so heavy - it sounds silly but it's true.
Grapefruits come in large sizes, so half is considered a good size portion. Most people scoop out the flesh and eat it with a spoon rather than peeling it. I personally find it more manageable in tins, especially mixed with other fruit so it's not as noticeable. Del Monte do what they call a 'Breakfast Mix' of fruit which also contains oranges I think. Obviously this isn't as good for you but better than nothing!
There are two common varieties of grapefruit - pink and yellow. Yellow is by far the most common and pink is considered more of a luxury. The pink is slightly better in my opinion because it's not quite as sour - however it still shares the same bitter aftertaste as the yellow.
Years ago a half a grapefruit with a cherry stuck in the middle used to be a very popular `starter` for a meal, much like Black Forest Gateau used to be the pudding of the moment too!
I still buy fresh grapefruit, OK they are fussy to prepare and take time to eat but they are packed with Vitamin C and if you eat a half a grapefruit for breakfast it`s a good start to the day.
I have got a grapefruit knife, so when I cut my fruit in half the special knife helps me to loosen the segments so that it is much easier to eat, I have to have a sprinkling of sugar on them, much too sharp for me otherwise. But the Ruby grapefruit...that is the one with the very `pinky` skin is much sweeter to start off with.
So why eat Grapefruit?
As I have said they are packed with Vitamin C and this vitamin supports the immune system. Foods that are enriched with Vit C help ward off colds, help prevent Free Radical damage and promote cardiovascular health.
The pink grapefruit colour is down to Lycopene being contained within them and Lycopene seems to have an Anti-tumour activity.
A grapefruit is a good source of calcium, minerals, folate and iron and they are high in fibre yet low in calories.
If you are using prescribed medication you must check out with your GP if it is OK for you to eat grapefruit, some forms of medication can cause an interaction.
The USA accounts for nearly a half of Global production, around 60% of fresh grapefruit is used for canning and juicing while the remainder is sold fresh.
Holistic healing has many uses for the humble grapefruit, Grapefruit Oil can help the nervous system, Pink Grapefruit oil can be rubbed onto the palms of your hands and then inhaled, this apparently acts as an appetite suppressant.
Diluted grapefruit seed oil is used as a throat gargle or for gum infections, it can also be applied to warts, acne or skin irritations.
The oil can be bought at Holland and Barrett stores.
Grapefruit wine is made by many and if you take a look on the Internet there are plenty of recipes that use the tangy fruit.
You can buy a `Tala` cookware grapefruit knife for as little as £4 from the Amazon website.
Where I buy my grapefruit depends on which supermarket I visit on the day, if im looking for the ideal fruit then I would at first feel the weight of the grapefruit, this indicates how juicy it will be inside, the heavier the juicier. I also take note of the skin, I prefer the skins to be thinner, some fruits have really thick skins and very little grapefruit, so watch out.
A fresh grapefruit will cost you around 49p, so not bad value at all. A small tin of Grapefruit segments costs around 38p, cheaper but for me not so desirable.
Sainsbury`s Grapefruit juice is 86p a litre and don't forget you can also get Grapefruit squash and Lemon and Grapefruit teabags.
My Granny used to eat Grapefruit every day but she peeled them like an orange and ate the segments, it made me cringe!
I think money on a Grapefruit is money well spent.
The grapefruits (citrus paradisi) has often been associated with a healthy diet and now that they are coming into season I decided to buy some last week. Although they can be purchased throughout the year, the high season ranges from winter through early spring. A ripe grapefruit should be firm and slightly springy when squeezed. A subtle sweet aroma is also present. This large citrus fruit ranges in diameter from four to six inches and is related to the orange and lemon. A grapefruit might be too tangy for some people. If this is the case you can sprinkle sugar on the segments or on a sliced open fruit.
There are generally three types of grapefruit: white (blonde), pink and ruby. This colour categorization relates to the colour of the flesh rather than the skin which is usually yellow or pinkish-yellow. When purchasing don't worry so much about the outward appearance of the fruit, a good grapefruit doesn't have to be perfect in colour. If you do find some discolouration or scuff marks, these will not affect the taste or quality of the texture. Although avoid those with rough or wrinkled skin as these are usually thickly skinned and less juicy.
Some say that grapefruits were discovered in Barbados in the 18th century but others believe that the fruit originates from a natural cross breeding which occurred between the orange and the pomelo - a citrus fruit that was brought from Indonesia to Barbados in the 17th century. The name 'grapefruit' dates back to 1814 in Jamaica and refers to the manner in which the fruits hang in clusters like grapes.
There are many health benefits from grapefruit consumption. Research has shown that they reduce the chances of acquiring kidney stones and certain types of cancer. One study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry has suggested that Naringenin, a flavonoid concentrated in grapefruit, helps repair damaged DNA in human prostate cancer cells. Other studies suggest that drinking grapefruit juice every day can help prevent colon cancer and thwarts the harmful effects of cigarette smoke. It is thought to help the liver flush out toxins from the body. The fruit is also a rich source of vitamin C along with substantial amounts of vitamin A and potassium.
Buy one tomorrow!
Gao K, Henning SM, Niu Y, Youssefian AA, Seeram NP, Xu A, Heber D. The citrus flavonoid naringenin stimulates DNA repair in prostate cancer cells. J Nutr Biochem. 2006 Feb;17(2):89-95. Epub 2005 Jun 20. PMID:16111881.
Hahn-Obercyger M, Stark AH, Madar Z. Grapefruit and Oroblanco Enhance Hepatic Detoxification Enzymes in Rats: Possible Role in Protection against Chemical Carcinogenesis. J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Mar 9;53(5):1828-32. PMID:15740081.
This wonderful uplifting aroma is a must for everyone who enjoys essential oils. The top note fragrance is sharp and invigourating. Grapefruit essential oil is extracted by expression (pressing) from the fruit of the Citrus paradisi (family: Rutaceae). The main commercial producer is USA. USES: ++++ Energising, Uplifting, Can help nervous exhaution, Helps congested and oily skin, leaving it fresh and bright looking, Tones skin and tissues, Treats cellulitis, General skin conditioner, astringent. How to Use: +++++++++++ For treating dry and blemished skin dilute the grapefruit oils. Use 10mils peach kernel or other vegetable based oil as a carrier for three (or four) drops of grapefruit oil. Mix four drops of oil to a couple of teaspoons of milk and add to a warm bath. This is refreshing and uplifting. Use on a compress on any area that is oily or needs refreshing (avoid eyes). Use in a diffuser to scent air and act as an anti septic. Lifts mood and energizes. Blend with lavender, bergamot, or orange, or try your own blend. Remember that if you are adding different oils you should exceed the total amount of essential oil recommended in total, For example: If you are blending lavender, grapefruit and bergamot (for example) and using them in a bath you would need 4 or 5 drops of oil in total, not 4 or 5 of each. So you would use (for example) 2 drops grapefruit, 2 drops bergamot and 1 drop of lavender. You can of course make your blends to suit yourself. Warning: +++++++ Not recommended during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Do not use on skin before going into direct sunlight as you may get a serious skin reaction. Keep out of eyes and do not take internally. Store securely as it may smell like fruit juice to a child. Do not use after use by date
(usually 6 months after opening) as the chemistry of the oil changes. You can use it as room scenter though to use it up. Verdict: +++++++ Wakes you up and makes your body tingle. I like this oil used in diffuser too as it makes the house smell fresh and clean. Blend with lavender to lift depression and give a feeling of well being. Grapefruit oil certainly has that special feel good factor.
Ironically, I really, really hate grapefruit. The taste of it, the smell of it, everything. It's weird, then, that the essential oil has becomes one of my favourites, one that I use most of all, not least because I love the smell! It doesn't really smell like the fruit. The oil is extracted from the skin and smells very sweet, yet very fresh. It mixes with a huge variety of other oils and is one of the least expensive - so it's a great one for the beginner to experiment with too. Also, unlike many other citrus oils, it's not phototoxic, and is generally a very safe oil to use. Grapefruit brings a lovely light and sweet 'top note' to any perfume blends you make with oils, whether they're blends to scent the home or yourself. My favourite use is in a variety of 'anti-depressant/cheer-you up' recipes that I've concocted, where I mix it with either vetiver and lavednder (relaxing) or rosemary and ginger (energising). I also use it a lot in my anti-cellulite lotions and potions, where it helps to tone down the smell of things like juniper and cypress - which can both be a bit 'much' otherwise. One of my big gripes with commercial bath foams etc is that they say 'grapefruit' or whatever on the label when their smell is straight out of a laboratory and has been no nearer to a real grapefruit than I have to Kathmandu! It's very easy to make your own by getting a plain bath/shower gel or body lotion (the Body Shop do fairly good unscented ones) and adding a few drops of this to create something that's actually beneficial as well as smelling nice - fantastic to use first thing in the morning The only downside to grapefruit is that it does, like a lot of the 'lighter' oils, go off relatively quickly - in about six months. That's not too bad because it's so cheap, but don't use old grapefruit oil, the chemical compunds change and it can bec
ome irritating to the skin (you can always use old oil up by using as a room fragrance though)