Are you wanting to learn more about grapefruit essential oil? Are you looking for some great grapefruit essential oil uses and benefits? Grapefruit is definitely an essential oil to keep on hand!

Grapefruit Essential Oil

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Why You Should Use Grapefruit Essential Oil!

Grapefruit is something that we are all familiar with. But did you know that grapefruit is more than just a fruit? Did you know that an essential oil comes from grapefruit? It does! And it’s very helpful for many things!

Scientific Name

First let’s look at the scientific name of the grapefruit that I use.

It is: Citrus paradisi.

This might not seem important, but trust me, it is! Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

For example, eucalyptus essential oil is an oil that I use on my kids for respiratory concerns and immune support. But, some varieties of eucalyptus essential oil can actually stop a small child’s breathing! We’ll discuss this more in a future post.

What is grapefruit and where does it come from?

Grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for it’s sweet, sour, and slightly bitter fruit. The fruit itself varies inside and can come in differing shades of either white, yellow, red, or pink. The fruit grows in grapelike clusters, hence the name grapefruit.

The oil is cold pressed from the peel of the fruit.

The fruit can be found growing in many locations including China, the United States, Africa, and the Middle East.

What does grapefruit oil smell like?

The aroma of grapefruit has a sweet citrus like scent.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Uses

So now that we’ve discussed name, origin, and scent let’s delve right into what grapefruit is used for and how it will benefit you!

Let me first say that I am not a doctor! All of the information that I provide on this site is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please read my disclaimer page and/or the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for a full disclaimer statement.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits

There are many listed benefits of grapefruit!

According to Be Young Total Health’s Total Health Desk Reference, grapefruit’s traditional and alternative uses include: muscle fatigue, hair growth, headaches, stress, water retention, and so much more!

Diffusing Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a wonderful choice for diffusing. When inhaled grapefruit essential oil is said to be very mood elevating.

100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends!

I include grapefruit in some of my diffuser recipes that can be found in the 100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends eBook such as Summer Fun and Pink Lemonade. The eBook also includes many recipes for cleaning, children, pets, home, etc. that contain grapefruit and many other oils as well. Recipes such as No More Cravings and Workout Blend. Adding a few drops of grapefruit to your diffuser blend can be so beneficial!

According to JennScents Institute’s Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy, grapefruit is also good for jet lag, lymphatic drainage, diuretic, irritability, and cellulite, just to name a few.

I also love to use grapefruit in the bath to encourage happy thoughts and to ease water retention! You can learn more about using essential oils such as grapefruit in the bath in my post How to Use Essential Oils in Bath Water. And 20 of the Best Essential Oils to Use in the Bath.

I personally use grapefruit in my Exotic Salt Scrub. It is excellant for the skin and the fragrance of this salt scrub is excellent to help calm, relax, and promote happy thoughts!

I also use grapefruit in my Skin Toner Essential Oil Blend and Exotic Paradise Perfume.

If you would like to make these recipes for yourself then be sure to check out the Essential Oil Recipes for Beauty & Body Care Binder! It contains these recipes plus so many more that, as an Aromatherapist, I have been asked to create for clients over and over again. Trust me, they will change your life!

Grapefruit is also an excellent oil to incorporate into your exercise routine. You can learn more about using grapefruit for fitness in 11 Essential Oils to Help You Stay Fit and Healthy.


A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use grapefruit.

Grapefruit oil is considered photosensitive. Which means that you should avoid direct sunlight for nine to twelve hours after applying grapefruit to the skin. If applied to the skin before going out into the sun you could end up with third degree burns from the sun.

Not enough is known about the use of grapefruit during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so consult your doctor and use with caution.

It is not known if grapefruit essential oil interacts with any medications. Do not confuse grapefruit essential oil with grapefruit juice. Certain medications react badly with grapefruit juice.


You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality grapefruit.

As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil.

There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, or with a synthetic substance and still be called pure. How scary is that?! Definitely not something I want to use, especially for my family! You have to be so careful when choosing your brand.

Which Brand of Essentials Oils Should I Use?

So make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get grapefruit, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my business website Healing Blends For Life.

Where to Buy at discounted prices!

If you are interested in learning how you can buy my preferred brand of essential oils at a discounted price check out my Essential Oil page!

Also, if you are new to essential oils and would like to learn more about how to use them, be sure to take my FREE Essential Oils for Beginners Course!

I hope you enjoy grapefruit as much as I do!

Also please come back after using grapefruit and comment below with your opinion of the oil!

What do you like most about grapefruit essential oil? Do you enjoy the smell as much as I do? Did you experience any results after using grapefruit? If so what were they? Do you have any additional uses to add to the above list?

I can’t wait to read your comments!

If you are interested in reading more Essential Oil posts, here are the links to help you find them:

1.Why You Should Use Frankincense Essential Oil

2.Why You Should Use Dill Essential Oil

3.Why You Should Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

4.Why You Should Use Turmeric Essential Oil

5.Why You Should Use Geranium Essential Oil

6.Why You Should Use Myrrh Essential Oil

7.Why You Should Use Birch Essential Oil

8.Why You Should Use Cypress Essential Oil

9.Why You Should Use Helichrysum Essential Oil

10.Why You Should Use Clove Essential Oil

11.Why You Should Use Ginger Essential Oil

12. Why You Should Use Nutmeg Essential Oil

13. Why You Should Use Lavender Essential Oil

14. Why You Should Use Peppermint Essential Oil

15. Why You Should Use Lemon Essential Oil

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17. Why You Should Use Rosemary Essential Oil

18. Why You Should Use Rose Essential Oil

19. Why You Should Use Bergamot Essential Oil

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