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Essential Oil Profile: Grapefruit

Updated: Jun 3

Sharing one of my favorite fruits & essential oils, grapefruit! Grapefruit is a beautifully uplifting essential oil, featured in both my Boucin' Booty Scrub & Triple B Butter. This citrus is also great for cleansing the body, reducing inflammation, & clearing skin! Grapefruit's detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, & pain relieving properties make it a great essential oil for women's health as well. Learn more about "Essential Oils for Women" in my blog post titled as such: Part 1 + Part 2.


  • Extraction Method: The grapefruit peel is typically cold expeller pressed.

  • Aroma: Citrus & sweet

  • Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi

  • Plant Family: Rutaceae

Did you know that you can find grapefruit in white, pink, or red varieties?

grapefruit essential oils

Benefits & Uses

  • energizes

  • stimulates

  • uplifts

  • relieves stress

  • boosts circulation

  • helps with oily skin/hair

  • smooths cellulite

  • soothes migraines

  • improves focus

  • eases digestion

  • detoxes

  • relieves pain

  • immune-boosting

Containing antiseptic & anti-infectious properties, citrus has been known to be used as a cleanser. Did you know that you can even use a citrus rind to clean your hands when camping, hiking, exploring the wild? Below are some mystical properties that grapefruit beholds as well.

grapefruit essential oil

Magical Uses & Metaphysical Gifts

  • solar energy

  • joy

  • light

  • fire

  • purification

  • cleansing

  • detoxing

  • self-love


Grapefruit essential oil connects with your Solar Plexus (3rd) Chakra, or Manipura in Sanskrit. This chakra is located in the center of your belly, just below where your rib-cage meets. Your Solar Plexus is your center - who you are at your core. The 3rd chakra connects you to self-love, self-esteem, & self-discipline. Who do you desire to show up as in the world? We see grapefruit represent the Solar Plexus on the physical level as it eases anxiety & digestion, which we often feel in our gut, or Agni, "digestive fire" in Sanskrit. Grapefruit also uplifts & energizes, connecting us with our higher selves - our authentic, truthful selves that reside within the Solar Plexus.

Application Tip: Citruses are photo-sensitizing, so do not apply before going out in direct sunlight. Instead, use a personal inhaler - grapefruit & tangerine are the perfect combo to uplift & relieve stress!

Contraindications: Can be photo-sensitizing. Avoid if taking medicine, or check with your doctor first.

I leave you with this final blending tip! Grapefruit blends beautifully with rosemary, neroli, & basil.

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Bronwen, Certified Aromatherapist, New York Institute of Aromatherapy

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