Ways To Use Grapefruit Essential Oil

Commonly known for its sour and tangy taste, grapefruit is the round, yellow-orange fruit of an evergreen citrus tree.

Grapefruit essential oil is derived from the rind of this fruit and is popular for its many uses and benefits.

The main chemical constituent of grapefruit essential oil is d-limonene. The uplifting benefits found in limonene are what make grapefruit oil a great oil for aromatic use. Limonene also has the ability to dissolve oils, which makes it a common ingredient in hand and body cleansers. 

Here are my favorite ways to use grapefruit essential oil:

1. To Stay Focused

Grapefruit oil is known to increase your mental focus, as well as give you a bit of a pick-me-up. And when inhaled, it can be effective in reducing headaches, sleepiness, and brain fog. Grapefruit essential oil will also help promote feelings of vitality and can uplift your mood. 

To use: in moments of distraction, diffuse grapefruit oil to bring a sense of focus to the task at hand.

2. To Support Metabolism 

Have you ever wondered why people recommend eating grapefruit to lose weight and burn fat? It’s because the active ingredients in a grapefruit work to support metabolism, as well as curb sugar cravings. This makes grapefruit and its oil a great tool for losing weight in a natural way.

To use: diffuse while trying to lose weight for motivation. Also, add one to two drops to your water to support your metabolism.

3. To Relax

If you are in need of some pampering, grapefruit is the essential oil for you. It will leave behind a light uplifting fragrance and is the perfect pick-me-up at the end of the week.

To use: enjoy a soothing foot massage with few drops grapefruit oil and 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil.

4. For Skin Care

Many store-bought skin care products contain citrus oils, this is because they are high in antioxidants. Grapefruit is no exception and can help keep your skin free of blemishes. 

To use: add grapefruit essential oil to your body scrubs and body wash for smooth and radiant skin. You can also add some to your nightly facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes. Children can also enjoy the aromatic benefits of grapefruit with this DIY alphabet grapefruit soap recipe.

5. In Cooking

Grapefruit oil can enhance the flavor of your favorite dish. You can even add a drop or two to a glass of water for a fruity and spry flavor. This will help curb any cravings for sweets you may have, as well as help support digestion.

To use: add a few drops to an Acai bowl for breakfast. 

Not sure which oils go well with grapefruit? The oils that blend well with grapefruit essential oil are: frankincense, ylang ylang, geranium, peppermint, rosemary, and bergamot.

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In my Essential Oils 101 video, you will learn about how the history and health benefits of essential oils. You will also discover how to use the Top 10 oils for health and healing.


Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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