Citrus paradisi

The grapefruit has a unique method of extraction of its essential oil. The oil glands are deeply embedded in the outer peel of the fruit. The thick, spongy white layer of the peel is known as the albedo, which will absorb and decrease the yield of essential oil if the two layers aren't carefully separated before extraction. Machines roll and scrape the outer peel away from the fruit before it goes on to be juiced. The peel forms a wet, pulpy mass and then the oil is separated from the solids. The solids can then be pressed for additional oil. Oil can be taken from the peel itself but the oils extracted in the above method from the albedo are of better quality. The oils from just the outer peel are not suitable in themselves for aromatherapy.

Aroma: sweet, citrusy

Blends with: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender

Properties: antidepressant, antiseptic, diuretic, disinfectant, anti-infectious

Uses: evokes warm emotions, skin nourishment, weight management, flavor enhancement

Methods of Use: diffuser, skin lotion or spritz (carrier oil), inhalation, apply to temples (diluted), add to food/drink

Cautions: photosensitivity