22 Oct 2007

Grapefruit Oil

The best quality Grapefruit pure essential oil is obtained by cold expression of the oil from the fresh peels. Another method is obtaining the oil from the peel and fruit pulp by steam distillation. It's properties are as a diuretic, disinfectant, antiseptic and a stimulant.

Grapefruit oil has a sharp, refreshing, citrusy perfume and is excellent for lifting the spirits. Try adding to your burner when feeling depressed and down in the dumps.

Popular for massage as the oil stimulates the lymphatic system and removes excess water from the system. This also helps in the removal of cellulite.

Grapefruit oil has been found to relieve migraines and PMS. It also beneficial for oily skin and hair.

Warnings: The expressed oil is phototoxic so do not apply when intending to sit or lie in direct sunlight. Also, some skins are sensitve to grapefruit oil so do a patch test first and always dilute
with carrier oil for massage.

For info on fresh grapefruit and recipes see my other blog The Vegan Diet.

Grapefruit and Parsley Face Pack
From Spaindex

3 tbsps very fine oatmeal (whirl oatmeal in a food processor,if necessary)
2 tbsps chopped parsley
1/2 large grapefruit
olive or sunflower oil

Mix 3 tablespoons of very fine oatmeal with two tablespoons of chopped parsley in a bowl. Add juice from half of a large grapefruit until you have a soft paste. Let the mixture rest 5 minutes. Spread soft mixture over your face and let dry for approximately 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

A De-Stressing Bath
From Birchhill Happenings

3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops ylang ylang essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
3 drops grapefruit essential oil

Fill Tub with warm water, add the essential oils. Close the bathroom door and enjoy and relax. Light a few candles, play your favorite relaxing music and unwind!

Rosemary Deodorizer & Disinfectant
From the Herbs Place

6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops grapefruit essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
2 ozs/50 mls purified water

Combine oils and water in a 2-ounce glass spritzer bottle. Shake well before each use and spray liberally into the air. This spray will combat odors and kill infectious organisms. During cold and flu season, add 2 drops of Eucalyptus. The blend works well in a diffuser also without the water.

Grapefruit and Sea Salt Scrub
From the Soap Kitchen
Sea salt scrubs are exfoliating scrubs that moisurise and enrich the skin. Designed for use in the shower, they combine the exfoliating effect of coarse sea salt with the moisturising effect of sweet almond oil and in this case have the enrichment of white Grapefruit essential oil, which can help with reducing the effects of cellulite.

250ml/9 fluid ozs screw-top ointment jar.
coarse Sea Salt
sweet almond oil
5ml (1tsp) white grapefruit oil

Take your open ointment jar and fill almost to the top with coarse sea salt. Add 5ml of grapefruit essential oil. Top up with sweet almond oil, making sure you re-fill until the level of the oil is maintained just above that of the oil. Now all you have to do is have the pleasure of using it. Sea salt scrubs are best used in the shower, as the oiliness can make a bath slippery, which can be dangerous. Simply scoop a palm-full of the mixture into your hand and gently scrub over the skin. The salt will exfoliate whilst the oil/s will moisturise and soften the skin. Rinse off the excess and shower as usual.

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Dave said...

I can always count on you for terrific information. You are a walking, talking wealth of comen scents.

Princess Haiku said...

This is a very informative post and I have always loved grapefruits, scent, oil and taste. Thanks.

Marion said...

As usual, Jackie, you add more and more important info on your site, making it a wonderful resource for me! Thank you!

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Princess Haiku said...

What a wonderful assortment of wintry recipes. I remember the joy of making clove oranges during the holidays.
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