Grapefruit Essential Oil

Distillation Method:
Cold Pressed
Country of Origin:
Plant Part:
Latin Name:
Citrus paradisi
Naturally Grown

About the Oil: Cold pressed from the peels of ripe grapefruit grown in the United States, this is some of the most wonderful grapefruit oil we've ever tried. The local climate is ideal for growing of citrus fruit, and we think you'll agree when you sample this!

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Chemical Families


Primary Constituents

beta myrcene
alpha pinene


Thought to be a hybridization of sweet orange and pomelo, the Grapefruit tree stands at a maximum height of 10 meters or 32 feet tall. The Pomelo, along with the orange, was brought to Spain from Asia by Arabian traders in the 12th century. It was then packed into the West Indies by Captain Shaddock in the 18th century and from there, made its way to the Americas and was hybridized into the Grapefruit soon thereafter.


Our Pink Grapefruit is from naturally grown grapefruit, and has a deep reddish-orange color.

Pink Grapefruit essential oil is obtained by cold-pressing the rinds of grapefruit grown in the United States. The cold-press extraction method gently extracts the sweet oil without changing the molecular composition. To retain optimal freshness, Grapefruit essential oil should always be kept cold.

The quality of the fruit and the care taken in harvesting and pressing of the oil seems to play a much more significant role in the final essential oil than the cultivar of Grapefruit. All grapefruits will a have a great, sweet-tart aroma, and the best, as these are, will smell rich and complex.


The essential oil of grapefruit has been used for its nutritional (vitamin C) and anti-infectious properties for centuries. It is also used extensively to flavor soft drinks and is a popular component of soaps and personal care products.

Therapeutic Properties


From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Depurative
  • Diuretic
  • Stimulant
  • Cooling
  • Cleansing
  • Decongesting
  • Beneficial for oily skin & acne
  • Uplifting & reviving

From Peter & Kate Damian’s Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche 2:

  • Breaks down fatty tissue
  • Reduces water retention
  • “a pleasant diffusor oil, having delightfully cool, refreshing, and uplifting antidepressant effects”


  • Antifungal3
  • Antibacterial4
  • Analgesic5
  • Antidepressant5
  • Anti-anxiety6
  • Anti-cancer7


  • Citrus essential oils, including grapefruit were tested against various fungal species and all were found to have antifungal activity. Grapefruit was more effective than the other oils against the molds P. chrysogenum and P. verrucosum.3
  • Grapefruit essential oil was tested in vitro against numerous bacterial strains and was found to have strong, broad-spectrum antibacterial activity.4
  • Limonene, which makes up about 98% of the chemical composition of grapefruit essential oil, was shown to exhibit significant antidepressant-like effects in rats and also had a significant pain-blocking effect.5
  • Limonene was found to have a significant anti-anxiety effect in an experimental model in mice. It was also shown to have practically no toxicity effects at even high doses.6
  • Limonene, in combination with linalyl acetate (found in other citrus oils), been shown to induce cancer cell death in vitro.7


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Damian, Peter, and Kate Damian. Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co, 1995.

3 Viuda-Martos, M., et al. “Antifungal Activity of Lemon (Citrus Lemon L.), Mandarin (Citrus Reticulata L.), Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi L.) and Orange (Citrus Sinensis L.) Essential Oils.” Food Control, vol. 19, no. 12, 2008, pp. 1130–1138., doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2007.12.003.

4 Uysal, Burcu, et al. “Essential Oil Composition and Antibacterial Activity of the Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi. L) Peel Essential Oils Obtained by Solvent-Free Microwave Extraction: Comparison with Hydrodistillation.” International Journal of Food Science & Technology, vol. 46, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 1455–1461., doi:10.1111/j.1365-2621.2011.02640.x.

5 Piccinelli, Ana Claudia, et al. “Antihyperalgesic and Antidepressive Actions of (R)-( )-Limonene, α-Phellandrene, and Essential Oil from Schinus Terebinthifoliusfruits in a Neuropathic Pain Model.” Nutritional Neuroscience, vol. 18, no. 5, 2015, pp. 217–224., doi:10.1179/1476830514y.0000000119.

6 de Almeida, Antonia Amanda C., et al. “Evaluation of Acute Toxicity of a Natural Compound ( )-Limonene Epoxide and Its Anxiolytic-like Action.” Brain Research, vol. 1448, 2012, pp. 56–62., doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2012.01.070.

7 Russo, Rossella, et al. “Implication of Limonene and Linalyl Acetate in Cytotoxicity Induced by Bergamot Essential Oil in Human Neuroblastoma Cells.” Fitoterapia, vol. 89, 2013, pp. 48–57., doi:10.1016/j.fitote.2013.05.014.


Like many of the citrus oils, Grapefruit has a unique 'fat dissolving' characteristic. This is the essential oil most noted for use in reducing cellulite, (it can be used by itself, or in a carrier and massaged into affected areas) and can be included in massage blends for this application.


  • direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
  • To assist in weight loss, try this blend: Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Lemon. The oils in this recipe are formulated in a 1:1:1 ratio. Mix and inhale deeply whenever you desire. The uplifting, releasing effect can help bring a positive emotional and mental state, helping you curb the craving to eat when things get hectic!


  • massage, compress, bath, skincare
  • Grapefruit essential oil is a "releasing" oil, so personalities that tend to harbor resentment or keep emotions bottled up can benefit from inhaling it. For a emotional 'release' blend, try this in a diffuser or diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically: 18 drops Grapefruit, 1 drop Bergamot oil, 1 drop Rose Otto.
  • It is also very useful for cleansing oily skin and helping with acne due to its astringent nature. Dilute in a carrier oil before using on the face.
  • For cellulite reduction it can be massaged into targeted areas neat or in a carrier oil.


  • Grapefruit essential oil can be taken internally. Dilute in water.
Aromatherapy Details

This Pink Grapefruit essential oil has a, sweet citrus top note followed by a floral, musty middle note and green, herbaceous undertones.

The Pink Grapefruit essential oil has a fresh, sweet citrus top note followed by a floral, musty middle note and green, herbaceous undertones.

Blends well with Basil, Palmarosa and Rosewood; florals such as Geranium, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender and Ylang Ylang; citrus oils including Lime, Mandarin, Bergamot, Neroli, Petitgrain, and Lemon.


Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Note that like other citrus oils, grapefruit is photosensitizing – this will make the skin more sensitive to UV light. If applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within the following 48 hours, keep the dilution to 1% or less. Exposure to sunlight should be limited for 24 hours where it has been applied to the skin.

If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.