Grapefruit Essential Oil

CAD $11.50CAD $19.50

How to use our pure grapefruit essential oil:

  • Massage oil: 2.5-5% dilution 15-20 drops per 30mL of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, sunflower, etc.
  • Diffuser: 5-6 drops in water.
  • Bath: add 2-7 drops into tsp of a carrier oil. Optionally mix with epsom or Dead Sea salt and add to bath water.
  • Lotion or shampoo: add 5-6 drops per 30mL of unscented base/lotion.
  • TIP: To extend the shelf life of citrus essential oils, keep refrigerated.

Patch test first as grapefruit oil is phototoxic. Best blended with other essential oils.

Essential oils that blend well with grapefruit:

  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Palmerosa
  • Other citrus oils

Safety Information - please read before using (Click to expand)

Cautions: Keep out of children’s reach. Phototoxic. Can interact with certain medications

Drug Interactions:

  • Statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs): lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin)
  • Antihistamines: ebastine
  • Calcium channel blockers (blood pressure drugs): nitrendipine, felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
  • Psychiatric drugs: buspirone (BuSpar), triazolam (Halcion), carbamazepine (Tegretol), diazepam (Valium), midazolam (Versed), sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Immunosuppressants: cyclosporine (Neoral), tacrolimus (Prograf)
  • Pain medications: methadone
  • Impotence drug (erectile dysfunction): sildenafil (Viagra)
  • HIV medication: saquinavir (Invirase)
  • Antiarrhythmics: amiodarone (Cordarone

View Essential Oil FAQ, Contraindications, and other information HERE.


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Red Grapefruit essential oil has a beautiful red-orange color with a great fruity smell that is cheery and uplifting. This essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel and has a shelf-life of only 6 months. Refrigerating can extend the shelf life. When it becomes pine-like in its smell, do not apply it to the skin. It can however, still be used in homemade cleaners, as grapefruit oil is a wonderful degreaser.

Species: Citrus paradisi Macfayden, fam. Rutaceae
Country of origin: USA

Additional information

Weight 55 g
Dimensions 2.8 × 2.8 × 6.7 cm

Chemical Components

  • Limonene (94.00%)
  • Myrcene (2.50%)
  • Sabinene (0.80%)
  • alpha-Pinene (0.80%)
  • Decanal (0.35%)
  • beta-Caryophyllene (0.30%)
  • para-Cymene (0.28%)
  • beta-Bisabolene (0.25%)
  • 1-Nonanol (0.19%)
  • 1-Octanol (0.08%)
  • Linalyl acetate (0.07%)
  • Geranial (0.07%)
  • Geranyl acetate (0.07%)
  • Neral (0.06%)
  • Linalool (0.05%)

Please note: nature varies, and so will the chemical components in each batch. Please feel free to request a current GC-MS report for this oil.

Scientific Studies

  •  Tanida M., Niijima A., Shen J., Nakamura T., & Nagai K. (2005). Olfactory stimulation with scent of essential oil of grapefruit affects autonomic neurotransmission and blood pressure. Brain Research, 1058(1-2): 44-55. Retrieved 24 May 2013
  • Adukwu E. C., Allen S. C., & Phillips C. A. (2012). The anti-biofilm activity of lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) and grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oils against five strains of Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 113(5): 1217- 1227. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2012.05418.x.
  • Heggers J. P. et al. (2002). The effectiveness of processed grapefruit-seed extract as an antibacterial agent: II. Mechanism of action and in vitro toxicity. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 8(3): 333-340.
  • Uysal B., Sozmen F., Aktas O., Oksal B., & Odabas Kose E. (2011). 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, 46(7): 1455-1461. Retrieved 24 May 2013
    Viuda-Martos M., Ruiz-Navajas Y., Fern”ndez-L”pez J., & P”rez-“lvarez J. (2008). Antifungal activity of lemon (Citrus lemon L.), mandarin (Citrus reticulate L.), grapefruit (Citrus paradisi L.) and orange (Citrus sinensis L.) essential oils. Food Control, 19(12): 1130-1138.
  • Misharina T. A. & Samusenko A. L. (2008). Antioxidant properties of essential oils from lemon, grapefruit, coriander, clove, and their mixtures. Prikladnaia Biokhimiia i Mikrobiologiia, 44(4): 482-486.
  • Flavanones protect from arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women consuming grapefruit juice for 6 mo: a randomized, controlled, crossover trial. Habauzit V1, Verny MA2, Milenkovic D2, Barber-Chamoux N3, Mazur A2, Dubray C4, Morand
  • Behavioral effects of citrus paradisi in rats. Mallick N1, Khan Ra2
  • Olfactory stimulatory with grapefruit and lavender oils change autonomic nerve activity and physiological function. Nagai K1, Niijima A2, Horii Y3, Shen J4, Tanida M5
  • Edwards-Jones V, Buck R, Shawcross SG, Dawson MM, Dunn K. “The effect of essential oils on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using a dressing model.” Burns. 2004 Dec;30(8):772-7.
  • Tanida M, Niijima A, Shen J, Nakamura T, Nagai K. “Olfactory stimulation with scent of essential oil of grapefruit affects autonomic neurotransmission and blood pressure.” Brain Res. 2005 Oct 5;1058(1-2):44-55.
  • Warnke PH, Becker ST, Podschun R, Sivananthan S, Springer IN, Russo PA, Wiltfang J, Fickenscher H, Sherry E. “The battle against multi-resistant strains: Renaissance of antimicrobial essential oils as a promising force to fight hospital-acquired infections.” J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2009 Oct;37(7):392-7


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