Grapefruit Essential Oil

CAD $11.50CAD $19.50

How to use 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.

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%)

Components can change from batch to batch. Ask if you need current GC/MS analysis

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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