10 Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil

by Melissa Chichester

It’s time to lift your spirits with the tangy, revitalizing oil of Citrus paradisi, which translates to “fruit of paradise,” or as we know it, grapefruit!

An accidental hybrid between pomelos and sweet oranges, grapefruit was coined the “forbidden fruit of Barbados” by Reverend Griffith Hughes in 1750. The crop spread throughout Jamaica, but grapefruit is still relatively young to the United States. It wasn’t until 1823 that the fruit was brought to Florida by Odet Philippe, who was born in France but became the first European settler in Pinellas County. Throughout the next 100 years, cultivation grew to include states like Arizona, California, and especially Texas, where the Ruby Red grapefruit gained commercial success in 1929.

Traditionally, grapefruit oil is known as an uplifting and stimulating scent in aromatherapy, and commonly used for rejuvenation. Here are 10 ways to incorporate grapefruit essential oil into your aromatherapy routine.

Sweaty Betty Gym Bag Refresher Spray

In a dark glass spray bottle, add oils and witch hazel. Slowly pour water into the bottle, and swirl gently to mix. Keep in your gym bag and spritz lightly as needed to refresh clothes, towels, and the bag.

Hand-Holding Honey Hand Scrub

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients. Massage over hands gently, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Morning Joe Rejuvenating Body Scrub

In a large bowl, mix coffee grounds and jojoba oil until blended. Add essential oils and mix again. To use, scoop out about two tablespoons and massage over arms and legs, and rinse with warm water. Store in an airtight glass container.

Lumberjack John’s Cologne Oil

Mix all ingredients and pour into a dark glass roll on bottle, or a small, dark glass jar. Apply to pulse points as needed.

Jumping for Joy Diffuser Blend

Add oils to your favorite diffuser any time you need a pick-me-up.

Frenchie’s Friday Night Face Mask

Mix bentonite clay, witch hazel, and honey until it forms a thick paste. Add essential oils and mix again. Spread over face in a circular motion, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Leave on for 15-20 minutes or until the mask has hardened. Rinse with warm water.

Citrus Bloom All-Purpose Cleaner

Add all ingredients to a large spray bottle and shake until mixed. Spray onto a cloth or surface and wipe down to clean.

“Feeling Groovy” Grapefruit Oil Diffuser Blend

Add ingredients to your favorite diffuser and get ready to groove!

Hannah’s Soft and Soothing Hand Wash

Add all ingredients to a large bottle with a pump. Shake to mix well, and use as needed to wash hands.

Kissing Booth Grapefruit Oil Lip Scrub

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Massage over lips to exfoliate, and gently wipe away the sugar granules when finished.