Botanical Name: Citrus racemosa
Plant Part: Peel
Description: The Grapefruit tree was originally from Asia but it is now grown and harvested in the United States, France, Brazil and Israel. The Grapefruit tree itself is a large, shiny gloss-leaved tree, about 10 meters (30 feet) high, with white flowers and large, pale yellow fruit with white flesh. Grapefruit is believed to be a cross between pomelo and sweet orange plants.
Colour: Pale yellow to greenish yellow liquid.
Common Uses: Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil is believed by aromatherapists to be a spiritual up-lifter, and to ease muscle fatigue and stiffness. It is also a purifier of congested, oily and acne prone skin and is sometimes added to creams and lotions as a natural toner and cellulite treatment. Grapefruit Essential Oil is reputed to ease nervous exhaustion and relieve depression.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends Well With: Grapefruit Pink blends well with other members of the citrus family, Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, Cardamom and generally most spice oils.
Aromatic Scent: Grapefruit White Essential Oil has a fresh, light, slightly bitter citrus scent that is very characteristic of the fruit.
History: The differences between the White and Pink Grapefruits are minor. The difference in cost is simply an example of supply and demand; there is more Pink Grapefruit produced because it is sweeter than the white variety.
Caution: Grapefruit Essential Oil can cause photosensitivity. Avoid use during pregnancy.