In some parts of the world, grapefruit is known as Shaddock and its scientific name is Citrus Paradisi. Like all other citrus fruits, its essential oil is extracted from its peel through cold compression. Grapefruit essential oil is composed of Terpinenol, Neryl Acetate, Decyl Acetate, Citronellal, Linalool, Myrcene Geraniol, Sabinene, Alpha Pinene and Limonene. The oil offers a variety of advantages, some of them are listed below.
Antioxidant: Grapefruit oil is an excellent antioxidant, as the fruit is rich with vitamin C. When vitamin C is combined with different antioxidants that are present in grapefruit, it helps in boosting the immune system. It is also effective for fighting against the free radicals and prevents the body from getting damaged by any sort of toxins and oxidants that lead to different problems such as nervous disorders, physical sluggishness, loss of hearing or vision, tissue degeneration and premature aging.
Disinfectant: Grapefruit essential oil is considered to be among the best disinfectant due to its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It not only helps in preventing new infections but it also helps in eradicating those that are already present in the body. Grapefruit oil is really effective for treating infections in kidneys, excretory system, urinary system, intestines, stomach and colon. Essential oil also helps in disinfecting the skin and it is beneficial for ocular and oral infections.
Antiseptic: Like most of citric oils, grapefruit essential oil is also an excellent antiseptic. The oil works wonders if it is applied on cuts, wounds or bruises as it prevent them becoming septic and developing tetanus. Due to its microbial properties, the oil is very beneficial for treating acne.
Stimulant: This perhaps is the most important quality of grapefruit essential oil. It is a stimulant of not only the brain but also the body. The essential oil has the ability to stimulate the brain, helps it in relaxing and thinking. It also stimulates the nervous system, thus making you more active and alert. It improves the secretion of hormones that are present in the body by stimulating the endocrinol glands and this keeps the entire metabolism system of the body in order. Another advantage of grapefruit essential oil is that it stimulates the movement of food through the intestines and it is good for digestive system as it produces bile and gastric juices in the stomach.
Antidepressant: Grapefruit is a very good antidepressant because of two reasons; first it has a stimulating effect on hormones that have the ability to make the brain relaxed and second, it has aroma present in it. The oil is really good antidepressant as it induces positive feelings such as hope, love and happiness. For people who are looking for an antidepressant that does not have negative effect, they should opt for grapefruit essential oil in order to support relief from depression, stress and anxiety.
Appetite Loss: If you are among those who are searching for a way to cut down your diet, then you are in for a treat. Grapefruit essential oil is an excellent remedy for cutting down your appetite. Unlike, most of appetite controllers that you have to take before every meal, you can have this essential oil any time of the day. A regular dose of it can aid in weight management and decrease your appetite gradually.