Grapefruit essential oil usage?

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Grapefruit essential oil usage?

Postby naturamassage.com on Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:19 pm

Hi there, I was looking in my trusty essential oils book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, which is a fantastic book, and I have not found anything for the uses of grapefruit essential oil. Does anyone have any suggestions or tried and true mixtures?

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Postby Highlander on Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:31 am

I use Grapefruit essential oil for it's stimulative and energizing proprties. I have read that it is good for fatigue, hangovers :shock:, as a tonic, and anti deprresant.

All though each of the citrus family of oils has different specific porperties, I like them all for their energetic value. :) Since any of the citruses have very pleasant and familiar scent I find that clients often like a citrus oil mixed with other oils. I often mix them with lavender, clary sage, palmarosa, geranium, ylang ylang or patchouli. 8)
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Postby cicerone on Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:36 am

oooooo, one of my favorites!

With the botanical name Citrus paradisi, this EO has antidepressant, antiseptic, astrigent, depurative (detoxifies the blood), diuretic, and tonic qualities as well as being a lymphatic stimulant.

It is used for acne, colds/flu, depression, fluid retention, muscle stiffness, nervous exhaustion and slack skin.

Be careful especially when using it for acne as it is phototoxic - meaning, it increases the skin's sensitivity to UV light. Do not use it within 12 hours prior to sun/sunlamp/tanning bed exposure.

Hope this helps ;)
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Postby stasiag on Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:54 am

For any clients taking certain medications (Prozac, BuSpar, Tegretol, Lipitor, Verapamil, Prednisone, Viagra, Lithium, etc.) there is an interaction between grapefruit and these meds. Now, the only studies I know of are regarding grapefruit juice, though I wouldn't take any chances applying the oil to the skin. Some drops on a cotton ball for inhalation probably isn't harmful though. Here's a link to an article that describes the interaction really well:

I just discovered I can't post a link yet. Go to aboutdotcom and search for: Why Shouldn't I Drink Grapefruit Juice With My Meds?
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Postby stasiag on Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:59 am

For any clients taking certain medications (Prozac, BuSpar, Tegretol, Lipitor, Verapamil, Prednisone, Lithium, etc.) there is an interaction between grapefruit and these meds. Now, the only studies I know of are regarding grapefruit juice, though I wouldn't take any chances applying the oil to the skin. Some drops on a cotton ball for inhalation probably isn't harmful though. Search for: Why Shouldn't I Drink Grapefruit Juice With My Meds?

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