Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, & Recipes

Grapefruit Essential Oil is a sweet, tangy citrus oil that has been stealing the show lately!

Grapefruit Essential Oil‘s benefits and uses make it a popular choice in aromatherapy. This oil smells like a citrusy dream and has numerous benefits for our bodies. One of the most compelling benefits is its ability to balance cravings and promote healthy eating habits. Along with its diet-friendly benefits, Grapefruit Essential Oil can also be used for skin care and cleaning recipes. Luckily, making your own Grapefruit Essential Oil recipes is a breeze. So, whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or just want to take advantage of its many uses, Grapefruit Essential Oil is a must-try for any essential oil lover.

Harvesting & Extracting Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil can be harvested and extracted from the peels of grapefruit. The process used to extract it is called cold pressing, which involves using pressure to squeeze the oil out of the grapefruit peels. This method is great for producing a pure, high-quality oil ideal for aromatherapy and other health and wellness applications.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits

Supports Respiration

Grapefruit Essential Oil has an amazing potential impact on respiratory support. Research1 has revealed that grapefruit seed extract, used as a nasal spray, has demonstrated promising efficacy against viral pathogens, including coronavirus. Furthermore, it shows potential in regulating pathways crucial to the initial entry of infection, replication, and systemic response to SARS-CoV-2.

Balances Cravings 

If you’re looking for a natural way to curb those pesky cravings, Grapefruit Essential Oil might be your new best friend. Research2 has shown that the scent of grapefruit oil, specifically the compound limonene, can help suppress your appetite and promote weight loss


This powerful oil also has some serious detoxifying benefits. A recent study3 found that Grapefruit Essential Oil has impressive antioxidant activity and anticancer properties. That’s some seriously amazing power packed into one little oil!

Cleanses Skin

Grapefruit Essential Oil has impressive antibacterial properties that can help cleanse your skin. In fact, research4 has shown that this oil can fight Staphylococcus aureus, a pesky bacterium that can cause all sorts of skin issues, such as infections and irritations.


One of the biggest perks of this citrus oil is its ability to deodorize. Say goodbye to those unpleasant odors lingering in your house or on your clothes. A study5 has shown that Grapefruit Essential Oil has a wide spectrum of antimicrobial activities. This means it can help kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, making it a great option for cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing.

Promotes Youthful Skin

Grapefruit is a rich vitamin C source known to promote youthful skin. In fact, a study6 has shown that applying topical vitamin C daily can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines after just 12 weeks. So if you’re looking for a natural way to help maintain your skin’s youthful glow, consider incorporating Grapefruit Essential Oil into your skincare routine today!

Grapefruit Oil Uses & Recipes

All-Natural Skincare Recipes

With its many benefits, Grapefruit Essential Oil has been making a name for itself in the all-natural skincare world. It cleans and purifies the skin and helps maintain a youthful appearance. It can be used in DIY face mists and lip care recipes.

All-Natural Personal Care Recipes

Here’s an all-natural way to elevate your personal care routine! Grapefruit Essential Oil can be easily incorporated into homemade soap, lotions, and more to add a refreshing and invigorating scent. Go ahead and give it a try – your skin and senses will thank you!

All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

Did you know that grapefruit oil is not just for aromatherapy and skincare? This versatile oil can also be used for all-natural cleaning! Its antibacterial properties make it a great alternative to chemical-based cleaners for dirty surfaces.

All-Natural Candle Recipes

One of my favorite ways to incorporate Grapefruit Essential Oil into my daily routine is with all-natural candle recipes. Not only does the oil create a great aroma, but it also supports healthy habits and balances cravings while you’re relaxing.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

In addition to the many benefits you learned above, you’ll love Grapefruit Essential Oil in a diffuser. It has a wonderfully fruity and citrusy aroma. Diffuse it in a blend with other oils or just by itself!

Roll-On & Inhaler Recipes

Grapefruit Essential Oil in a roll-on recipe provides amazing on-the-go support! Whether you’re looking for an appetite suppressant or just love the refreshing scent of grapefruit, keeping a grapefruit roll-on in the car, your purse, or your office is a great idea.

What Grapefruit Essential Oil Blends Well With

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The fresh, sweet, citrus smell of Grapefruit Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot, Citronella, Coriander, Fir Needle, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Rosemary, and Ylang-Ylang Essential Oils.

Simply Earth Blends That Use This Oil

clean & fresh essential oil blend

Citrus Burst Blend

Aroma: Citrusy & Fresh

If you’re looking for a natural way to clean your living space while simultaneously lifting your mood, check out Simply Earth’s Citrus Burst Essential Oil Blend!

Clean & Fresh Blend

Aroma: Fresh

Looking for a blend that will leave your space smelling clean and fresh? Simply Earth’s Clean & Fresh Blend features Grapefruit Essential Oil, known for its refreshing, deodorizing, and cleansing properties. 

Fit Blend

Aroma: Citrus & Minty

Whether you’re hitting the gym, taking an early morning jog, or just need an extra push to avoid habitual snacking, Fit Essential Oil Blend helps you stay energized and on track with your fitness goals. 

Also Available: Fit Essential Oil Roll-On

Happy Joy Blend

Aroma: Fruity & Floral

Happy Joy Essential Oil Blend has a fresh, sunny scent that provides a refreshing aroma. It can give you a boost of energy and a breath of fresh air, bringing you happy and joyful feelings.

Also Available: Happy Joy Essential Oil Roll-On

Lava Blend

Aroma: Fruity

Simply Earth’s fan-favorite Lava Essential Oil Blend has an uplifting and energizing aroma that promotes a positive attitude.

Sleepy Blend

Aroma: Fruity & Sweet

Using the powerful properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil, this Sleepy Essential Oil Blend is designed to calm your senses and ground your mind, helping you ease up and unwind before bed.

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil History

Griffith Hughes named grapefruit (pink) the forbidden fruit of Barbados. It was discovered to be growing in Jamaica in 1789. Since then, it has been found to have many benefits, from clearing skin to rejuvenating dull hair. Grapefruit (Pink) is also known for its ability to uplift, energize, and support mental focus.

Chemical Constituents


Limonene is a colorless liquid and is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. It occurs more commonly in nature as the fragrance of oranges. It is a flavoring agent in food manufacturing, a renewables-based solvent in cleaning products, a fragrance ingredient for cosmetics products, and a fragrance in perfumery and personal care products. It is also used as a botanical insecticide and organic herbicide.


Myrcene, or β-myrcene, is a colorless oil that occurs widely in essential oils. It has a pleasant odor but is rarely used directly. Thus, it is more highly valued as an intermediate for preparing flavor and fragrance chemicals, such as menthol, citral, citronellol, citronellal, geraniol, nerol, and linalool.


α-Pinene is an organic compound found in the oils of many species of coniferous trees, notably the pine. It is an anti-inflammatory and is likely antimicrobial. It is also known to aid memory and increase alertness.

Simply Earth & Citrusmade Farm

Citrusmade Farm in Sicily, Italy, is the source of Simply Earth’s Grapefruit Essential Oil. The farm has been owned and operated by the same family for generations, and their passion for farming citrus fruits shows in the high quality of their products. The farm constantly studies new techniques and approaches to cultivating and diversifying crops, resulting in a consistently exceptional harvest. The farm’s location in Sicily provides an optimal climate for growing citrus, with warm temperatures and rich, flat soil. Being close to the sea also provides ideal growing conditions. Simply Earth’s partnership with Citrusmade Farm ensures that their customers receive a top-quality grapefruit Essential Oil that is sustainably and ethically sourced.

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Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA


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