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Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)


Citrus x paradisi

Grapefruit ( Citrus x paradisi ) mainly grown in America, South Africa and Israel, belongs to the Rutaceae family.

  • Bath Bath
  • Skin application Skin application
  • Oral route Oral route
  • Respiratory route Respiratory route


Phototoxic, the essence must not be used before exposure to the sun.

Do not use :
in pregnant or breastfeeding women
in children under 7 years
in the person allergic to any of the components (limonene, neral, geranial, linalool)
in asthmatics without the advice of an allergist
over a long period of time in a person with functional renal failure
in the epileptic people or people having a history of convulsive disorders.


Blend 45 drops of grapefruit essence in 1 tablespoon of plant oil and 1 tablespoon of macadamia oil. Apply this blend to the affected areas by massaging in a circular and clockwise direction, and always up and down, morning and evening, during 3 weeks. Stop for a week and start again 3 weeks later

Air purification (during an epidemic, for instance)
Diffuse 10 to 20 drops of grapefruit essence 3 times a day for one hour.

Water retention
Take 2 drops of grapefruit essence on a neutral tablet, in the morning and at the end of the afternoon (around 5 pm), 5 days out of 7, for 3 weeks. Always seek advise from your pharmacist or GP.


Monoterpenes (limonene)






2.5 kg of essence for 100kg of zest


1 ml -> 28 drops
(Dosage for a dropper calibrated to European phamacopoeia standards)


It is the ultimate slimming essence as well as draining, diuretic and detoxifying: it fights against weight gain, cellulite and water retention. Its antiseptic and antiviral properties eliminate odors and effectively sanitize the air.

Beautiful tree with dense foliage, grapefruit gives fruits in a cluster, hence the origin of its English name "grapefruit".


Extracts from the book 'Aromatherapia - All about essential oils', by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book '41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently' and '48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy' by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.

The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.
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