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 Grapefruit Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy

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Oil Name:Grapefruit
Note:Top
Parts of plant used:Peel of the fruit 
Botanical Name:Citrus Paradisi
Aroma:Refreshing, sharp, sweet

Grapefruit is a well known and popular fruit especially at breakfast when we have been eating this fruit for years due to its tonic and digestive properties. Although larger than other species of citrus Grape fruit yields surprisingly little oil from its pithy peel. Most of the commercially available oil comes from the USA.

 

Uses:

Skin problems MigrainesPremenstrual stress
Weight controlLymphatic stimulantDigestive tonic
FatigueAntisepticAntibacterial

 

Constituents:

Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.  

 

Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.

 

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

 

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

 

  
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