This Grapefruit is also used as a cancer medicine.
This oil is also used to cure many diseases like overheated liver and dull lymph system.
Countries where it’s found :
USA is the largest producer of grapefruit followed by China, South Africa and Syria etc.
Grapefruit is widely grown worldwide. It is present in different varieties differentiated by color, which is due to the presence of different pigmentation level which in turn depends upon the ripeness of fruit. The most popular cultivated variety is red, white and pink grapefruit, which refers to the inner pulp of grapefruit. This family of fruit is highly acidic and some are sweet and tart too. This fruit has a strong fragrance and it is very tasty in terms of taste.
History of the Plant:
This fruit is a hybrid of citrus and paradise. The word “citrus” has come from the Greek word ” Kedromelon” and “paradisi” represent its species name. This fruit originally belongs to Jamaica. The grapefruit can gain height up to 26 to 30 feet. There are many stories behind this fruit and one of all of them is that “Captain Shaddock” brought this fruit to Jamaica. However, it perhaps occurred naturally as a hybrid fruit there. The parts of this fruit like leaves, flowers very much resemble to orange. This hybrid fruit later on called as “forbidden fruit” .It is first recognized by a Welshman, Griffith Hughes. Now this grapefruit is in the list of “Seven Wonders of Barbados. In 1823 this fruit was brought to Florida by Count Odet Philippe.
Extraction Process :
The peel of mature grapefruit is cold pressed and yellow watery oil is extracted out. It has a fresh sugared citrus fragrance.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Botanical Name : Citrus paradisi
Common Name : Citrus maxima oil, Citrus paradisi macf. peel oil
CAS # : 8016-20-4 F.E.M.A. : 2530
Plant Parts Used : Peel
Extraction Method : Cold pressed
Color & Odor : Yellowish to reddish yellow clear liquid with sweet dry citrus grapefruit odor
The grapefruit tree is originated in Asia. It is a large, shiny gloss-leaved tree that can grow about 10 meters (30 feet) high, with white flowers and large leaves
Constituents & Specifications :
Grapefruit oil has various chemical compounds that include pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, geraniol, linalool, citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate, terpinenol, Geraniol, Citral and Neral.
Specific Gravity : 0.84800 – 0.85600 @ 25°C
Refractive Index : 1.47300 – 1.47900 @ 20°C
Grapefruit oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, diuretic, disinfectant, lymphatic stimulant, tonic and anti-infectious.
Benefits & Uses :
- Grapefruit has a high vitamin C content and is therefore valuable to the immune system. It helps protect against colds and flu, has a very positive effect on obesity.
- It has an uplifting effect on the mood and helps with stress and depression.
- It has been used for acne, appetite supprestant, cellulite, chills, circulation, colds, depression, detoxification, exhaustion– physical and mental, flu/influenza, hair growth and tension headaches.
- It is a great nontoxic spray or wash for the cleaning of all pet areas, cages and bedding etc. to provide a germ free environment.