We continue our series of Internet Gems with this article on the mental and emotional benefits of Grapefruit Oil – a not so-well-known Essential Oil.
Grapefruit Oil Has A Great Influence Over The Mental State
A 2002 study published in the Journal of Japanese Pharmacology investigated the effects of grapefruit oil inhalation on sympathetic brain activity in normal adults and found that grapefruit oil (along with other essential oils like peppermint oil, estragon, fennel and rose essential oil) significantly affected brain activity and relaxation.
“The adults who inhaled the oils experienced a 1.5- to 2.5-fold increase in relative sympathetic activity that improved their mood and reduced stressful feelings. They also experienced a noticeable reduction in systolic blood pressure compared with inhalation of an odorless solvent.” – Dr. Axe
Benefits of Grapefruit Oil: Uses and Precautions
Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus x paradisi), a lesser used but very potent and therapeutic oil, is created by cold-pressing the rind of the fruit to extract the oil. There’s a reason eating a grapefruit for breakfast was a long-time weight loss fad. The oils in this fruit are incredibly beneficial to the metabolism. The aroma of the oil is clean, fresh, a little bitter, and of course, citrusy.
This oil has been reported to increase energy levels with its uplifting scent, generating more energy, and helping you increase your activity levels. It supports cleansing of the system from the inside-out.
- Cleanses and purifies your body
- helps to clear up oily skin
- Supports healthy metabolism
- Helps reduce mental and physical fatigue
Emotional Benefits of Grapefruit Oil
In addition to the physical support grapefruit offers, the emotional and spiritual support of this oil coincide beautifully. The aromatic effects include support of one’s own sense of self-love and approval, especially in regards to loving and honoring our bodies.
The most significant ambiguity we have found in our investigations for the claims of the benefits of grapefruit oil are that the studies all tend to use other oils in combination as well as the usual carrier oils. This make sit difficult to determine if the benefits (which seem real) are derived from grapefruit oil, the other oils or a combination. Added to this si the fact that essential oils affect the mind through the limbic system, and as we are all different emotionally, we tend to get different results fro different oils.
This article quotes from Essential oils Weekly whom we thank and acknowledge.