First Posted February 2015
When most people think about February, they think about Cupid, hearts, and chocolate. For me, I’m still recovering from the fudge that I ate at Christmas. Come February, I like the idea of Candlemass, which is celebrated on Feb 2. It is the halfway point between winter and spring; a celebration to welcome the returning sun, Gaia and the longer days that start to awaken her new growth. Being a gardener, all that I can say is “Bring on Spring”.
Living on the west coast of Canada, winters tend to be rainy, dull and gray and a lot of people get the winter blues. Citrus oils are perfect for this time of year. They smell so fresh and crisp, they just make you feel better. I love the citrus oils, but my favorite by far is Grapefruit. Both pink and white varieties are available, with the pink being the sweeter smelling of the two. Grapefruit essential oil is cold pressed from the fruit peels and is mainly grown/ produced in USA, the West Indies, as well as South Africa, Italy, and Mexico. As the only citrus fruit that is considered to be native to the new world, Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is thought to be a hybrid of Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) and Pomelo (Citrus maxima). It is a euphoric, stimulating essential oil that is said to work well with the Solar plexus or the “3rd” Chakra which is all about Self-Worth and Self-Esteem.
Grapefruit essential oil is used a lot for fragrance in soap and personal care items, but it does so much more. It can also be used:
- to ease stress & anxiety. Grapefruit is a crisp, non-sedating and uplifting essential oil that really helps when you are feeling lethargic, sad or depressed. To me, this is one of Grapefruit’s best qualities.
- if your are tired & need to focus.
- for headaches. I like to diffuse grapefruit if I have a headache or a migraine coming on. I find that the stronger scents don’t work all that well for me. (everyone responds differently to essential oils.Sometimes it’s trial & error to see what works best for you.)
- as a room spray or in the diffuser during cold and flu season as a lighter, fresher alternative to some of the stronger scented essential oils.
When I wanted a Grape-fruity (not sure if this is actually a word) diffusing blend, what I came up with, I called “Ray of Light”. It started off being one of my personal blends, but I’ve slowly started to share it with clients and it has grown from there. This blend has the essential oils of Grapefruit, Lemon, Clementine, Petitgrain and the sweetness of Vanilla. Sometimes I like to use this blend late afternoon when my energy starts to lag and I still have a lot to do. But my favorite time to diffuse this blend is first thing in the morning. It helps to wake me up and is a fresh, dare I say zesty way to start my day. (Makes me want sing Jason Mraz or Bruno Mars songs)
Do not use Grapefruit essential oil topically during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. Diffuse it in the for stress and headaches.
***When tested at low doses Grapefruit Essential oil is said to be non-toxic,non-irritant & non-sensitizing. There is a lot of contradictory info regarding the phototoxicity of Grapefruit essential oil. So when in doubt, do your research and use common sense.
A good rule of thumb: don’t apply phototoxic essential oils to areas of your body that are exposed to the sun; also don’t use these oils if you are using a tanning bed. You may have a reaction up to 24 – 72 hours after using a phototoxic essential oil on your skin, and the signs may be visible for up to a few weeks afterward. Photosensitive essential oils are Bergamot, cold-pressed Lime, Mandarin Leaf, Bitter Orange. Cold pressed Grapefruit & Lemon to a lesser degree (Other photosensitive essential oils are Angelica, Cumin, Cinnamon Bark & Rue.) You also have to be very careful of your dilutions (.04% – 1%, depending on the oil).
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to Replace Medical Advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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