Grapefruit Essential Oil – Health Benefits
Grapefruit essential oil has become an integral part of homeopathic medicine. This fruit bares more than just good taste when looking for a fresh and delicious snack, its zesty, bittersweet flavor and fragrance, also aids as an anti oxidant, anti depressant, diuretic, disinfectant and anti septic qualities and that is not all! Here is a brief overview of the health benefits of grapefruit essential oil.
Almost everyone remembers the rage of the grapefruit diet that continued on for decades from the 1930s and on. There is some truth behind this diet as grapefruit is a natural diuretics that promote the release of toxins and excess water from the body through urination. Also during the process the body naturally cleanses not only the urinary tract, but the kidneys of calcareous and uric deposits and also helps lowers blood pressure.
This is also linked not the disinfectant and anti septic qualities of grapefruit essential oil in which when ingested or absorbed through the skin, the grapefruit essential oil aids as an anti viral and anti microbial. The oil is especially helpful in the gastric systems (including the urinary and excretory systems) by cleanings the oral cavity, stomach, intestines, colon, and as stated before, kidneys. When applied topically, grapefruit essential oil is also very effective in aiding in infections on the skin. It can be applied to bruises, cuts, acne, areas of highly concentrated oils.
Like many other citrus fruits and berries, grapefruit also has anti oxidant rich properties. This is also concentrated in the grapefruit essential oil extracted from the peel of the fruit. The primary anti oxidant found in grapefruit essential oil is vitamin C, which, as many people know, aids in boosting the body's immune system. Anti oxidants are the bodies' helpers in fighting off free radicals that enter the body. Anti oxidants aid us aging more gracefully by slowing the process of degeneration of tissue and muscular degeneration as well as assisting in protecting our most important sensory systems such as vision and hearing. Anti oxidants are also related to stimulating mental and physical functions and are said to add in nervous system disorders.
Grapefruit essential oil is also used as a stimulant and anti depressant. Its sharp citrus smell re-invigorates and stimulates brain activity improving alertness and awareness as well as stimulating the endocrinal glands and the secretion of hormones to improve metabolic function. It is for this that this oil has gain in popularity as a diuretic and aperitif as well as increased in popularity as an all natural anti depressant.
This is only a short list of the many things that grapefruit essential oil can do to improve your health. Next time you need a boost of some sort, look to natural ways to get there because there is something for everything.