Grapefruit tree often grows some 10 metres or more,
and has glossy dark green leaves with large yellowish
essential oil is produced by expression from the
peel, but unlike other citrus oils, grapefruit is
not a photosensitiser. It does however have quite
a short shelf life as it oxidises quickly.
is high in vitamin C, making it valuable protection
against a range of infectious illnesses, and has
antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal,
diuretic, depurative properties, and is a stimulant
of the lymphatic and digestive system.
for treating cases of fluid retention, and cellulite,
it is an effective detoxifier. A massage oil with
grapefruit oil is a valuable treatment for post-exercise
as it helps disperse lactic acid from the muscles,
thereby reducing aches and pains - good news for
dancers and anybody who demands a lot out of their
physical body. It also tones skin and tissues.
is an excellent antidepressant - must be all that
sunshine it stores up - and has been used for effectively
treating sufferers of S.A.D syndrome,
In skin care treatment grapefruit is most valuable
in treating dull, congested skin. It has a lovely
tonic effect on the skin, as well as the scalp where
it promotes hair growth.