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Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit Oil

Citrus X paradisi


Grapefruit essential oil can provide an uplifting environment due to its invigorating and energizing aroma, while acting as a purifying agent when added to a skin care routine.



Referred to as a “forbidden fruit” and one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados,” Grapefruit was first documented in 1750 by Welshman Rev. Griffith Hughes. The name “grapefruit” is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resemble those of grapes. Known for its energizing and invigorating aroma, Grapefruit oil helps create an uplifting environment. Grapefruit essential oil is also renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties and is frequently used in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance of clear, healthy looking skin. Grapefruit can also support a healthy metabolism when used internally.*



  • Combine with carrier oil or lotion and rub on hands or feet for an invigorating massage.
  • Diffuse for a motivating, invigorating aroma.
  • Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism.†

Directions For Use

Aromatic use: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight and UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying product.

Primary Benefits

  • Improves the appearance of blemishes
  • Supports a healthy metabolism when used internally†
  • Creates an uplifting environment

Aromatic Description

Citrus, floral, fruity

Collection Method

Cold pressed

Plant Part


Main Constituents



doTERRA Grapefruit is a favorite oil to use as an air freshener, thanks to its delightful aroma. Grapefruit has an uplifting and cheering effect on emotions. Inhaling Grapefruit oil while dieting or trying to lose weight can increase motivation. Taken internally, Grapefruit oil supports the metabolism and offers detoxifying benefits.*


Usage Tips:

  • Diffuse Grapefruit oil while dieting or trying to lose weight to increase motivation.
  • Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism.*
  • For a refreshing massage that leaves behind a light, uplifting fragrance, use Grapefruit oil.
  • Grapefruit oil can be helpful when added to a teenager’s facial routine to improve the appearance of blemishes (use at night to avoid sun exposure for 12 hours after application).

Learn More

What Is Grapefruit Essential Oil Used For?

Grapefruit is an energizing and uplifting oil. It is simultaneously sweet and tart and is a flavorful addition to water. Cold pressed from grapefruit peels, Grapefruit essential oil offers many benefits when used topically, aromatically, or internally.* It is included in many of doTERRA’s popular blends and facial care products.

What Are the Health Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil?

Experimental research has shown that diffusing Grapefruit essential oil may curb cravings. Taken internally, Grapefruit oil helps support blood sugar levels already in a normal range.*

Grapefruit oil has several incredible health benefits.* The primary constituent of Grapefruit essential oil is limonene, which is also present in other citrus oils. This contributes to its cleansing and purifying properties, both topically and internally.* It is popularly used to support a healthy metabolism, and as a gentle daily cleanse due to its detoxifying benefits.* The limonene in Grapefruit essential oil supports healthy lung and respiratory function.* Additionally, when taken internally, it supports digestive health, including helping to relieve occasional heartburn and indigestion.* To take Grapefruit oil internally, take one drop under the tongue, in a capsule, or in a glass of water.


Grapefruit oil is rich in properties that are beneficial to the skin. When added to your facial care routine, Grapefruit oil has a purifying effect on the skin and helps promote a clear, healthy complexion. It is often added to lotions and soaps due to its ability to improve the appearance of skin blemishes. However, since it can cause photosensitivity, always avoid sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours after applying Grapefruit essential oil topically to the skin.

Where Does Grapefruit Come From?

Grapefruit is a relatively recent addition to the citrus family. It was first documented in the Caribbean islands in the 1750s and is believed to be a natural cross breeding between the sweet orange and the pomelo.

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