I have been asked many times if the use of grapefruit oil is “safe”. This post will discuss the reasons you should not shy away from using it.
First, let me address the many uses for Grapefruit oil…….
Grapefruit oil is primarily known as an antioxidant. It can also cleanse and purify; helps with oily skin issues; supports healthy metabolism; helps reduce mental and physical fatigue; and helps with sore muscles and joints
This amazing oil can be used neat (no dilution needed) when used topically, aromatically in a diffuser and internally. I usually put just a few drops of grapefruit oil in my water and drink throughout the day to help me stay hydrated and to mildly suppress my appetite on very busy days. Grapefruit is a key ingredient in the Metabolic Blend and is therefore an important oil to have on hand when trying to lose or maintain your weight.
Many citrus oils cause photosensitivity, meaning that exposure to the sun can cause skin irritation when they are used topically. Grapefruit can be used in their place if this is a concern because it does not cause as much photosensitivity as the other citrus oils.
Now we can address the concerns that many people have about grapefruit oil, specifically when they have been told to avoid grapefruit as it will interfere with the effectiveness of certain medications. Here is some science…..
Vitamins and minerals are necessary for life. We get the majority of the essential vitamins and minerals we need from food. Many whole foods also contain non-vitamin and non-mineral chemicals (not a bad word here!) called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are found in plants, are defined as a non-nutritive chemicals and are very useful in helping to protect us from disease. The phytochemical specifically found in grapefruit is called naringenin. Bear with me here, it gets interesting!
Naringenin serves as an antioxidant, a free radical scavenger, an anti-inflammatory chemical, a carbohydrate metabolism booster and an immune system stabilizer. However, it also inhibits an important liver enzyme called cytochrome P450 (go ahead – impress your doctor!!). This is responsible for the first pass metabolism of certain drugs – in short, it inhibits their ability to do what they are prescribed to do. Therefore, many of you that are on “statin” medications for high cholesterol have been warned by your doctor to NOT eat grapefruit. So then that makes you question the “safety” of Grapefruit essential oil.
The answer is simple…….
Grapefruit oil is extracted by cold-pressing the RIND, not the fruit itself. So you have the same nutritional benefits of a grapefruit without all the safety concerns.
I hope this post has answered some of your questions. As always, make sure to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. You can contact me and I can provide more information for you and your doctor if need be. I am here to help!