It has been well known for quite some time that grapefruit can aid in weight loss. What has become new information in this pursuit is the same weight loss potential, or greater in grapefruit essential oil.
Contrary to what one might believe, grapefruit essential oil is actually extracted from the peel, rather than from the pulp of the fruit. It has the same clean, fresh kind of tangy and a little bitter taste that the fruit you're used to eating has. Grapefruit essential oil has been used for centuries to help beat sugar cravings, hangovers and inflammation but now, we can add weight loss to the list of benefits! In this article, we'll tell you how you can use grapefruit essential oil to help you lose weight and some other health benefits you can get along with way too.
How does grapefruit help with weight loss, you ask? Well, the active ingredients in grapefruit essential oils boost metabolism and reduce appetite at the same time!
Grapefruit essential oil is also a great diuretic and lymphatic stimulant which means it help shed excess water weight. Because of this benefit, you may notice that many cellulite creams have grapefruit in them.
A study conducted by the Nagata University School of Medicine in Japan found that grapefruit has a "refreshing and exciting effect" when inhaled, on the sympathetic nervous system that helps control body weight. Their study involved rats and it demonstrated that the sympathetic nervous effect had a direct effect on the lipolysis. Lipolysis is the process of the body using fat from fat cells (adipose tissue) as energy. When lipolysis happens, fat is dumped into the blood stream and is used for fueling the body. This effect was seen in that rats in this study and resulted in suppression of weight gain in them! Limonene, one of the primary components in grapefruit oil, has shown to balance blood sugar levels and reduce appetite in studies involving rats.
How can you get these same fat burning benefits? As the study showed, inhaling the grapefruit oil is all you need to do. If you own an essential oil diffuser, simply add a few drops and diffuse the oil into the air!
Another way is to topically apply the grapefruit oil to the skin. You can do this by dabbing a small amount to warmer areas of the body where you might add perfume.
One way to ensure that you're getting your grapefruit smelling fix is to use it in your deodorant. At Green Theory, we use grapefruit essential oil in our Original Sin (Men's Daily Wear) probiotic deodorant. Original Sin combines the citrusy goodness of pink grapefruit essential oils with the fresh woody scent of fir needle essential oil and the spicy undertone of black pepper essential oil. Adding the grapefruit essential oil to deodorant is a surefire way to be inhaling grapefruit all day, every day because it goes on a warm area of the body and it sure beats smelling like body odor!
All Green Theory Deodorants use 100% natural ingredients combined with the odor blasting power of probiotics and the detoxifying ability of bentonite clay! We dont use any toxic chemicals like the commercial deodorants do but, get the same effectiveness. It's fresh pits and peace of mind.
Grapefruit essential oil has been shown to have antimicrobial abilities. It can even kill strong strains of bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella!
Smelling grapefruit has a natural ability to perk us up with its clean, fresh scent. Did you know that research has proven this to in fact, be true? Studies have shown that inhaling grapefruit has been shown to lower blood pressure and transmit messages directly to be areas of the brain linked to emotional responses.
Adults who inhaled grapefruit oil showed a 1.5-2.5x increase in sympathetic brain activity that resulted in better moods and stressful feelings. It even reduced systolic blood pressure compared to an odorless oil!
Had a long night out drinking and feeling sluggish? Grapefruit essential oil is a liver and gallbladder stimulant and helps to increase detoxification and urination.
You can either diffuse the grapefruit essential oil, add a drop or two to some water and drink it or, apply a drop to the neck or temples to get the desired effects during your hangover.
Improve Hair Health
Add 2-3 drops of grapefruit oil to your shampoo or conditioner and massage it into your scalp and hair. You can also add 1-2 drops of grapefruit to a small amount of coconut oil and rub the mixture into your clean, damp hair after bathing.
Grapefruit essential oil works well with lots of other oils depending on what you’re using it for. Try combing it with basil oil, orange oil, peppermint oil, bergamot oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil or lemon essential oil. Keep in mind that all citrus essentials oils are highly concentrated and are full of healthy acidic properties. Because of this, it's recommend you use glass containers when storing them so they don’t eat away any of the plastic.