Essential Oil Spotlight: Grapefruit


Grapefruit essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of a grapefruit and has a fresh, citrusy scent. Many of the uses for grapefruit oil are similar to other citrus oils. However, grapefruit oil does not cause as much photosensitivity as other citrus oils do, so it can be used in their place when immediate exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

Grapefruit is primarily used for addictions (drugs), anorexia, suppressing appetite, bulimia, cellulite, dry throat, edema, gallbladder stones, hangovers, decongesting the lymphatic system, mental stress, miscarriage (after), obesity, overeating, performance stress, PMS, slimming/toning, and withdrawal.

Grapefruit oil may also help with cancer, depression, eating disorders, fatigue, jet lag, liver disorders, migraine headaches, premenstrual tension, stress, and sympathetic nervous system stimulation. It may also have a cleansing effect on the kidneys, the lymphatic system, and the vascular system.

Aromatically, grapefruit oil is balancing and uplifting to the mind and may help to relieve anxiety. It blends well with basil, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and ylang ylang.

If you are looking for a great way to share grapefruit essential oil with your friends and associates, we suggest you check out our Grapefruit Sample Card. You can give this card away with a sample vial of grapefruit essential oil. The card also has space on the back so that you can include your personal contact information.

Source:

Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition, p. 96

Essential Oil Spotlight: Helichrysum

Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant from the daisy family. Helichrysum is known for the strong “curry-like” smell of its leaves, although it has no relation to the curry spice mix (Wikipedia).

Helichrysum-Field

Historically, helichrysum was said to help treat asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, headaches, liver ailments, and skin disorders (Modern Essentials, 71).

The French have used helichrysum for blood cleansing, viral colitis, detoxification, gallbladder infection, hematomas, hypo-cholesterol, liver cell functioning, lymph drainage, pain reduction, sciatica, sinus infections, skin conditions, stomach cramps, and as a natural sunscreen (Modern Essentials, 71).

Aromatically, helichrysum is said to be uplifting to the subconscious and able to help calm feelings of anger (Modern Essentials, 71).

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helichrysum_italicum

Modern Essentials, 5th edition, 2013, p. 71