Grapefruit, the citrus of paradise, as called by its botanical name citrus paradisi, is proving to contain an oasis of weight-loss benefits when used as an essential oil, even trumping the fruit alone in dieting. Essential oils are concentrated plant essences and therefore only a drop or two is equivalent to eating several round, ruby fruits. When looking at weight-loss, research shows there is more to consider beyond simple metabolism maintenance, but that every aspect of the person ought to be addressed in order to achieve lasting results. Grapefruit essential oil has been found to be effective due to its ability to work on so many levels of being.
Toxins in the body are one of the main problems of retained weight. Cellulite alone is a sign that fat is storing waste in an ineffective way. Grapefruit essential oil helps internally to cleanse the body, especially the liver, riding the system of toxins which would contribute to unwanted pounds and undesired cellulite. It also works topically, when mixed with coconut oil and rubbed into troubled areas, to eliminate cellulite over time.
Not only does grapefruit essential oil work to cleanse the body in order to drop pounds and eliminate cellulite, which are the more physical concerns of weight problems, but it also works on the mental/emotional level to correct mood and improve ideas of self-worth.
According to Daniel Macdonald, author of Emotional Healing with Essential Oils, grapefruit is the oil of honoring the body and assists one in learning to appreciate oneself. Some sources report grapefruit essential oil’s ability to stimulate the appetite, and therefore correct other eating disorders, though Macdonald describes the way grapefruit works like this:
Grapefruit oil is often misused in overly strict dietary and weight-loss programs. The reason this oil helps curb emotional eating is because it encourages a positive relationship with one’s physical body based on love, tolerance and acceptance. Grapefruit encourages integrity by respecting one’s physical needs.
The key constituents in grapefruit essential oil, which are critical for dieting and trump eating the fruit alone by mere concentration, are Limonene and Myrcene. These properties are antidepressants and mood enhancers besides supporting metabolism stimulation, cleansing of the kidneys, lymphatics and vascular system as well as preventing tumor growth. Cancer in the body has been tied to self-hatred and self-loathing by metaphysical healers and teachers such as Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life) and Deb Shapiro (Your Body Speaks Your Mind). These negative emotions are often felt by those struggling with weight issues and can be positively addressed by using grapefruit essential oil.
Due to the potency of essential oils, verses the fruit alone, it is suggested to be cautious when choosing and using oils. It is recommended to become familiar with the company who is distributing the oils and make sure they are therapeutic-grade, purely extracted with no solvents, and have a third-party tester who can confirm their purity. Essential oils should also be diluted most of the time, so as not to irritate the skin, or, if used internally, the mucous membranes of the throat. If using essential oils internally it is critical to confirm your source is food-grade, and then the oil should be taken with something oil soluble such as fractionated coconut oil, olive oil or nut milk, so as to protect the lining of the mouth and stomach.
In the case of weight-loss, grapefruit essential oil may just trump the fruit alone in benefits for dieting. To receive these benefits, diffusing the oil in the atmosphere will uplift the mood and assist your body in releasing “happy hormones” which can boost the morale in the plight of shedding unwanted pounds. Rubbing a few drops of the oil over the belly can help to curb appetite and sugar cravings and moving the oil down over the hips and thighs can improve cellulite. A drop or two can be added to your favorite nut milk to assist the body in cleansing, or dropped into warm tea with a spoonful of coconut oil. To find out more information about grapefruit essential oil for dieting, see the links below.
By Stasia Bliss
Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Daniel Macdonald p. 38
Essential Oils Desk Reference by Essential Science Publishing p. 66