Guide - Florida Grapefruit EO
The Story :
The pomelo is a 3 to 6 metre tree with broad, evergreen leaves and is one of the most vigorous citrus trees. Its fruit, more or less spherical, with a thin yellow or pink bark, is a slightly sweet edible berry composed of a dozen quarters with few seeds. It grows in clusters, hence its English name “grapefruit”. The tree has high heat requirements.
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit native to the Indian Ocean, more precisely Indonesia, a region that was explored by the Dutch. In 1693 the English captain Shaddock sowed grapefruit seeds in Barbados (Caribbean). By chance, a grapefruit tree will hybridize to an orange tree. A tree resulting from the crossing will be “discovered”: Thus is born the pomelo (citrus paradisi). Citrus × paradisii is therefore a hybrid between grapefruit and sweet orange (Citrus maxima × Citrus sinensis).
The plant arrived in Florida in the 19th century and Europe discovered it after 1945. Its culture has also developed in Israel, Argentina and South Africa. The fruit has become Florida’s emblem. In Corsica, it passes the winter perfectly and it is the only citrus fruit that is picked once the winter is over, often even until summer. Each year, fruits from the previous year’s flowering are harvested and some fruits spend more than 12 months on the tree. The pomelo does not continue to ripen once picked and must therefore be harvested very ripe.
The Plant :
The grapefruit tree is native to Asia and whose fruit is a yellow or pink citrus fruit, larger than an orange and more bitter. We have selected grapefruit extracts carefully harvested under the Florida sun, in order to offer an essential oil of optimal quality. Grapefruit Essential Oil has a very sweet and fresh scent reminiscent of fruit.
- Idéale pour pallier aux lourdeurs digestives
- Assainit l’air
- Diluée dans une Huile Végétale, à utiliser dans les massages revigorants de la silhouette.
In infusion: For its detoxifying properties and to facilitate digestion.
To do this, mix 3 to 4 drops in a litre of warm, non-boiling water. Indeed, too hot water would tend to evaporate the essential oil too quickly and could also degrade the grapefruit essential oil and its components, making it less effective. It is important to dilute the essential oil in honey or on a sugar cube which you will then add in warm water, in order to unify the mixture. Once your preparation is done, you can enjoy your tea for a moment of relaxation, at any time of the day.
Atmospheric diffusion: To clean and purify the atmosphere of your home, but also to create a fruity, refreshing atmosphere and thus deodorize a room.
Depending on the diffusers and the size of the room, pour between 5 and 30 drops, and allow 30 minutes for a large room and about 15 minutes for a bedroom. In all cases, comply with the instructions for the device used.
In cosmetics: In cosmetics, it is used to solve problems of heavy legs, cellulite and water retention.
Grapefruit essential oil is used very diluted in a rich vegetable oil to provide a draining and invigorating massage. Pour 4 drops of essential oil for 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil of your choice and massage gently into the area concerned.
To purify and lighten the atmosphere, mix 20 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil, 20 drops of Orange and 10 drops of Scots Pine, put a few drops in an electric diffuser 5 to 10 minutes in a room, or in a candle burner with a little water in the dish and a few drops of the mixture.
Caution: Grapefruit Essential Oil is slightly photo-sensitizing, also after external use, do not expose yourself to the sun.