Was the biblical forbidden fruit an apple? Not according to Reverend Griffith Hughes. He was a Welsh naturalist who in the 18th century traveled to Barbados in search of the tree that was in the Garden of Eden. In 1750, Hughes wrote a description of a fruit, which he nicknamed the “forbidden fruit,’’ that was an accidental hybrid of a pomelo and a sweet orange. The crop then spread to Jamaica, where a planter and magistrate John Lunan used the name grapefruit in writing about it.
In 1823, a French settler in Florida brought the grapefruit to that state. Over the next 100 years, the grapefruit was cultivated in Texas, California and Arizona. That’s good news because otherwise we couldn’t enjoy the benefits of grapefruit and also the essential oil it provides.
Grapefruit essential oil is a rich source of is a rich source of Vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties and so helps in boosting the immune system. Limonene is another key constituent of the essential oil. Limonene belongs to a group of compounds known as terpenes and may offer several health benefits. Limonene has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-stress, and possibly disease-preventing properties. Grapefruit essential oil also has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Lifts the spirits
But it’s not only for its health benefits that we value grapefruit essential oil. It is known in aromatherapy for its uplifting and stimulating scent, so that it commonly used for rejuvenation. Grapefruit essential oil is used to reduce stress, stimulate circulation, increase energy and enhance mood. The effect comes from its aroma and its stimulating effects on certain hormones that uplift the mind.
Grapefruit essential oil also is thought to improve cognition. Grapefruit essential oil has been shown to increase sympathetic, or unconscious action, versus a placebo. A controlled increase brain activity can help us to process information at a more effective rate, resulting in improved cognitive performance.
You’ll find grapefruit essential oil in the following BIOTONE offerings
Uplifting Customizing Complex: This invigorating blend revitalizes and energizes the body and mind while providing anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and mood elevating action.
Bliss Aromatherapy Massage Lotion: Bliss massage lotion is made with a 100% essential oil blend of bergamot, rosewood, coriander, sweet orange, grapefruit and ylang ylang. Contains jojoba, avocado and olive oils, known for their skin soothing benefits. Shea and mango butters give a luxuriously silky feel and smooth finish. This lotion is excellent for all massage modalities. Extended glide with less reapplications. A light, natural aroma promotes joy and uplifts the spirit. Paraben-free