Essential Oil Spotlight: Pink Grapefruit Oil

The holiday season can be downright exhausting. Add to that shorter, darker days and cold temps galore, and my energy levels plummet. Enter the perfect antidote to this kind of fatigue—pink grapefruit essential oil. The scent never fails to revitalize my spirit. It’s just so…sparkly.

The scent is just what you would expect—citrusy, tart, and a bit sweet. That description alone really doesn’t do it justice. Never has such an everyday essential oil smelled so ethereal. Purifying and energizing, pink grapefruit oil is a triple A powerhouse—antibacterial, antidepressant, and antiseptic—which means it not only makes you feel awesome, it can help ward off colds and other winter-time illnesses.

Pink grapefruit essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the grapefruit. It’s relatively cheap compared to some of the more precious essential oils like frankincense. Look for certified organic grapefruit oil, especially if you’re going to use it topically*, since pesticide residue will remain on the peels.

Here are some easy ways to add pink grapefruit oil to your routine…

Keep it by your bedside and inhale first thing in the morning. If you don’t naturally bounce right out of bed, this will help. I’m not one to feel super cheerful when I wake up—at least until I have a hot cup of something in my hands—but I notice a huge difference in my morning attitude when I stop and smell the grapefruit. The fog of sleep lifts pretty effortlessly with this baby, too.

Diffuse it! This is my favorite way to enjoy pink grapefruit oil. There are many affordable options for diffusing essential oils, like tea candle diffusers. Want to go pro? I’ve got this fancy misting diffuser on my Christmas wish list. Don’t want to bother buying equipment? Here’s a trick I love: pour a few drops of the grapefruit oil on a cotton pad and place the pad on a table lamp directly on top of the light bulb. (I recognize this could potentially be hazardous, but my lamps don’t burn too hot and I’ve been doing this for years. Just please don’t burn your house down.) The heat of the light bulb gently warms and diffuses the oil into the air. I often do this right before I’m expecting friends to freshen up the house.

Take it on the road. I recently purchased a little aromatherapy car diffuser that plugs into the lighter outlet. I made a small blend of pink grapefruit and peppermint essential oils, loaded that puppy up, and spent two days driving across the country feeling fresh and alert the whole time. Pair pink grapefruit oil with rosemary essential oil for another energizing combination.

Make perfume oil! This isn’t as hard as it sounds. You probably already have a light and neutral oil in your arsenal, like jojoba. You just need to add some essential oils to create a personal scent all your own. In general, you want to use about 15-25 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil. Here’s a great little primer to get you going. I love to combine pink grapefruit oil and jasmine for a fresh yet sultry scent.

Pink grapefruit plays nice with so many essential oils, but some of my favorite pairings include grapefruit with any of the following: jasmine, peppermint, rosemary, frankincense, patchouli, clary sage, cardamom, cypress, and juniper.

Do you use pink grapefruit essential oil? Tell us how!

* A word of caution: essential oils are potent! They must always be properly diluted if applied to skin. Pink grapefruit oil in particular can cause photosensitivity and can burn your skin if applied neat.

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