Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Fun fact: In many parts of the world, the waste of grapefruit and other citrus fruits are ground and used as animal feed.
Grapefruit is a bit of a botanical mystery. It appears to be the hybrid of a sour fruit known as a shaddock and a sweet orange. However, there are no existing records to show that there was a deliberate hybridization of the two plants. So it remains a mystery as to whether it was deliberately bred or was a product of Nature's own type of natural hybridization. First cultivated in the West Indies back in the 18th century, the United States is now the world's largest producer of grapefruit anywhere. Therapeutically, grapefruit has energizing and cleansing properties, plus has a unique ability to aid fat dissolution.
Mixes well with: Basil, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lime, myrrh, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, tangerine, thyme, and ylang ylang.
Parts used: Fresh peel.
Extraction method: Cold expression.
Safety Information: Has a short shelf-life as it oxidizes quickly. Replace quarterly.