This article will explore some of the uses and benefits of grapefruit essential oil and detail how it can be used as part of your hair removal routine.
To date, there is no scientific evidence that grapefruit essential oil can be used for hair removal on its own. However, it can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the skin after hair removal in order to slow down and impede hair growth.
What Is Grapefruit Essential Oil?
Grapefruit essential oil is a zesty smelling orange-hued oil often used in aromatherapy.
Originating in Asia but now produced in the USA, Israel and Brazil, the oil is extracted from the peel of the grapefruit using the cold pressing method.
It is packed with antioxidants including d-limonene and has been widely used to support the immune system.
Not only does it have healthful properties for both body and mind, but it can also be used as a source of nourishment for hair and skin.
Does Grapefruit Essential Oil Work For Hair Removal?
Unwanted hair can be a source of worry and distress for many women- and indeed men.
It can occur as a result of medical issues or an imbalance in hormones.
It has been reported that essential oils can be used as a kinder and more natural way to tackle this problem, as opposed to standard hair removal products and methods.
At the moment, there is no conclusive scientific evidence to determine that grapefruit essential oil by itself can be used for hair removal.
However, it has been suggested that grapefruit oil can be used as an ingredient in a type of balm which can be applied after hair removal to inhibit growth.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Hair Growth Inhibiting Balm
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops grapefruit oil
- Large bowl
- Add one cup of pure aloe vera gel to a bowl.
- Next add 10 drops each of lavender, tea tree, and grapefruit essential oils.
- Thoroughly mix the ingredients together until they are well combined, and you are left with a gel-like substance.
- Apply the mixture to your skin after hair removal methods to discourage hair growth.
The mixture can be stored in an airtight glass container.
Alternatively, the ingredients can be combined to form a spray.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Hair Growth Inhibiting Spray
- ½ cup water (distilled)
- 5 drops grapefruit oil
- 7 drops tea tree oil
- 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 5 drops lavender oil
- Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle.
- Spray the mixture onto your skin after hair removal in order to slow down and impede the growth of unwanted hair.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Grapefruit Essential Oil?
Grapefruit essential oil is very versatile and has a multitude of uses for the body, hair and mind:
Inhaling the scent of grapefruit essential oil is thought to transmit messages to the area in the brain which is responsible for our emotions.
This area of the brain also affects the nervous system. Advocates of aromatherapy suggest that grapefruit essential oil can influence certain biological factors including breathing, heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, and immune function.
Studies have found a link between citrus essential oils which contain the same compounds as grapefruit oil to having a calming effect on the user. It is therefore often used as complementary medicine for balancing mood and alleviating anxiety.
Massaging your hair with grapefruit essential oil stimulates hair growth and keeps it healthy.
It results in hair that is shiny and lustrous. Alternatively, you can use the oil as part of a hair mask- mixing it with orange, lemon, and sage.
This should be left on the hair for about 30 minutes then rinsed off. This will leave your hair feeling nourished and full of vitality.
There is evidence to suggest that grapefruit essential oil is effective in fighting potentially harmful bacteria.
Out of five essential oils tested, grapefruit was the most effective against MRSA, a group of bacteria usually resistant to antibiotics.
Grapefruit essential oil can be used to achieve healthy skin as it can prevent and soothe skin conditions such as acne.
Research has found that the oil has some antibacterial properties which are effective in the fight against P. acne (a bacteria linked with acne development).
Pollution, dirt, dust, pollen – your hair encounters all manner of impurities on a daily basis.
A few drops of grapefruit essential oil added to your shampoo can get hair looking and feeling supremely clean.
Grapefruit essential oil also manages the production of sebum which can cause hair to look greasy and limp.
Grapefruit essential oil is reported to have an effect on cellulite.
Research has shown that an abdominal massage using grapefruit essential oil mixed with other essential oils, lasting about thirty minutes can reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The grapefruit essential oil needs to be mixed with a carrier oil before it is applied to the skin.
Grapefruit essential oil can be mixed with your shampoo and used to eliminate dandruff and boost the growth of healthy hair follicles.
Adding two drops of grapefruit essential oil to two drops of glycerin, a teaspoon of aloe vera and half a liter of water produces a home remedy for hair that has become tangled.
Spray the aromatic mixture onto tangled hair before you wash it and enjoy tangle free hair after.
Grapefruit essential oil has odor eating properties which make it an excellent source to deodorise the body.
It impedes the growth of bacteria which cause odor.
Furthermore, it reduces the production of sweat from the sweat glands. So, you can avoid chemicals found in some commercial deodorants that are available and smell zesty fresh!
A little grapefruit essential oil massaged into the lower back or lower abdomen is reported to give relief from the pain associated with periods. Again, make sure you mix the essential oil with a carrier oil.
It stimulates increased blood circulation in that particular area which results in pain relief.
Using Grapefruit Essential Oil As Toner
Grapefruit essential oil can be used as a toner to get rid of traces of dirt and grime left in your pores after you wash your face.
Using this as part of a skincare routine can firm up the skin, reduce oil and shrink pores.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Toner Recipe
1.Mix together 1 tsp of witch hazel with 3 drops of grapefruit essential oil.
2. Pour it into a spray bottle.
3. Screw on lid and shake thoroughly.
4. Spray onto face and allow to dry.
5. Moisturize as normal.
Other Ways To Use Grapefruit Essential Oil
Relief from stiffness
Grapefruit essential oil can be used to alleviate pain and stiffness in the hands. Apply two or three drops mixed with coconut oil to the troubling areas. Alternatively, a few drops can be added to bathwater with Epsom salts to ease the discomfort.
A few drops of grapefruit essential oil can be added to your water bottle to drink, or have a small bottle filled with the oil to inhale from. This can give you a little ‘pick me up’ and help boost your energy levels when they are dwindling.
When you feel those symptoms of fatigue creeping in, diffuse some grapefruit essential oil or apply a drop over your chest to give your energy levels a natural boost.
To give your lymphatic system a boost, add a drop of grapefruit essential oil to coconut oil and massage into the skin. Start with your hands and feet and massage inward, moving towards the heart.
Support your body to cleanse and rejuvenate itself by adding a little grapefruit essential oil to your water, or massage the oil mixed with a carrier oil directly over the liver.
Massage diluted grapefruit essential oil over the lower part of abdomen and back in order to support your internal water filters
Purify the air
Purify the air at home or at work with a zesty zing- just add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to a diffuser. This also provides a bit of a mood boosting ‘pick me up’.
To relieve the discomfort of a headache, mix a few drops of grapefruit essential oil with a carrier oil and rub it topically into the head.
Discourage fleas in animals
Spraying dogs and horses with diluted grapefruit essential oil discourages fleas and flies to infest the animal.
To conclude, there is no current evidence to show that grapefruit essential oil can be used by itself for the removal of hair.
However, advocates of essential oils argue that it can be used as part of the entire hair removal process in that it can be used afterwards as part of a spray or balm to inhibit and slow down the hair growth.
Whether it plays a part in the hair removal process or not, it remains a versatile essential oil that provides vitality and nourishment for the skin leaving it healthy and supple.
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