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How To Make Grapefruit Essential Oil at Home

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 25, 2017
How To Make Grapefruit Essential Oil at Home

In aromatherapy, grapefruit essential oil is one of the most used, as the citrus scent with its purifying and revitalizing properties makes it a perfect natural stimulator for the senses. In addition, it stands out for promoting both physical and mental health, it beautifies the skin and, above all, it helps to get rid of cellulite that appears in some parts of our body.

Would you like to make grapefruit essential oil at home? Follow this step by step article from OneHowTo where we explain the easiest and most effective way to make grapefruit oil naturally.

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Steps to follow:


Grapefruit essential oil is obtained from the peel of grapefruits, so to work, we must select two grapefruits that have a fairly firm and smooth skin. In addition, you'll need extra virgin olive oil and a bottle or glass jar with a lid. Once you've gathered the ingredients, get to work!


The first step to make grapefruit essential oil at home is to wash the grapefruits to remove any dirt or debris that may be there, wipe them with a clean cloth and take off the skin with the help of a knife or a peeler. You will see that on the inside of the skin, there is a light whitish layer, which must be removed by scraping it with a knife or with a small kitchen grater. You just need the grapefruit skin for the oil, so you can remove all the whitish part of the rind.

How To Make Grapefruit Essential Oil at Home - Step 2

Then, place a pot or pan on the stove and fill it halfway with water. Allow it to warm and then it's time to add the grapefruit peel. Wait about one minute and remove from the heat. You will see that the water has been colored slightly but it is not need so you can dispose of it.


To prepare the grapefruit essential oil and get the end product we're looking for, you should use a water bath technique to ensure the mixture is heated evenly. This technique is essentially placing a smaller container inside a larger container full of hot water and then heating the mixture in the smaller container to insulate it from direct heat.

The process is very simple, first fill the bottle or glass jar halfway with extra virgin olive oil and then add the grapefruit peel. Close the bottle with the lid and shake it vigorously so that both ingredients mix well together.

Keep in mind that we have used olive oil, but if you prefer you can replace this with another type of oil such almond oil which likewise has very beneficial properties for health and skin.

How To Make Grapefruit Essential Oil at Home - Step 4

Finally, you just have to heat the container of grapefruit and olive oil in a water bath. Put a pan of water on the stove, introduced into this the glass jar and let the water bucket reach the boiling point; thereby transferring heat to the bottle smoothly and steadily. You should let it warm up for two hours to obtain the essential oil.


After this time, remove the pan from the heat and let the jar with grapefruit oil stand in a cool place free from humidity for at least 24 hours. Then you only have to pour out the contents of the bottle - preferably in to smaller dark glass bottles - so the grapefruit essential oil is kept in perfect condition for longer.

How To Make Grapefruit Essential Oil at Home - Step 6

By following these steps, your grapefruit essential oil is ready to use. You should know that this is a very popular oil in aromatherapy and in the world of beauty due to its multiple properties that give us beneficial uses. These include:

  • It is an antidepressant, managing to relax the mind and body simultaneously.
  • It reactivates blood circulation.
  • It is excellent to combat muscle fatigue and improve the immune system.
  • It helps improve flu and common cold symptoms.
  • It is a diuretic, helping to combat fluid retention and prevent the appearance of cellulite.
  • It tones the skin and helps keep us looking younger.
  • It improves the appearance of oily skin and acne.
  • It is useful for revitalising hair and promoting growth.

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Roy Mehta
I like to know, making Grapefruit Essential Oil, at home, can we use hot distilled water instead of Olive oil. ?? with grapefruit skin
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