Grapefruit Essential Oil – From The Paradise of Citrus

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Grapefruit Essential Oil is extracted through the compression of the peel of the bitter-sweet citrus known as Grapefruit. This fruit is also quite aptly known scientifically as Citrus Paradise. Two other scientific names for Grapefruit are Citrus Racemosa and Citrus Maxima.

The compositional makeup of Grapefruit Essential Oil comprises limonene, alpha-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, geraniol, linalool, citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate, and terpineol. Grapefruit also contains principle constituents such as caryophyllene, delta cadinene and nootkatone. These sesquiterpenes contribute to the richness of the Grapefruit Oil compared to other citrus oil species, with the sesquiterpene-ketone, nootkatone, being one of the most sought-after aromatic compounds in the world. Despite only naturally having a 0.1 – 0.2% presence in the Oil, the presence of nootkatone contributes as one of the primary sensory profiles for Grapefruit Oil, demonstrating that it is the most important compound in Grapefruit Oil to the flavour and fragrance industry.

As an Essential Oil within the citrus oils’ family, Grapefruit Essential Oil has a wide variety of uses and benefits. Some of the most prevalent of these include the following:

For Medicinal Use – Grapefruit essential oil is used medicinally, both for at home remedies as well as by a wide range of practicing medical professionals. Its range of medicinal properties include, but are not limited to: functioning as an antiseptic; it has antibacterial qualities which make it suitable as a disinfectant; it is rich in antioxidants and as a result it aids in boosting the immune system; it has antiviral and antimicrobial properties which means that it is effective in fighting and preventing infections; and its function as a lymphatic substance means that it aids in removing toxins from the body.

For Use in Aromatherapy – This Oil is commonly used in aromatherapy practice as a means of reducing stress, aiding in the reduction of depression and anxiety, as well as boosting overall energy levels, concentration, and emotional wellbeing.

For the Food and Beverages Industry – Grapefruit Oil has a very distinct aroma and flavour and is often used within the food and beverage industry as a popular flavouring agent.

For Health and Beauty – The pleasing fragrance and the high levels of antioxidants present in Grapefruit Oil also make it a popular choice within the health and beauty industry. It is commonly added to products such as perfumes, creams and lotions.

Established in 1983, the Clive Teubes Group has been producing, distributing and exporting superior quality products to both local and international markets for more than three decades. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, its offerings include: Essential Oils, Natural Extracts, Citrus Oils, Flavours & Fragrances, Indigenous Oils & Exotic Oils, Special Extracts, and Aromatics. For more information please request a product brochure from or visit