Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for its bitter fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Barbados.When found, it was named the "forbidden fruit” and it has also been misidentified with the pomelo or shaddock one of the parents of this hybrid, the other being sweet orange. It is high in vitamin C. The grapefruit is today cultivated in Florida, California, Brazil and Israel where the essential oil is also produced; California is the main producer of grapefruit essential oil. Grapefruit essential oil is anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, detoxifying, anti-depressant, immune boosting, skin-toning and mentally rejuvenating. It is used to treat acne, oily skin, cellulite, muscle stiffness, water retention, obesity, colds, flu, depression, headaches, jet-lag, stress and nervous exhaustion. It is good for use in a diffuser to disinfect a room. Grapefruit is known as a 'happy' oil due to its uplifting qualities and is liked by children for this reason; it is said to improve concentration and self-confidence. It is used in aromatherapy spa treatments to improve lymphatic drainage and to ease muscle stiffness, by dispersing lactic acids. Grapefruit is also used as a fragrance component in the perfumery industry, in soaps, cosmetics and detergents; it is used in both the food and drinks industry too.