The grapefruit Citrus fruit (Citrus × paradisi), is a subtropical citrus tree known for its bitter fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Barbados. The flesh is segmented and acidic, varying in color depending on the cultivars, which include white, pink and red pulps of varying sweetness.
In this world, people use the fruit, oil from the peel, and extracts from the seed as medicine. Grapefruit seed extract is processed from grapefruit seeds and pulp obtained as a byproduct from grapefruit juice production. Vegetable glycerin is added to the final product to reduce acidity and bitterness.
Grapefruit juice is used for high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), cancer, a skin disease called psoriasis, and for weight loss and obesity.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is taken by mouth for bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including yeast infections. Grapefruit seed extract is applied to the skin as a facial cleanser, first-aid treatment, remedy for mild skin irritations, and as a vaginal douche for vaginal yeast infections (candidiasis). It is also used as an ear or nasal rinse for preventing and treating infections; as a gargle for sore throats; and a dental rinse for preventing gingivitis and promoting healthy gums; and as a breath freshener.
Grapefruit oil is applied to the skin to the skin for muscle fatigue, hair growth, toning the skin, and for acne and oily skin. It is also used for the common cold and flu (influenza).
Inhale Grapefruit Vapors
Some people inhale grapefruit vapors to help the body retain water, for headache, stress, and depression. Grapeseed extract vapor has also been inhaled for the treatment of lung infections.
Grapefruit in Food
Grapefruit is safe in the amounts normally used as food and seems to be safe when used appropriately for medicinal purposes.
Grapefruit is a source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, and other nutrients. Some components might have antioxidant effects that might help protect cells from damage or reduce cholesterol.
- High in vitamin C and potassium.
- A good source of folate, iron, calcium, and other minerals.
- Pink and red varieties are high in beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
- Contain bioflavonoids and other plant chemicals that protect against cancer and heart disease.
- High in fiber, low in calories.
Here are some products with Grapefruit available at the Natural Product Marketplace:
Xlear Xylitol 3-pak Nasal Wash .75 Oz
Xlear Nasal Spray contains optimal amounts of xylitol, the key ingredient that makes it so revolutionary and effective. Now available in a convenient three-pack, perfect for cold and allergy seasons or anytime you want sinus relief.
Pink Grapefruit Essential Massage Oil
Thisisnatural.com Pink Grapefruit Essential Massage Oil known to be beneficial in relieving stress and nervous exhaustion.
Nonie of Beverly Hills – AHA! Protein Moisturizer
A rich skin food containing Vitamins A, B, C & E. 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acids from natural sources. Exfoliates dead cells and increases cell renewal resulting in a younger, smoother, healthier looking complexion. Minimizes small dry lines.
Aubrey Organics – Natural Mist Herbal Hairspray (Super Hold)
Stronger formula keeps hard-to-hold hair in place all day.