Grapefruit Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine

Common Name: Pink Grapefruit

Botanical Name: Citrus paradisi

Pin Yin Name: Da Guo Pi

Main Acupressure Channels Activated by Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil: Earth (Spleen, Stomach), Wood (Liver, Gallbladder)

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Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oils in Chinese Medicine

Grapefruit essential oils is treasured for its ability to clear congestion in the body such as lymphatic congestion and Liver Qi Stagnation. It also drains and dries Internal Dampness relating to weight gain, joint pain, or stomach problems. It’s cooling nature resolves Heat in the body, so joint pain with swelling and a feeling of warmth as often happens with rheumatoid arthritis would respond well to the application of grapefruit essential oil. Because it acts on cellular detoxification, it helps to clear cellulite in women. This is also an important formula for harmonizing the Middle Jiao when the Liver overacts on the Spleen or Stomach.

Properties: Neutral to cool, dry, bitter, sour

Nature: Cheerful, joyful, liberating, radiating, dispersing, balancing, harmonizing, supportive, spontaneous, enthusiastic, inspiring, refreshing, reviving, confident, uplifting, clarifying, cleansing, purifying, decongesting, circulating

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Diseases, Emotional Imbalances, and Pain Syndromes Treated with Grapefruit Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each energetic organ system is assigned to one of the Five Elements. Each element has both physical and emotional symptoms that would indicate imbalances in one or more of the related organ systems. Learn more about the Five Elements here!

Water Element Energetic Organ Systems: Kidney, Urinary Bladder

Wood Element Energetic Organ Systems: Liver, Gallbladder

Fire Element Energetic Organ Systems: Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, San Jiao

Earth Element Energetic Organ Systems: Spleen, Stomach

  • Food stagnation
  • Drains Dampness
  • Poor appetite
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Foggy head

Metal Element Energetic Organ Systems: Lung, Large Intestine

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Plant description: Tree grown in tropical climates.

Part used: Fruit, peel

Note: High not with quick dispersion rate

Safety and Contraindications

  • No known cumulative toxicity used topically
  • Dilute to 6% so not to irritate the skin
  • Recommendations for topical use only
  • Pregnant or nursing women and children-infants should only use essential oils under the guidance of their local natural healthcare practitioner.

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