Grapefruit Seed Oil vs. Extract

By: The Hale Groves Team | On: | Category: Fruit Facts
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There’s nothing like a good grapefruit at breakfast time…or anytime!  Hale Groves has plenty of grapefruit gifts for your loved ones.

Truly, you know you’re getting the best grapefruit when you shop at Hale Groves. Grapefruits have a reputation for being bitter, but ripe grapefruit is tart, never bitter. And when you order a gift fruit basket that contains our famous Ruby Red Grapefruit, you and your loved ones will be able to taste for yourselves just how sweet grapefruit can be! No gifts of fruit ordered from Hale Groves in the winter would be complete without our famous grapefruit. Our fresh fruit is still on the tree at the time you place your order, so it has every chance to soak up as much sweet sunshine as possible before we send it off to you.

What Else is Great about Grapefruit?

You probably already know that grapefruit is a citrus fruit, but did you know that people don’t just eat the fruit: they use the oil from the peels and extracts from the seeds as medicine as well?

Grapefruit is ideal as both a snack and a flavoring component (the juice is often used for this) because it’s supremely healthy as well as low in calories and fat-free. Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, and other nutrients.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice have been shown to help prevent asthma, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, cancer, and psoriasis. It has also been known to reduce symptoms of stomach upset in people suffering from eczema, as well as improve red blood cell levels, and aid in weight loss.

Grapefruit Seed Extract & Grape Seed Oil

Some of grapefruit’s uses and benefits are found in more than just the fruit itself. Grapefruit oil and seed extract are used in a variety of ways, including household cleaners and cosmetics. They’re also useful as natural health aids – for instance, grapefruit oil can be used to ease muscle fatigue, encourage hair growth, and tone and condition the skin, as well as ease symptoms of colds and flu. Grapefruit seed extract (which is processed from the fruit’s seeds and pulp) can be taken orally to help treat many bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Here are just a few ways grapefruit seed extract can be used to benefit your health:

  • Topically as a facial cleanser and to treat mild skin irritations
  • As an ear or nasal rinse to treat ear and sinus infections
  • As a gargle to treat sore throats
  • As a dental rinse to prevent gingivitis and promote healthy comes (it also freshens breath!)
  • In shampoo to eliminate lice
  • Added to a vaporizer to treat lung infections
  • In a diffuser to treat headaches, ease stress, and alleviate depression

Farmers also used grapefruit seed extract as a natural way to fight mold growth, kill parasites that may have gotten into livestock feed, treat water, and eliminate bacteria and fungus.

Before using grapefruit in any form for health reasons, be sure to check with your doctor – particularly if you take any medications. Some drugs interact with grapefruit, so it’s best to be safe.

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