Green Grapefruit

Probably native to Malaysia, the grapefruit is the largest citrus.

If it is known in its native region in Asia since the dawn of time (more than 2000 years BC), grapefruit arrived in Spain and in the rest of Europe from the twelfth century and in America (Jamaica and Florida) in the seventeenth. They are called «Shaddock» across the Atlantic, to pay tribute to the boat captain who introduced them.

There are 2 different species of grapefruit : yellow grapefruit (pomelo) and green grapefruit. The first one is an hybrid species, resulting from the association of green grapefruit (Citrus grandis) and orange (Citrus chinensis).

Its light yellow to pink pulp, very rich in Vitamin C, is firm and taste bitter and sour. It is commonly consumed as juice, in fruit salads or in various desserts.

From its thick skin is extracted an essential oil that smells pleasant and invigorating. It relieves pain and nervous exhaustion. In the air, the essential oil chases away evil thoughts, worries and doubts.



The multiplication is done in spring by seeds or by grafting. 


 Traditional uses

In Reunion, the grapefruit bark is crystallized.
According to a Chinese tradition but practiced in Tahiti, leaves and grapefruit peels infuse in a bath taken on Chinese New Year’s Day or on the day before a wedding. This ritual is said to protect against evil spells and to revitalize the body.

 Cosmetic uses

Grapefruit essential oil can be used in skin care products to treat oily skins and acne. While decreasing sebum production it does not dry the skin and gives a radiant complexion. In perfumery, it is used for its bright, fresh and bitter smell. In massage oil, it is anti-cellulite. In shampoos, it brings shine to hair.


Do not use for pregnant or breast-feeding women. Do not go into the sun after friction massage with the grapefruit essential oil, it is a photo sensitizer.