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Fresh Grapefruit Infusion (Citrus grandis)

Grapefruit infusion (Citrus paradisi)

Grapefruit was first described in the 18thcentury as ‘the forbidden fruit.’ It is a hybrid between an orange and a pomelo. It belongs to the Rutaceae plant family. It is a large evergreen fruit tree that originates from Jamaica. It can grow up to 9m tall and can produce around 500 fruits per year. Most of the world’s grapefruits are produced in USA, particularly in California, Florida, Texas and Arizona. They are also cultivated in Tropical Asia and West Indies.

A popular breakfast food, grapefruits aid digestion and are a good source of vitamin C. They contain phytochemicals that can interfere with the absorption of medicines.

Grapefruit juice is acidic and antibacterial; a topical application of it is particularly suitable for oily, spot-prone skin.

We make our fresh grapefruit infusion by finely chopping organic, fresh grapefruits and steeping them in boiled water. This fresh infusion gives both the benefit of the grapefruit juice and the oil from the peel. It is stimulating, refreshing and ideal for oily skin.

Aromatherapists use grapefruit oil as a refreshing and tonic fragrance; it reminds us of the sun’s energy and can help perk up a dull morning. It’s a popular oil for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress, depression and even Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), which can strike during dark, winter months.

Grapefruit has a very high content of vitamin C. Traditionally, they were used to fight infection, stimulate immunity and help with colds and flu.

We use grapefruit infusion in our Ocean Salt face and body scrub for its cooling, cleansing and astringent action, which helps improve the tone and texture of the skin.