The name we all know the fruit grapefruit translated from English as "grape fruit." That's called a grapefruit for the first time who saw his British sailors, because it grows in clusters of 3-18 pieces on a branch.
Nobody knows exactly when and how did the grapefruit on the ground. Many scientists suggest that the grapefruit is nothing other than a hybrid shaddock and sweet orange, and that it arose because of a fluke in the West Indies. There are several other versions of his origin, but to confirm or one of them still could not - play the artificial grapefruit by the breeder has obtained.
- Subtropical evergreen fruit tree of the genus Citrus, Rutaceae family, to 12-15 meters high with a strong crown. The leaves of the grapefruit are thin and long to 16 cm long, glossy, dark green color. Flowers are large, up to 4-5cm in diameter, pale white with 4-5 petals.
Large fruits are covered with porous skin a pale yellow or slightly reddish in color. Colour of pulp can be from light yellow to bright red. In the flesh are white seeds. In some varieties of grapefruit are absent. Today, there are about 20 varieties of grapefruit.
It is believed that the first grapefruit started breeding in Florida (USA) at the beginning of the XIX century. In Russia, they are grown since 1911.
Now the main plantation grapefruit are in South and South-East Asia. Some varieties of grapefruit and fruit grow well at room conditions. For example, a grade Duncan, sprouting in tubs 2-2 to 5 m in height. The fruit ripens in its December and weigh from 500 to 600 grams.
Useful properties of grapefruit
The grapefruit fruit contains: vitamin C, P, up to 88-90% of water, sugar, acid, pectin. Since then, as a grapefruit was known the world around him is conducted much controversy. And at the same time it is widely used not only in cooking, but in medicine and cosmetics.
- Grapefruit helps in the morning to wake up and energize the body and in the evening to relax, calm down and go to sleep.
- Even a small piece of this fruit significantly elevates mood, eliminate the anger and irritation, with regular use helps to heal from depression.
- Traditional medicine grapefruit assigns to the normalization of the central nervous system.
- Especially useful in winter grapefruit and early spring, when many of us are overcome by apathy and weakness.
- Taste and flavor of the fruit a beneficial effect on brain function, increase the concentration attention, arouses interest in life, contributes to good health.
- Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice normalizes the bowels, liver and gall bladder, helping to stand up after a cold and exacerbation of chronic diseases.
- If morning sickness is recommended to drink on an empty stomach ½ cup of fresh juice for 30 minutes before eating.
- In the evening after a busy working for half a glass of juice returned to power.
- Noticed that those who eat grapefruits, almost never catch cold, they do not clings flu and SARS.
- When Insomnia is recommended to eat a slice of grapefruit just before bedtime.
- Juice of fruit and grapefruit help to lose and maintain weight.
- Grapefruit, eaten after a meal, stabilizes insulin levels, reduces feelings of hunger and enhances the process of lipolysis obtained from food.
- Grapefruit is a good helper to those who have a lot of mental load, including schoolchildren and students.
- Will cheer and essential oil of grapefruit used for this purpose aroma lamp with 2 drops of oil. You can drop one drop of on the wrist on the palm and inhale the aroma.
But, like all other oils, butter Grapefruit should not fall into the eye and the wound!
Grapefruit for beauty
. Grapefruit oil is widely used in cosmetics industry for flavoring eau de toilette, lotions, colognes, perfumes, creams and shampoos. Folk cosmetics used juice, pulp and peel of fruits of grapefruit.
- Grapefruit juice helps with pigmented spots and freckles. To do this, rub the skin juice in the morning and evening. If the skin is dry, the juice is diluted with boiled water 1: 1. For oily skin can be cleaned with a porous face of a slice of grapefruit.
The mask against wrinkles from grapefruit for all skin types
2 tbsp. tablespoons juice grapefruit mixed with 1 tbsp. spoon of yogurt and 2 tbsp. spoons of ground on a coffee grinder oat flakes. Mix and apply on face for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with parsley broth or warm water, wash with cool.
The mask of Grapefruit for dry skin
1 teaspoon grapefruit juice mixed 1: 1 with a teaspoon of olive oil and 1 chicken egg yolk. Mix and apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with warm brew green tea. After 5 minutes, wash with cool water.
For oily skin
2 tbsp. tablespoons chopped grapefruit pulp mix with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 chicken protein. Apply for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, wipe the face with ice.
- In order to hardened skin became velvety hand, it needs to be massaged every night crust of the fetus, such as watching TV.
For the strengthening and growth of hair
Brew peel of one grapefruit with 1 liter of boiling water, infuse 1 hour, drain, add 2 drops of essential tea tree oil, rinsed hair after washing.
Magicians claim that the scent of grapefruit helps to establish relationships with others, promotes success, prosperity and attracts wealth. For flavoring of your underwear is enough to put in a cupboard cloth, with a few drops of essential oil of grapefruit.