Lime essential oil is extracted from Citrus aurantifolia (also known as Citrus medica var. acida and C. latifolia) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as Mexican and West Indian lime, as well as sour lime.
Lime Essential Oil, a clear smelling citrus oil, can help lift depression and lighten your mood when feeling blue. It is used to fight cellulite and to tone the skin in general.
Lime Essential Oil has a sharp, citrus peel smell and is pale yellow to light olive in color.
Originally from Asia, it is now cultivated in most warm countries, especially Italy, the West Indies and the Americas. It is an evergreen tree growing up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) high with smooth, green leaves, stiff sharp spines and small, white flowers.The fruit is green and although there are many varieties they usually measure about two inches in diameter. It was introduced into Europe by the Moors and from there it migrated to the Americas. Ships transporting it were called ‘lime juicers’ and ship crews depended on it to prevent scurvy, because of the vitamin C content (although Limes are not as high in vitamin C as lemons). The colloquialism ‘Limey’ for a British sailor comes from their use of limes instead of lemons to prevent the outbreak of scurvy on their vessels. It is used to flavor ginger ale and cola drinks, and also used in the perfume industry.
Lime Essential Oil can be extracted by expression or by distillation – the peel of the unripe skin by cold expression or the peel and /or the whole ripe fruit by steam distillation. Our lime oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fruit rinds and since it is distilled it does not have a photo toxic effect on the skin.
The therapeutic properties of lime oil are antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative and tonic.
The main constituents in the distilled Lime Essential Oil, like the one we sell is a-pinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, 1,8-ceneole, linalool, borneol, citral and traces of neral acetate and geranyl acetate.
Lime Essential Oil is beneficial to the immune system, easing infection in the respiratory tract and relieving pain in muscles and joints, while revitalizing a tired mind and banishing the feeling of apathy, anxiety and depression.
Precautions and Uses
Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing if the oil is obtained by steam extraction, yet the oil obtained from cold expression can cause photosensitivity in strong sunshine and can irritate the skin.
Lime Essential Oil is useful to cool fevers associated with colds, sore throats and flu and aids the immune system while easing coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis, as well as helping for asthma. Lime oil can stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression. It can be helpful for arthritis, rheumatism and poor circulation, as well as for obesity and cellulite and has an astringent and toning action to clear oily skin and acne, and also helps with herpes, insect bites and cuts.
In vapor therapy, lime oil can be used to lift depression and energize a tired mind, while easing breathing and assisting the digestion.
Lime oil can be used as a massage oil or diluted in the bath, to help with painful muscles and joints, respiratory problems and cellulite, as well as when colds and flu strike.
When used in a cream or lotion, it is helpful to clear oily congested skin and is also often used to help fight cellulite and remove the cottage cheese effect from the skin.