Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia
Family Name: rutaceae
Common Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
Parts Used: Citrus rind (peel)
Note Classification: Top
Aroma: The strength of the initial aroma is medium. The aroma is tart, citrusy fresh and sweet.
Largest Producing Countries: Lime tree is an evergreen tree and is short and bushy. It grows anywhere between 6 to 13 feet in height and has dark green leaves, white flowers and oval fruits in green. The two main types of lime trees are Mexican lime and Tahiti lime. It is a fruit native of the Southeast Asia and later spread to Africa and Egypt. It is widely grown is warm climates throughout the world.
Traditional Use: Lime oil is widely used for acne, asthma, cold, flu, dull skin, varicose veins etc. Lime oil is widely used in aromatherapy and there are many benefits using the oil. It is stimulating and refreshing and can be used for cleansing properties. It is rich in vitamin C and is an excellent immune booster. Lime is an excellent cooking ingredient and gives the dishes a tangy flavour. Lime oil is widely used in food and beverage industry and also for making fragrances. It is used as an ingredient in household cleaners, soaps, detergents and many other beauty products. The antiseptic properties of lime oil are many and it can cure infections and also protect the development of infections. It can prevent tetanus and when applied externally it can cure infections of the skin. When consumed internally it helps cure infections of the throat, colon, mouth, intestines, stomach and urinary infection. It is good for curing sores, gangrene, psoriasis, rashes, carbuncles and other similar problems. It has the ability to cure viral infection of the respiratory system and can cure bronchitis. It is also effective in fighting viral infections like flu, cough, mumps, cold and measles. Lime oil is a powerful astringent and helps cure toothaches, strengthen the gums and protect the teeth from falling out. It tightens the loose muscles and gives a feeling of fitness, youth and firmness. The oil has the ability to stop haemorrhage by contracting blood vessels. If taken in small doses the oil acts as an effective appetizer or an aperitif. It activates the secretion of digestive juices into the stomach before consuming food and increase hunger and appetite.
Blends Well With: Lime oil blends well with citronella, Rosemary, clary sage and lavender oils.
Of Interest: Lime oil is the most affordable oil and is used widely for energising, fresh and happy aroma. It is popular in folklore as oil which cleanses, renews and purifies the spirit and mind and also the aura.
Safety Data: Cold pressed lime oil is phototoxic but the stem pressed one is not. Avoid topical use of the oil without the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not take any oil internally without the advanced knowledge of essential oil or proper consultation with a qualified practitioner. Avoid using the oil if you are pregnant, epileptic, have cancer, liver damage or any other medical condition. Read the dilution ratio first before using it on children.