22 November 2008

The fruit of a small evergreen tree native to many tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is a yellow/clear liquid with a fresh, sweet citrus aroma, which is considered uplifting and refreshing. Like essential oil of Lemon, Lime oil is cooling and cleansing.

Botanical Name
Citrus aurantifolia

  • It originated from Asia
  • It is now cultivated in most warm countries, especially Italy
Light Green With a Hint of Orange/Yellow

Thin and light consistency

Perfumery Note

Fresh, citrusy, sweet

Strength of Initial Aroma

Extraction Method
Cold-pressed from the rind of ripe lime

Constituents and Chemical Composition
a-pinene, B-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, y-terpinene, terpinolene, octanal, nonanal, tetradecanal, pentadecanal, trans-a-bergaptene, caryophyllene, B-bisabolene, geranial, neryl acetate, geranyl acetate, a-terpineo, 1,8-ceneole, linalool, borneol, citral

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative and tonic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Lime 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 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
  • Can be supportive in cases of acne and other skin conditions, poor joint circulation, dyspepsia, colds and other respiratory infections
  • Lime is noted to be anti rheumatic, anti scorbutic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, febrifuge, restorative, and have general tonic action
  • Phototoxic. Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
Blend With
Neroli, Citronella, Lavender, Rosemary, Clary sage, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Rosewood, Tangerine, Ylang-Ylang

Lime oil may be helpful with acne. A drop of essential oil per two teaspoons of Witch Hazel makes and excellent, anti-bacterial astringent. Store in a mixing bottle and apply a small amount twice a day.

The essential oil is also though useful for opening the breathing passages. Lime can be sprinkled in the shower, or inhaled from a steaming bowl of water for this effect. The oil would blend nicely with Eucalyptus varieties, giving a little fruity aroma to the herbaceous scents from the Eucalyptus trees.


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