Green Valley Aromatherapy

Lime

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General Properties of Lime Essential Oil

  • antibacterial
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • stimulant
Origin: Mexico. Steam distilled from the peel. Top note.

Description of Lime Essential Oil

Lime peel is often cold pressed from the rind of the fruit of the lime tree to produce an essential oil that is gold to yellowish green in color. It is an essential oil with furanocoumarins, which can cause photo toxic reactions from the sun if used in products for the skin. Green Valley's Lime essential oil is a steam distilled version of this oil, making it safer for use in products that will be used on the skin. Some of the regions/countries that produce Lime essential oil are Florida, Central America, Italy and the Caribbean Islands.

Lime essential oil is very refreshing to use, especially in hot climates. It is a popular addition to many aftershave lotions for men, and due to its astringent qualities is useful for oily skin. As with other citrus essential oils, lime essential oil is great as a diuretic, drainer and lymphatic stimulant, making it useful when treating obesity, water retention and cellulite. It carries with it some antidepressant capabilities, so it's great for use with S.A.D. (along with other "happy" oils). Again, because this is a citrus essential oil, it can be irritating to the skin, so never apply without first mixing with a carrier oil and be aware of this on sensitive skin. Lime essential oil may also act as a febrifuge and therefore be cooling when fever is present.

This oil blends well with Clary sage essential oil, Citronella essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Neroli essential oil and Rosemary essential oil.

Specific Cautions for Lime Essential Oil

Lime essential oil is phototoxic, so do not use before exposure to the sun or tanning beds. Can irritate the skin. Avoid during pregnancy.

References about Lime Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Lime Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.