Lime essential oil comes from the Citrus Aurantifolia, or Key Lime plant. These are small, shrubby trees with thorns, flowers, leaves, and of course Key Limes. These trees are thought to be native to Southeast Asia, however, key limes gained popularity in the Florida Keys where they were grown and used to make Key Lime pie.
When the flowers on the tree blossom, this generally means that the Key Limes are ripe. Once the fruit is harvested, the peel is cold-pressed to extract Lime essential oil.
There are plenty of uses for Lime essential oil, for example, it can become a staple in the kitchen, or used in cleaning due to its purifying properties. When diffused around the home, it adds an uplifting, energising aroma. Taking Lime essential oil internally can help to support the immune system, whilst topical application helps to cleanse and purify the hair and skin.
Add a few drops to a diffuser for a fresh, energising aroma.
Diluting with a carrier oil is recommended due to possible skin sensitivity. Avoid exposure to sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after topical application.
Possible skin sensitivity. Avoid exposure to sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after topical application.
Blends well with
Soothes sore throats
Gargling a glass of water with a drop of Lime essential oil can help to ease the pain of a sore throat.
Supports the respiratory and lymphatic systems, and maintains healthy liver function
When taken internally or topically, Lime essential oil can help to support the healthy functioning of several bodily systems and organs. Take in a capsule or dilute and apply over the area of concern.
Supports the digestive system and healthy urination
Add a few drops of Lime essential oil to a glass of water and take internally to help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Helps with mild memory and clarity issues
Using Lime essential oil aromatically can help to clear the mind, assisting with mild memory issues. Use a few drops in a diffuser, or inhale.
Reduces feelings of sadness and exhaustion
The energising properties of Lime essential oil can lift the mood and give you a boost of energy. If you’re feeling down or exhausted, apply topically to the back of the neck or the ears, or diffuse to feel energised and uplifted.
Helps with the symptoms of herpes and cold sores
When taken in a capsule or applied topically to outbreaks, Lime essential oil can support the immune system in relieving the symptoms of herpes and cold sores.
Helps with chicken pox
Take Lime essential oil in a capsule, or dilute and apply to chickenpox to support the immune system and promote a faster recovery.
Aids the removal of head lice
The cleansing, purifying properties of Lime when applied topically can assist with recovery from head lice. Add 20 drops to your shampoo, along with 15 drops of melaleuca oil and apply the shampoo as normal.
Reduces pain and inflammation
Massage Lime essential oil over the area of discomfort, or take in a capsule to increase antioxidants, and decrease pain and inflammation.
Restores emotional balance
Using aromatically and topically can help you to go from feeling faint to feeling enlivened.