Lime Essential Oil

by Socha on January 24, 2012


Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) comes from a small evergreen tree. It is much like a lemon tree but is usually smaller and the fruit and leaves much more green. The tree is originally native to Asia, but it is now cultivated in many warm countries around the world.

In the 19th century, British sailors used limes, as well as lemons, to help prevent scurvy, due to their high Vitamin C content.

The essential oil is extracted by expression or sometimes steam distillation, of the peel. It is characterised as a top note.

The scent is sharp and bitter sweet, with a fresh fragrance. It is one of my favourite essential oils because of its mouth watering smell!

For the mind:

  • It is uplifting, anti depressant and helps to ease anxieties.
  • It stimulates and refreshes tired minds.


For the Body:

  • Cools fevers associated with colds, sore throats and flu
  • Eases coughs and asthma.
  • Helpful for arthritis, rheumatism and poor circulation.
  • Helpful in stimulating lymphatic system, so is good for cellulite.
  • Great for skin, particularly greasy and congested skin.
  • It is antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral and so aids the immune system.


Here are some ways you can use Lime essential oil at home:

Massage oil – Blend it with a carrier oil for massage or use a few drops in the bath for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Skin conditions
  • Cold and flu
  • Respiratory infections
  • Water retention
  • Cellulite
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle aches

Oil Burner – Add a few drops to some water and burn around the house to help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • General uplifting mood
  • Respiratory infections

Cream or alcohol base – add a few drops to a cream base or alcohol base to use for skin conditions, where oil is not appropriate for:

  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Skin toner

Some cautions to keep in mind:

As with all essential oils, I recommend that you don’t use them when pregnant without consulting a qualified practitioner.

Lime should not be applied directly to the skin as it will cause irritation.

It can also make the skin photosensitive, so should not be used before going in the sun, to be sure of no adverse affects.



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