Lime Essential Oil <br/><em>Citrus aurantifolia</em>
Imagine a warm summer day with the sweet lullaby of ocean waves waltzing through the air. You can hear the cawing of exotic birds and the soft music of stringed instruments. The air is warm, covering you like a lazy blanket, and toasty sand is underfoot. The sun is an orange orb on the horizon, already dipping into the ocean as if it’s tired of the warm weather and wants to take a swim. There’s a wicker table right next to you, and in a frosty wide-rimmed glass is an ice-cold slushy margarita. Right then, you understand the crisp, succulent freshness of lime.
The Short History of Lime
It took a little creativity on Mother Nature’s part to make a lime in the first place. The citrus is a hybrid between citron, pomelo and Mandarin orange.
About a thousand years ago, the wild lime appeared in the Mediterranean region and North Africa, brought there from the lime’s home in either Indonesia or Southeast Asia. Since that time, humans have been looking for new and inventive ways to use the bold fruit. For 19th-century sailors, the fruit saved them from scurvy on long adventurous escapades. As the story goes, this is how British sailors became known as “limeys”.
The fruit has only become more popular since those sailing days, with lime featuring largely in foods, cocktails, desserts and, yes, aromatherapy. As an aromatherapy, lime is divine, promoting emotional balance and clean living. When you use lime oil aromatherapy, the sharp scent of lime filters through your home, giving you a clean, refreshed space.
Live Life More Fully With Lime
Lime essential oil has many advantages. Physical and emotional benefits are reaped by those who add lime essential oil to their daily health routine. Because lime is a very versatile oil, the physical and emotional benefits are just the beginning.
- Antioxidant. Lime contains extremely large amounts of Vitamin C and other flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants protect you from colds and the flu and help you maintain a healthy immune system. Antioxidants also help to eradicate harmful free radicals in your system, working to help fight the signs of ageing and eliminate associated health dangers.
- Anti-inflammatory. Lime oil has some anti-inflammatory properties that may make it a good tool for fighting some of the symptoms and pain of inflammatory diseases like rheumatism and arthritis.
- Congestion. Lime oil opens up nasal passages when inhaled, allowing you to breathe easier when you’re suffering from congestion.
- People who use lime essential oil report feeling refreshed after using the oil, and many report that they feel their state of mind is more balanced.
- Relaxation. The crisp, clean scent of lime eases tense muscles and allows you to better relax after a busy day.
- Cleanser. Lime oil is an excellent cleanser for hair and skin and can even repair skin imperfections.
- Clear Skin. The antiseptic nature of lime makes it a great way to tone skin and eliminate damaging impurities. This helps to keep acne-causing bacteria off your skin and stimulates new, fresh skin to come to the surface.
- Ritual. Lime essential oil has a very straightforward use in spiritual rituals. Lime oil repels negative entities, letting only positivity into your home and life.
- Throat Chakra. The clarifying and purifying nature of lime oil helps you to balance the throat chakra. In a physical sense, lime oil clears your nasal and throat passages. Spiritually, lime gives you the confidence and power to express yourself and find your true calling.
- Aura Cleansing. Lime’s ability to dispel negative energy makes it a great aura cleanser. Simply add a few drops to a bottle of water to create our own aura cleansing spray. Spray it towards yourself, keeping it away from your eyes and nose.
Lime oil is believed to be generally safe for most people, but it is very strong. Dilute lime essential oil in a carrier oil to avoid being exposed directly to the high concentration of this oil. If you have sensitive skin, test your tolerance on a small patch of skin before using lime oil more broadly. Pregnant and nursing women should consult a healthcare professional before using this potent oil, and everyone should talk to a physician before taking lime oil internally.
- Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia
- Common Method of Extraction: Cold pressed
- Plant Part Typically Used: Peel
- Colour: Pale green to light yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Aromatic Description: Sweet with a hint of tartness over a citrus base