Lime essential oil provides many cleansing benefits when taken internally or used topically. Lime has a distinct aroma and taste; it is also the perfect oil for purifying skin, air, and surfaces. The essential oil helps support healthy immune function and can be an internal cleanser (when taken in water). When added to drinking water, lime enhances the flavor and provides antioxidant support for the body.
Lime essential oil is cold pressed (expressed) from the rind. The main chemical constituents are monoterpenes and beta-pinene. Lime essential oil has germ-fighting properties.
The essential oil, cold-pressed from the peel of fresh limes, has a high limonene content. The essential oil provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleaner.
Limes are native to Southern Asia. Historians believe that Persian and Arab traders introduced them to India and the Middle East. From there, the fruit came to France and Italy in the 13th century by the returning crusaders. We believe Christopher Columbus brought lime seeds to the new world on his second voyage in 1493.
In the late 18th century, the use of citrus was initially a closely guarded military secret, as scurvy was a common scourge of several national navies. The ability to remain at sea for lengthy periods without contracting the disorder was crucial for the military. In the 19th Century, British sailors received a daily allowance of lemon to prevent scurvy. Lemons were later changed to lime which led to British sailors acquiring the nickname “Limey” because of their usage to prevent scurvy.
Lime Essential Oil Uses
Lime is in ingredient in facial and body cleansers today because of its purifying properties and uplifting scent.
When used in aromatherapy, lime helps promotes emotional balance and well-being. Diffusing lime essential oil helps cleanse the air. It also positively affects mood with its stimulating and refreshing properties.
If you have a big test or presentation, diffuse lime essential oil while preparing and then apply a drop of lime to your wrists again while taking the test or giving the presentation. Add two drops of lime to your homemade salsa recipe to kick up the flavor.
Add one drop to your facial cleanser or your shampoo for additional cleansing properties
Finally, like lemon, you can place a couple of drops of lime essential oil to cotton pad or cloth to help remove grease spots and sticker residue from surfaces.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse lime essential oil, use it on your skin, and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep lime essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using lime oil. You should avoid sunlight and UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying lime essential oil to your skin.