Lime Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Pure lime oil (Citrus aurantifolia) is a compound created by cold-pressing the peel of a lime. It's a little known, and seldom-used oil but I love to have it on hand for cleaning, cooking, and especially bad moods. You really can't help but be in a good mood with lime essential oil floating through the air. (It's a secret weapon of mine.)
It's most commonly used for digestive support, immune boosting, and respiratory function, but most especially for the aromatic influence it has. It smells like...you guessed it, lime. Very sweet, fresh, and tart. When lime hits your noggin (via your nose, mind you), you'll see what I mean. It's one of the most invigorating and uplifting aromas, without being overly powerful.
- A powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function
- Positively affects mood with stimulating and refreshing properties
- Used as an aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser
- Promotes emotional balance and well-being
Emotionally, it's said to enliven a person's appetite for life and playfulness. It helps a person get out from under stagnant energies - including grief, despair, apathy, and more - and regain their courage to embrace their zest for the goodness Life offers. It's an oil that couples well with the heart center, in my experience, clearing trapped emotions and allowing a person to open up again.
In these ways it may be useful for someone dealing with low vibrational emotions, fatigue, overwhelm, or a heavy heart, and stimulate a person's personal drive in fun, healthy, and heart-focused ways.
Lime essential oil blends well with Citronella, Clary Sage, Rosemary, and Lavender essential oils as well as other citrus oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include Lemon or Wild Orange essential oils.
How to Use Lime Essential Oil
Traditionally, lime oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Lime Essential Oil
As with all citrus oils, avoid direct sunlight at least 12 hours after use. Can cause skin irritation in some people, especially children. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Lime Essential Oil
- Diffuse to cleanse the air and uplift your mood.
- Put some Lime on a cotton pad to help remove grease spots and sticker residue.
- Add a drop of Lime to your drinking water for enhanced flavor and antioxidants.
- Add 1 drop to your shampoo for added cleansing properties.
- Because of the uplifting quality of citrus oils, diffusing lime can be beneficial for high-stress situations at home or work.
- Support the emotional and spiritual aspects of a person by diffusing lime, or using it topically or internally on a daily basis.
Inspiration for Using Lime Essential Oil
Ginger Lime Body Scrub: Mix together; 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 15 drops Lime essential oil, 10 drops Ginger Oil. Store in and air tight glass container.
Zen Roller Blend: Add 6 drops each Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, and 2 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood in 10ml roller bottle. Top with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to wrists and behind ears for an uplifting and peaceful feeling.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils