Aromatherapy
Lime

Citrus aurantifolia

Lime (scientific name Citrus aurantifolia) is a member of the family Rutaceae. The essential oil extracted from lime has a sweet and stimulating aroma that works to heighten the nervous system. Lime essential oil is obtained from the peel of lime through a process called cold compression. Alternatively, lime essential oil can also be extracted by distilling the dried peels of the fruit.

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It is believed that lime essential oil has its origin in eastern Malaysia. It has a stimulating and invigorating effect and the pleasing aroma of lime is effective in inducing clarity in thoughts and, at the same time, it promotes creativity. Currently, lime is popular across the globe for its ability to assist in sustaining a healthy immune system. Internal use of lime essential oil is said to offer antioxidant support, in addition to helping in weight management. Applying lime essential oil onto the skin may also aid in keeping the skin healthy.

It is advisable that you use lime essential oil interchangeably with lemon oil. However, lime essential oil has its individual distinctive flavour and fragrance. Lime oil can be used to treat a number of health conditions, including fever, colds, sore throat, and infections. It has been found that lime oil is also useful in treating rheumatism. At the same time, lime sharpens the mind, induces mental clarity and improves concentration. Often lime essential oil is used in the form of a flavoring agent in beverages as well as Asian cooking, especially Indian culinary.

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Lime essential oil is also useful in curing acne. Adding one drop of this essential oil to every two teaspoons of witch hazel produces a blend that is a wonderful anti-bacterial agent and astringent. You may store this blend in a bottle and apply it to the skin in small quantities twice daily.

Traditionally, lime essential oil has been effectively employed for opening up the passages in the respiratory tract to make breathing easier. You can add some drops of lime oil to a bowl of steaming water and inhale the vapour or sprinkle some of it in your shower for this purpose. Lime essential oil blends wonderfully with the essential oils of different eucalyptus varieties, thereby imparting some fruity scent to the herbaceous fragrance of the eucalyptus trees. These two essential oils would complement each other's actions and help to ease the breathing passages better. Lime oil has a sweet aroma that helps to make the power of cineol, the main element of eucalyptus, softer.

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Lime essential oil has been found to be effective in curing infections, protecting us against being infected by microbes. In addition, this oil possesses antiseptic properties. Precisely speaking, lime oil has the ability to prevent tetanus in case you sustain any injury from an object made of iron. Using this oil topically helps to cure skin infections as well as protect the wounds from being infected and speed up their healing process. Using lime essential oil internally helps to effectively treat infections of the mouth, throat, stomach, colon, intestines as well as the urinary tract. It has been found that using this essential oil is amazingly effective in curing psoriasis, gangrene, sores, ulcers, carbuncles, rashes and other comparable health issues. Lime essential oil is also useful in treating viral infections in the respiratory tract, thereby aiding in the curing of bronchitis. In addition, this essential oil is useful in combating viral infections like colds, coughs, flu, mumps, chicken pox and measles.

As lime oil possesses astringent properties, it is effective for curing toothaches, supporting the gums' grip on the teeth as well as protecting the teeth from falling out. In addition, lime essential oil also makes the slackened muscles tighter and giving them a feeling of fitness, firmness and youthfulness. This attribute of lime oil is also useful for treating diarrhea. In addition, the astringent property of lime essential oil is useful for stopping hemorrhages, as it works to constrict the blood vessels.

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The aroma of lime essential oil is so sweet and pleasant that it makes our mouth water. When taken in minor doses, lime oil works as an aperitif or appetizer. At the same, this oil also stimulates the secretion of various gastric juices inside the stomach even before one starts eating something. This action of lime oil helps to augment appetite and hunger.

These attributes aside, lime essential oil is an excellent bactericide. This oil can be employed for treating diarrhea, food poisoning, cholera and even typhoid, which are all attributed to bacterial infections. In addition, lime essential oil can also be used for treating other bacterial infections, for instance infections of the stomach, colon, intestines and the urinary tract, in addition to the infections of the skin, eyes and ears. This essential oil can also be employed for treating wounds.

Lime essential oil also possesses potent disinfectant properties. When added to foods, lime oil helps to protect them from decomposing due to infections caused by microbes. Taken internally, lime essential oil may help to cure microbial infections in the stomach, colon, kidneys, urinary tract and genitals. External application of lime oil helps to protect the skin as well as wounds from microbial infections and subsequently accelerates their healing process. You can also use a diluted form of this oil for application onto the scalp to protect hair infections due to lice as well as various microbes. At the same time, it strengthens the hair follicles, thereby preventing them from falling out prematurely.

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Fever is not an ailment, but a symptom that reveals that our immune system is combating against some kind of infection or various other undesirable substances. Therefore, it has been seen that almost always fever is accompanied by infections like colds, bacterial infections, viral infections, malfunctioning of the liver, infections on open wounds, allergies, boils, arthritis and pox. Since lime essential oil possesses anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-tussive, fungicidal, cicatrisant, and antiseptic attributes, it is useful in curing the basic cause of the fever and in due course, helps to reduce fever. Therefore, lime oil acts as an effective febrifuge.

A medicine that possesses the ability to stop bleeding either by making the blood vessels to contract or by encouraging blood coagulation is known as a hemistatic agent. Lime essential oil is an effective hemostatic owing to its astringent attributes. This oil can aid in reducing hemorrhages by causing the blood vessels to contract.

Apart from the above mentioned health benefits of lime essential oil, it also works in the form of a restorative by means of restoring the health as well as potency of the organ systems all over the body. This action of lime essential oil is somewhat akin to tonic effect and is considered to be beneficial for people who are recuperating from prolonged periods of ailments or injuries.

Lime oil is also effective for toning the muscles, tissues as well as the skin. It also works to tone up the various systems functioning in the body, such as the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous and excretory systems. The tonic effect of lime essential oil assists in retaining youthfulness for a prolonged period and, at the same time, stops the symptoms related to aging from appearing. In other words, this oil is effective for preventing wrinkles, hair loss, and muscle debility as well as age spots.

General properties

  • antibiotic
  • antiseptic
  • antiviral
  • aperitif
  • astringent
  • bactericidal
  • disinfectant
  • febrifuge
  • haemostatic
  • restorative
  • tonic

Blends well with

General uses

  • acne
  • aging symptoms (hair loss, wrinkles, age spots, and muscle weakness)
  • allergies
  • arthritis
  • bacterial infections
  • boils
  • carbuncles
  • chicken pox
  • cholera
  • colds
  • colon infections
  • coughs
  • diarrhea
  • ear infections
  • eye infections
  • fever
  • flu
  • food poisoning
  • gangrene
  • immune system
  • infections
  • infection of intestines
  • lice
  • liver malfunctions
  • measles
  • mouth infections
  • mumps
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • rheumatism
  • skin infection
  • sores
  • sore throat
  • stomach infections
  • throat infections
  • ulcers
  • weight management
  • wounds
  • toothaches
  • typhoid
  • urinary tract infections
  • viral infections

Precaution

While lime essential oil offers several health benefits, as with other essential oils, it should also be used very cautiously. First and foremost, you should always keep this essential oil in a place that is beyond the reach of children. Pregnant women, nursing mothers, people enduring any medical condition or taking specific medications ought to consult their physician or healthcare professional before using lime essential oil. It is also advisable that this oil should not be applied to areas that are often exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods or ultra-violet (UV) rays. People using lime essential oil should necessarily stay away from being exposed to direct sunlight or ultra-violet rays for about 24 hours after applying it onto their skin.

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