Lime Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
Lime is a versatile essential oil with a variety of uses, making it an excellent addition to any essential oil collection or blend. Used in many household, cleaning, and personal care products around the world, it is relatively inexpensive, and it may be a great addition to your household as a tool to help with a wide variety of day to day issues you may experience.
A LITTLE ABOUT LIME OIL
Specific origins of the lime are unknown, however it is believed to have originated in Asia, and have since been adopted, and heavily integrated, by many countries and cultures around the world.
The essential oil is produced either by cold pressing or distillation of the rind of the lime. Typically, cold pressing is considered to be a higher quality oil, since the distillation process involves heating and cooling, some of the nutrients may be lost during the heating process.
LIME OIL USES
Aromatically, it offers a refreshing and uplifting scent of citrus which has been suggested to increase mental clarity, energy, and creativity. It may also help manage stress, as well as, symptoms of depression and anxiety. To reap the aromatic benefits of lime oil, you can add 5 to 6 drops into an essential oil diffuser, or into a spray bottle to be used as a room spray.
Lime oil can be used by itself, or in combination with other oils including (but not limited to) lavender, peppermint, frankincense, sandalwood, as well as other citrus oils. If you’re looking for the perfect blend you can check out 10 great ideas by Loving Essential Oils.
Topical use of essential oils tend to be the second most frequent use to aromatic uses of essential oils. Topically using essential oils can lead to irritation of the skin if used improperly due to the high concentration of the oil. Before using this product on your skin, make sure you are doing so with the highest respect of the oil, using them sparingly. Typically for topical use the best practice is to dilute the concentration of the oil with a carrier oil. A wide range of carrier oils can be used, some of which might already be in your pantry. Coconut, olive, jojoba, and grapeseed oils can all be used based on your preference. To make sure you dilute to the proper ratio, follow the guidelines suggested by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) recommendations.
Some topical uses of lime oil include, revitalizing the skin and reducing the appearance of aging. It may also help individuals dealing with acne, heal minor wounds, soothe insect bites, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some also believe that it can help with treating dandruff, toothaches, and the reduction of muscle and joint pain.
Other household uses of the oil include using it as a gum or grease remover, an insecticide and insect repellent, and can be used as a deodorizer.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LIME OIL
Lime oil is considered antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, an antioxidant, and an immune system booster.
and is thought to help with the recovery from infection problems of the digestive system (mouth, throat, stomach, colon and intestines). It is also thought to help treat gangrene, ulcers, psoriasi, and bronchitis, as well as, viral infections such as the flu, colds, measles, and mumps.
With lime essential oil specifically, there is a large amount of confusion in regards to whether or not the oil can be consumed orally. Typically most brands of essential oils do not recommend using essential oils internally due to the fact that they are highly concentrated, and are strong in even small amounts. Consuming these oils can present negative side effects if not used properly and is discouraged without the proper instruction or medical supervision. However, after consulting a physician, if internally consuming essential oils is recommended, you would want to make sure that it is a high quality product and not a synthetic oil. Looking for a brand that states that it is a “100% pure essential oil” means that there are no other additives that degrade the oil.
With this caution in mind, lime oil has been thought to aid in the relief of digestive issues, soothe sore throats, used to increase appetite, and even thought to help treat food poisoning and typhoid.
Due to the uplifting aromatic benefits of lime oil, we have incorporated it into our Peace inhaler and diffuser. Both products utilize the same handcrafted blend of essential oils, with the intention of promoting positive emotions, decreasing anxiousness, while uplifting your mood, and helping you find your peace.