Lime essential oil has a zesty, sharp, clean aroma. It is cooling and drying and can assist with cleansing or detoxifying. In aromatherapy, lime is used during times of stress, fatigue, and an overworked mind. Lime always seems to be overshadowed by lemon when citrus is called for in a particular dish or even cleaning products. However, these beautiful green fruits boast just as many benefits as their yellow-colored cousins.
Lime essential oil is often used in aromatherapy blends due to its refreshing scent, but that’s not all it's good for! 1 Lime essential oil boasts several health benefits and is a great addition to your daily routine. You can find this oil and more in portable diffusers like Ocean and Forest MONQ.
The History of LimeLimes originated in Southeast Asia and were introduced around the 10th century into Egypt and Northern Africa. Around the 13th century, they were introduced into Spain and spread from there throughout the rest of Europe.
Columbus took these beautiful green fruits with him on his second voyage in 1493, which led to the plants being cultivated in the warm Caribbean climate. Limes grown in the West Indies were widely used by British explorers to prevent scurvy due to their high Vitamin C content. 2
Limes weren’t introduced to the United States until the 16th century when Spanish explorers brought them to the Florida Keys. Now we know where Key limes originated from!
Lime essential oil is extracted from fresh lime peels by means of cold compression. This form of extraction is also commonly referred to as "expression." In some cases, lime essential oil can be extracted from dried peels through steam distillation. The resulting oil has a strong citrus scent and a light green/yellow color.
If the oil has been extracted through cold compression it can be phototoxic, so it’s important to exercise caution when using it topically. When applied directly to the skin and then exposed to the sun, phototoxic essential oils can cause swelling, darkening of the skin, or extreme sunburn. To reduce this risk, safely dilute the oil before applying to the skin and avoid direct sunlight for at least 12 hours. It’s recommended that you use four drops of lime essential oil in an ounce of carrier oil. 3
All of its beneficial properties come from the various chemical compounds that make up the oil, including:
- Neryl Acetate
Uses for Lime Essential Oil
Maintains Skin HealthApplying a few drops of diluted lime essential oil to the skin help limit breakouts. Simply apply with a cotton ball right before bedtime to allow all of its healing properties to soak into your skin overnight. Lime essential oil can also help brighten up the dull-looking skin. If using this oil on your skin, it’s important to either avoid the sun for 24 hours afterward or thoroughly wash the oil off of your skin before sun exposure.
Supports Healthy DigestionThe properties of lime essential oil can help support a healthy digestive system that continues to work effectively. 5
Reduces StressThe uplifting scent of lime essential oil makes it ideal for reducing stress and promoting well-being. Simply use one of our uplifting blends or diffuse the oil throughout a room of your house to reap these benefits.
Remedies DandruffIf you’re suffering from a dry, itchy scalp, adding a drop or two of lime essential oil into your shampoo can help. Simply massage into your scalp and wash out as usual.
Relieves DiscomfortTo relieve the discomfort of sore muscles, mix four drops of lime essential oil into one ounce of carrier oil such as almond, jojoba or coconut and massage into the affected area. Alternatively, you can add a couple of drops of this oil into a relaxing bath.
Acts as an AntioxidantDue to its high limonene content, lime essential oil is a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants help to remove free radicals that damage cells, including those of the skin. This helps reduce signs of aging such as fine lines, sun spots, and wrinkles. Its astringent properties help keep the skin firm. Simply add a drop or two into your moisturizer or lotion and apply as usual.
Alternative Uses for Lime Essential OilUsing lime essential oil topically, internally, and aromatically provides plenty of health benefits, but that isn’t all this powerful oil can do! You can also use it to clean surfaces, repel insects, remove stains, and more. 7
Cleans SurfacesLime essential oil is a popular ingredient in many natural cleaning products. In order to make your own easy disinfectant, mix approximately 15–20 drops of lime essential oil into half a cup of water and half a cup of vinegar. This works as a multi-purpose cleaner that’s especially effective at cutting through grease. The strong citrus scent leaves behind a fresh, clean aroma.
Repels InsectsFor a quick and easy insect repellant, mix 10 drops of lime essential oil into a spray bottle filled with water. You can spray this mixture around your kitchen to repel ants, or spray onto clothing to repel mosquitoes in the outdoors. If using cold-pressed oil, don’t spray directly onto the skin before sun exposure.
Removes StainsDue to its powerful abilities to cut through grease, lime essential oil is perfect for removing stains. It’s also especially effective at removing sticker residue. Be sure to patch test first to ensure that it doesn’t harm the material you’re using it on. If the patch test is fine, you can scrub the affected area with a few drops of undiluted oil on a cotton pad.
Flavors RecipesYou can use a drop of lime essential oil in almost any recipe that calls for a splash of citrus! It’s especially good in salsas, citrus desserts, or marinades for meats and vegetables. Since the essential oil is so concentrated, it’s recommended to start with half of a drop and add more to taste. To effectively disperse into the whole dish, mix the drop of oil into a lipid, such as olive or coconut oil first.
Storing Lime Essential OilUnfortunately, lime essential oil is one of the essential oils that last for the least amount of time. It is also especially prone to oxidation and use should be avoided if you suspect that it has oxidized. Lime essential oil commonly lasts between one to two years if stored correctly.
The three main factors that affect the quality of your essential oil are light, heat, and oxygen. Because of this, you shouldn’t keep the lid off of the bottle for extended periods of time. It’s recommended that you store your lime essential oil in the refrigerator to keep it away from heat and light. 6
So, how can you tell if your bottle of essential oil has oxidized? Luckily it’s easy to determine if your oil has gone bad. When you first open your bottle, become familiar with the scent. If the scent begins to disappear or seems "off," it’s a clue that the oil has oxidized. Oxidized oils can also cause adverse reactions when applied to the skin, so if you begin to experience redness, itching, or irritation, stop topical use immediately.
Oxidized oils shouldn’t be used topically, internally, or aromatically.
Safety and PrecautionsLime essential oil can typically be used topically, internally, and aromatically.
Even so, as previously mentioned, cold-pressed lime essential can be phototoxic, so extreme caution should be used when applying the oil topically. If applying directly onto the skin, it is best to avoid sun exposure for at least 12 hours to reduce the risk of skin problems.
Applying undiluted essential oils onto the skin can cause adverse reactions in those with sensitive skin. So, it’s always recommended to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil before applying it to the skin. You should also perform a patch test to ensure you don’t have any negative reactions before applying to larger areas. 7
As with any essential oil, you should always be sure that you are purchasing 100% organic oils for the best results. This is especially important when purchasing essential oils that you will be using internally. Because essential oils are concentrated, you should only add one or two drops to your water or recipes.
If you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding, it’s advised to avoid using all essential oils unless specifically directed by your doctor.
With a bit of caution, lime essential oil can be a versatile and beneficial part of your daily routine!
ConclusionThis popular, citrusy scent holds many beneficial factors that can help your body and mind, as well as provide many practical uses, such as disinfectant or bug repellent, around the house. Lime essential oil is one of the main ingredients in MONQ's personal aromatherapy diffuser, Sexy . Its blend of jasmine, patchouli, and lime can help you to feel a warmth of charisma and confidence.
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