Fruity and refreshing, limes have been a kitchen staple for centuries. It is believed that limes were first introduced to the Americas by 16th century Portuguese navigators. The lime soon became a favorite fruit, both for its therapeutic value and taste. Traditionally, lime has been used as a remedy for indigestion, heartburn, and nausea. It also has cooling effects on fevers, and can help ease coughs and various respiratory disorders. Lime oil is also useful as part of a beauty regimen, as its astringic properties help clear oily skin and acne. Plus, because lime oil also promotes good circulation, it is often used to help relieve varicose veins. Last but not least, lime oil has a wonderfully uplifting scent, with the power to uplift and re-energize the spirit.
Acne, arthritis, cellulite, chest congestion, colds, coughs, cuts, deodorant, depression, disinfectant, exhaustion, fevers, general cleaning, immune system tonic, listlessness, nail growth, rheumatism, sinusitis, sore throats, varicose veins and wounds.
Essential Oil Applications:
For acne, mix 2-3 drops of oil in 1 ounce of water. Mix well, then place on cotton ball. Gently apply to affected area. Can also be used as a toner for oily skin.
For arthritis and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected area.
For bleeding cuts and wounds, use 2-3 drops of oil in a cold compress. For cellulite, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage on affected area regularly.
For chest congestion, colds, coughs, sinusitis, and sore throats, use 2- 3 drops in a steam inhalation. Can also be added to a carrier oil and rubbed on chest and neck.
To alleviate depression, exhaustion, and listlessness, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can use 8-10 drops in bath water.
As a deodorant, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of water. Dab on with a cotton ball. For extra deodorant protection in bath, put unscented shower gel in palm of hand, mix in a drop or two of oil, and shower as normal.
As a disinfectant, add 5-6 drops in a quart-sized spray bottle of water. Shake well before using. Refresh weekly.
To cool fever, use 2-3 drops in a cold compress.
After an illness, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or steam inhalation as a tonic for the immune system. Continue use for 2-3 days.
To promote nail growth, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of almond oil and massage into cuticles.
While cleaning refrigerator, freezer, or oven, add 2-3 drops to rinse water to wipe away greasy residue and for extra freshness.
For varicose veins, mix 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on affected area.
Mixes Well With:
Cold expression or steam distillation.
Peel of unripe fruit (cold expression), whole ripe crushed fruit (steam distillation).
May cause photosensitivity in strong sunlight; use in moderation.