Suggested Uses for Lime Essential Oil

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.

Therapeutic uses:

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:

Basilbergamot, citronellaclary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop,jasminejuniperlavender, neroli, nutmeg, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, tangerine and ylang ylang.

Extraction Method:

Cold expression or steam distillation.

Parts Used:

Peel of unripe fruit (cold expression), whole ripe crushed fruit (steam distillation).

Safety Information:

May cause photosensitivity in strong sunlight; use in moderation.

More Info:

The Power of Aromatherapy
Getting Started with Aromatherapy
The Choosing, Blending and the Caring of Your Essential Oilss

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5 Comments

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5 Responses to Suggested Uses for Lime Essential Oil

  1. Lime is so widely used in the world of seafood. I have a lime tree in my back yard, I often have one fresh lime at my desk. During busy business hours I squeeze and smell the lime and feel refreshed, energized. Thanks for sharing this article. Very helpful.

  2. Rebecca

    Please don’t use lime oil on your face. It makes your skin photosensitive, so you’ll burn even faster. Neem oil is much better, but it sure is stinky!

  3. Arlene

    I’ve been trying to find out why the EWG.org website has conflicting information about Lime Essential Oil. On one hand it says it is unsafe in cosmetics and on the other hand it says it is not harmful. So which is it?

    • abbyiherb

      We’re sorry, but we don’t know the answer to your question. :( It looks like you’ll have to do more research.

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