Pure lime oil (Citrus aurantifolia) is created by cold-pressing the peel of a lime or by steam distillation of its dried peels. This evergreen tree is short, bushy, and can grow between 6-13 feet high. It has dark green leaves, white blossoms and green oval fruits. The Lime tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia, Egypt, and Africa, and is now grown in warm climates around the world. Pure lime oil has a citrus scent, and can be pale yellow or light olive in color depending on how it was produced.
It is composed of compounds like alpha pinene, beta pinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, cineole, linalool, borneol, citral, neral acetate, and geranyl acetate. This essential oil is commonly used to support your digestive system, boost your immune system, and help with respiratory function. Besides those great uses, pure lime oil is great for cooking and cleaning! And when I say cleaning, I mean like everything, stained baking sheets, pans, removing rust from objects, etc.
Pure Lime oil is full of health benefits that can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, antibacterial, disinfectant, restorative, and a tonic substance. Let’s take a closer look at these awesome benefits:
Uses for Lime Essential Oil
1. Minor Cuts and Burns
Lime essential oil has antiseptic properties that can help to cure infections and protect against their development. For any minor cuts or burns apply the oil directly to the wound to help protect the body against any infections.
2. Infections (prevent or treat bacterial and viral)
Since it is an antiallergenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrizing, fungicidal, and antiseptic substance, lime oil can help to cure the cause of fever and eventually reduce the fever. If you are starting to feel ill, add a couple of drops of lime oil to tea or water to help with an infection in the throat, colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary system. Pure lime oil can be taken internally as well, but be sure to read the manufacturers labels about serving sizes before doing so. Pure lime oil can fight and protect against viral infections which may cause the common cold, mumps, measles, pox, etc. I like to add this oil to my tea when I feel a cold and cough coming on. This oil can be used to fight against any illness caused by bacteria.
3. Oral aches and infections
This oil is an astringent, so it helps to cure toothaches and reduce the amount of pain you are in. Pure lime oil strengthens the teeth and gums, tightening any loose muscles in your mouth. You can either add a drop of lime oil to your toothbrush when you brush or add a drop or two to a cotton swab and apply to the affected area. For oral thrush, use a steam distilled lime essential oil mouth wash. Lime oil kills the candida fungus that causes oral thrush.
Lime oil is also known for its disinfectant properties. It is an amazing oil to add to your cleaning supplies! To remove grease spots and rust, put some pure lime oil on a cotton pad and rub in a circle motion on the area you want to clean. For air purification add a couple of drops to a diffuser to cleanse the air and uplift your mood.
5. Restores Health
This oil serves as a restorative by restoring health and strength to organ systems throughout the body. This is very good for those who are recovering after illness or injury. Just add a few drops of pure lime oil to your water or tea to help your body heal.
6. Prevents Signs of Aging
The properties in pure lime oil can be used to tone muscles, tissues, and skin. This helps to prevents the appearance of aging symptoms like hair loss, wrinkles, age spots, and muscle weakness. To do this, mix a couple drops of pure lime oil with a carrier oil (Coconut Oil, Olive oil, or jojoba oil) and dab on your face lightly with this mixture 2 times a day. Or try out this DIY Face Lotion Recipe.
7. Emotional Benefits
The sweet smell from pure lime oil can definitely uplift anyone’s spirit even if your depressed, feeling lost, fatigue, grieving. Lime oil can be helpful as an antidepressant because of the uplifting quality of citrus oils. To get the amazing benefits from lime oil, diffuse a couple of drops of at home, work, or even in the car (using a diffuser specifically for vehicles).
8. Muscle Pain
Since lime oil is an antarthritic substance, it can reduce pain in the muscles and joints. Mix a couple of drops of lime essential oil with 1 or 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil (Coconut Oil, Olive oil, or jojoba oil). Massage the sore area with this blend a couple of times a day. It has been clinically proven to stop muscle spasms.
For any digestion issues, try making a blend of lime oil with 1 or 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil (Coconut Oil, Olive oil, or jojoba oil). This blend gets the production of bile and enhances the digestive process.
Warning: As with all citrus oils, avoid direct sunlight at least 12 hours after use. Can cause skin irritation in some people, especially children. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
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