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Lime Essential Oil


Lime is a well-known citrus fruit that produces a sweet, fresh essential oil. In aromatherapy, lime is known to boost emotions and is a great choice for assisting the immune system to fight off pathogens. Lime essential oil is also a great oil to use in household cleaners.

Name of Oil:  Lime

Latin Binomial:  Citrus aurantifolia

Extraction Method:  Cold pressed or steam

Countries of Origin:  Mexico, India, Persia, Palestine, Egypt, Europe, Peru, United States, South Africa

Scent Profile: Fresh, citrusy, sweet, slightly tart

Parts used in distillation:  Citrus rind

Oil Characteristics: Light green with hints of yellow or orange, thin, top note, medium intensity

Cultivation:  Conventional Farming


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Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Throat infections, influenza, digestive problems, lymphatic stimulant, fluid retention, cellulite, refreshing, uplifting, fatigue, tired mind, apathy, anxiety, depression, astringent, counteracts over production of sebum and acne.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Apathy, anxiety, depression and a tired mind.


Limes were introduced to Europe by theMoors and brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers inthe 16th century. Extensively used in flavoringfood and beverages and also used in men’s toiletries and perfumery

Chemical Constituents

a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene,limonene, y-terpinene, terpinolene, octanal, nonanal, decanal, undecanal,dodecanal, tridecanal, tetradecanal, pentadecanal, trans-a-bergaptene,caryophyllene, b-bisabolene, citral, neral, geranial, neryl acetate, geranylacetate, a-terpineol, linalool

Safety & References

Safety Data:

Distilled lime is non-toxic,non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. Cold-pressed lime is phototoxic.

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

Aromatherapy – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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