One of the most powerful members of the citrus essential oil family, lime essential oil energises the spirit, cleanses the skin, and helps to relieve a whole host of minor health issues. With an uplifting aroma that adds positivity to any space, we wouldn’t have an aromatherapy collection without this zesty powerhouse.
Lime essential oil uses
It may be zingy, but there’s something sweet about the top note fragrance of lime essential oil, and it blends well with other oils. When added to a diffuser blend or a homemade room mist, lime oil helps to lift the spirit and energise a space. It’s a great scent for inspiring a positive outlook and embracing fresh starts.
Thanks to its powerful antibacterial elements, it is often applied topically to cuts and grazes. Many aromatherapists keep a bottle in their family first aid kit in case of bumps and scrapes. Pop a few drops of lime oil onto a cold flannel and apply to the wound (do not apply directly) to help promote healing and stop the spread of bacteria.
Lime’s antibacterial properties mean it can also help to fight the pesky pain caused by toothaches. Dilute a drop with water and use it as a natural mouthwash to help fight bacteria and relieve tooth and gum discomfort.
Lime essential oil is also great for our skin. To help combat skin problems such as acne, apply a little oil to the affected area at bedtime and let its healing powers work while you snooze. Just like lemon, lime oil is also used to liven up a tired complexion and balance an uneven skin tone. Just be careful not to expose your skin to sunlight after applying a citrus oil to your skin.
Lime essential oil benefits
Antiseptic properties make lime a handy essential oil to have on your side. If a viral infection strikes, it can be used to help treat the symptoms of the common cold and flu, measles and mumps. In fact, it’s worth diffusing lime essential oil throughout your home regularly to help cleanse the air from bacteria and keep illnesses at bay – especially during the winter.
There’s nothing worse than having lots to do and no energy to get started. Lime’s uplifting zingy scent has an energising effect on our minds, helping us to fight fatigue and get going. Try adding a few drops to a massage blend when you need to unwind and embrace a ‘can do’ outlook.
Lime’s benefits even extend to our hair. Thanks to its restorative powers, adding a few drops of lime essential oil to your favourite shampoo or conditioner can help to combat dandruff and leave your hair looking shiny.
Lime essential facts
|Botanical name||Citrus aurantifolia|
|Strength of aroma||Medium|
|Aromatic scent||Fresh, crisp and sweet|