Our signature Lime Vetiver fragrance blends 10 incredible essential oils to create notes that are rich with the heritage of India. Here we look in-depth at Lime essential oil and discuss its uses and benefits!
Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia
Aroma: Fresh, citrus, sweet, sparkly
Aromatic Note: Top
Benefits: Fights infection + congestion, supports respiratory and digestive system, promotes emotional balance + wellbeing
Did you know? Often overshadowed by the Lemon, Lime has loads to offer and given it is concentrated, you only need to use a little at a time. Like most citrus fruits, the essential oil is extracted by either cold compression of the fresh peel, or steam distillation of dried peels.
What is Lime Essential Oil used for? Medicinally, Lime essential oil is an astringent, antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial but is possibly most effective for the aromatic influence that is has.
Will I like it? Aromatically, the sweet, citrusy aroma blends well with many other oils. Emotionally the oil is one of the most energizing, refreshing and invigorating fragrances, both for spirit and the mind. It is said to be effective in cleansing the aura and is used in chakra balancing.
How can I use it? Inhalation is an excellent method of using essential oils, whether through steaming, diffusing or using an inhaler. Andrea Butje recommends using around 15 drops of essential oils in total in an inhaler, and this Happy Head Inhaler recipe is one for the mornings to help clear congestion and feel invigorated. Combine these drops of essential oils:
- 5 drops lime
- 5 drops tea tree
- 3 drops lavender
- 2 drops peppermint
How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely? An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. You should check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for tips and resources on the safe use of essential oils! If you are regularly making blends for yourself and others, it is worth investing in Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents.
Safety Information: Cold pressed Lime Essential Oil is phototoxic whereas steam distilled Lime Oil is not phototoxic. Aromatherapy experts Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.7% for the cold pressed oil to avoid the risk of a phototoxic reaction. They caution to avoid topical use of Lime Oil, regardless of method of distillation, if it has oxidized. Unfortunately, lime essential oil is one of the essential oils that last for the least amount of time. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile on this oil for the complete breakdown.
Before you go, make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for important guidelines on the safe use of essential oils!
Disclaimer: Before you make any recipe, check the shelf lives of your ingredients and any safety concerns for the essential oils. These blend suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition and should be used on the understanding that Malavara accepts no responsibility for any adverse reactions caused as a result of following these recipes.