MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Lime Essential Oil and what it can do for you

MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Lime Essential Oil and what it can do for you

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 one of these - Lime - and discuss what it can do for you

  • Botanical Name         Citrus aurantifolia
  • Aroma                         Fresh, citrus, sweet, sparkly
  • Aromatic Note           Top           
  • Uses                            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? The Happy Head Inhaler recipe: Inhalation is an excellent method of using essential oils, whether through steaming, diffusing or using an inhaler. Plus, an inhaler is convenient and quick to make: there are 2 ways of making the inhalers: to put the cotton insert into the inhaler and drop your oils directly onto the cotton, or to drop the oils into a bowl and soak the cotton into them (better if you want to adjust the aroma as you go). Andrea Butje recommends using around 15 drops of essential oils in total in an inhaler.

This 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
Treat yourself! If you like this oil then head over to Malavara and check out our Lime Vetiver range!


    How do I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely? an understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. Most people will never experience a negative reaction to essential oils but it can happen and there is nothing we can do to guarantee 100% safety. We have highlighted some guidelines to follow to help minimize the risk in a separate blog, but if you are regularly making your own blends for yourself, your family and others it is worth investing a copy of the “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents

    And another thing...Lime Essential Oil 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 precaution 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. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile (see key references section below) on this oil is recommended

    How can I learn more about Essential oils?

    • “The Heart of Aromatherapy” by my teacher and founder of the Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje
    • “Essential Oil Safety” Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2nd edition 2014
    • “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” Valerie Ann Worwood

    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



    Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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