One of my most favourite oils, Lime Essential Oil is expressed from the fresh skin of the Citrus aurantifolia from the Rutaceae Family, also known as Citrus latifolia. Citrus oils have a lot in common with each other but also stand alone with their own unique properties.

Lime trees grow up to around 5 metres in height. The fruit is born from small white flowers. The fruit is bright green averaging around 5cm (2 inches) in diameter.

Lime Oil can be used as a food additive and in the perfume industry. It also has many internal and external healing and preventative uses. The fruit is a rich source of vitamin C amongst others.
Historically, The lime fruit was often carted on ships and used for the prevention of disease such as scurvy.

The Oil Extraction process
Certified Organic Lime Essential Oil is extracted from the fresh skin of Certified Organic Lime by cold expression or steam distillation. Lime oil is of a thin consistency and a greenie often slightly yellow or orange colour. The aroma is natural, much like a concentrated Lime skin.

Using the Essential Oil
Lime oil has many beneficial uses. Whether used as a treatment or prevention of illness and disease, in cooking or whether used for its naturally calming and refreshing smell, Lime Essential Oil should be included in all Aromatherapy kits.

The following is a brief summary of some of the benefits and possible uses for the use of Certified Organic Lime Oil in a home environment.

- Citrus oils such as lime is excellent for aiding the digestive system. You may find benefit from Lime Essential Oil if you suffer Heartburn, Ulcers, or stomach problems relating to digestive issues.
- Lime Oil may aid in the healing of cuts and abrasions, minor wounds, and boils. It may also be beneficial to the healing process of scars associated with these cuts and abrasions etc.
- Lime oil may relieve symptoms associated with Stress, Anxiety and Nervousness. It is ideal for use in a Vaporiser or Burner
- As an additive in lotion, Lime oil may assist in the treatment of acne and can be used as a general skin tonic. It can also help clean blocked pores, which may further prevent the formation of acne.
- Lime oil has also been used in the treatment of Stress, Anxiety and fatigue and may give a heightened awareness for decision making.
- Lime and Lemon Essential oil can also used to aid in relieving headaches and migraines.

Lime Oil, as with all Essential oils have many benefits and can aid in the prevention or healing of many complaints. Every individual is different. Some essential oils can be toxic. Some oils must never be ingested while others require limited exposure to the sun due to phototoxicity. Read the label and ask your supplier if you are in doubt of the safest use for any particular oil. Not just the one in this article.

Author's Bio: 

Eric J. Smith is an Experienced Horticulturalist with a keen interest in Organic Gardening. Eric's interest in Organics also shows in his interest in Organic Nutrition and Organic Skincare. More information can be found on these by visiting his websites or Subscribe to Eric's FREE Health and Organic Newsletters via these websites.