Lime Oil

Lime Oil

What is Lime Oil?

In days when sailing and sea travel were prominent, seamen never lifted anchor without crates of lime aboard. It was used for the treatment of diseases common to them such as scurvy, and as a refreshing juicy fruit. That refreshing goodness is still available today but only in a better and more effective form; lime oil. The lime tree is evergreen (how could it not be??) and grows in warm, temperate areas. There 2 main species of the lime tree; key lime, and Persian lime. Lime oil is extracted in 2 different ways as well, either by cold-pressing of its rinds (peels), which will give it a yellow or green color with a slightly citric aroma or by distillation, which gives it a pale yellow or clear color with a fresh fruity scent.

Properties

The common form of the essential oil used is the cold-pressed form. It has a thin consistency, a citrus-like aroma that is refreshing and uplifting. The oil is loaded with high vitamin c content, terpenes such as pinene compounds and terpinolene, limonene (it’s a citrus, just had to be there), Linalool, sesquiterpenes, terpineol, and even eucalyptol, amongst others. Its components give lime oil very potent antioxidant properties as well as antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, astringent, antidepressant properties. It is a must-have in the home remedy kit and a personal hygiene kit.

Precautions

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • It is irritating to eyes and other sensitive areas of the body, should be handled with care.
  • A pregnant woman should first seek medical advice before use.

Benefits

Antiseptic

In need of a natural antiviral? Or antiseptic? Lime oil has antiseptic properties which make it very useful for treating skin infections such as psoriasis and rash. It can also disinfect cuts and wounds. It has also been found effective in treating our common viral infections such as flu, bronchitis, cough, mumps, and measles, due to its antiviral properties.

Oral clinic

Your oral hygiene is rested assured will get a huge boost with this oily friend thrown into your mix of care products. Eucalyptol which is present in lime oil is a prominent and ever-present component in mouthwash solutions, it is an antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial agent which also fights halitosis (bad breath) and oral thrush (candida infections). Along with its astringent properties, this oil will leave your gums stronger and your mouth a whole lot fresher and brighter, giving you all the oral confidence you can ever need.

The power of youth! Make your refreshing dynamic entry

Your skin will rarely look this fresh, smooth, firm and beautifully toned without this oil. You'll age with grace and wonderful skin. Lime oil is a powerful antioxidant, which fights off free radicals that damage your skin. It also has astringent properties which will leave your skin feeling firm and smooth. Its high vitamin c content, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties mean that skin conditions such as acne, eczema, dry skin, and even oily skin are mere trifles.

Rest easy, keep calm and be serene

Known for its antidepressant properties, lime oil is the perfect aromatherapy solution to make you feel at ease and vent out bad moods. Its refreshing uplifting aroma whiffing in the air is sure to leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and full of positive vibrations.

Cool off

Lime oil can act as a febrifuge, effectively reducing fever which is a symptom of infections such as cold, flu, or wounds. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help reduce and cure headaches.

Clean, preserve, season

Need a purifier, or a handy disinfectant for your home surfaces? Lime oil is an effective purifier and also leaves the air fresh and welcoming with its invigorating fragrance Lime oil can also be used in the kitchen for your meals, it is good flavoring and can instantly liven your recipe with it sweet, tart flavor.

Side effects

  • For all its goodness, exposing yourself to sunlight shortly after applying lime oil will make you regret and forget all its kindness to your skin. Lime oil is phototoxic and speeds up burning in sunlight or up rays. You should stay for at least 12 to 24 hours without direct sunlight exposure after applying the oil.
  • The oil may be irritating to sensitive skin.