Essential Oils - Lime

Smelling a lime can produce that tight feeling in the back of your jaw in anticipation of the sourness that accompanies tasting it. Many of us in the US are accustomed to sour limes so it may come as a surprise to learn that some varieties of limes taste sweet. Sweet limes, or Palestine sweet limes, are found in India, the Mediterranean and tropical parts of the Americas. My favorite variety is the Kaffir (Kieffer) lime the leaf of which is used in cooking Thai dishes. The leaves are inedible and removed prior to plating, however, they infuse a distinct lime fragrance and flavor that is simply amazing. If you want to experience such a dish, I recommend you try the Panang curry. 

Name of Oil: Lime
Latin Name: Citrus aurantifolia
Areas of Origin: Asia, Italy, West Indies, America
Historical Use: Limes were consumed to prevent scurvy.  
General Growth, Habitat: Lime trees grow to 15’ and have smooth green leaves, stiff, sharp spines and small, white flowers.
Parts Used in Distillation: Citrus rind/peel
Scent: Citrusy, fresh, sweet, tart
Uses: Colds, sore throat, asthma, depression, stimulate and refresh the mind.
Emotional Use: Uplifting and improves concentration.
Safety: Phototoxic; do not apply prior to being outdoors in the sun. 

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add a few drops of lime to a diffuser to uplift a negative mood; or use to freshen a room
  • Add a few drops of lime to a bowl of steaming water and inhale it to relieve a cough, cold, sinusitis or chest congestion
  • Add a few drops of lime to a diffuser to repel mosquitoes and ants

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.


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