Natural Facts of Lime Essential Oil

Lime oil is extracted from Citrus aurantifolia and this belongs to the Rutaceae plant family. This is an evergreen tree which is short and bushy and it grows between 6 to 13 feet high. The tree has dark green leaves and wite flowers and green oval fruits. The major two types of lime trees are the Mexican lime or the key lime and the Tahiti lime or Persian or Bears lime. Lime is a native to Southeast Asia and later on it spread to Egypt and Africa. The largest producer of lime today is India, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. The fruit is pale yellow or light olive in colour and the oil extracted has a sharp citrus scent. In olden times sailors never ventured out into the sea without crates of lime on board because lime is loaded with vitamin C which is an effective remedy for scurvy and other skin diseases. Lime is widely used nowadays as a cooking ingredient and it adds a sharp and strong flavour to the dishes. Lime oil is used in food and beverage industries and also for making fragrances. The oil is added to household cleaners, detergents, soaps and other beauty products. Lime oil is an ideal immune system booster and helps you from colds and flu.

Nutritional Values of Grapes:

Limes and lime essential oil are full of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. Lime oil is loaded with terpene hydrocarbons, such as a-pinene, b-pinene, d-pinene, camphene, sabinene, and terponolene. It also contains oxygenated compounds like a-terpineol, 1, 8-cineole, 1, 4-cineole, linalool, and fenchol, and sesquiterpenes.  It also contains traces of neral acetate and geranyl acetate. Germacrene B, another component of lime oil, is an important fragrance element in lime oil, giving it a sweet, woody-spicy, geranium-like note that makes it distinguishable from lemon oil. The components geranial, neral, and linalool are dominant in lime essential oil, contributing to its fresh and citrus aroma. These components also contribute to the oil’s astringent, tonic, antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, restorative, stimulant, and other health-promoting properties. Lime oil can be inhaled or vaporized, used topically, or added to food in small amounts and it is non-toxic and non-irritating of used in limited or prescribed quantity.

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Green Limes Oil

Health Benefits of Lime essential oil:

There are many health benefits provided by “lime Essential Oil in Aromatherapy because it is stimulating and refreshing oil. Lime essential oil can relieve stress, exhaustion and anxiety and can calm you mind when used in vaporizers. It helps to boosts the immune system and can be added to bathwater. It is used for colds, cough, sinusitis, sore throat and chest congestion and for this you can mix a few drops of the oil with carrier oil and rubbed on the neck and chest. Lime essential oil works well for problems like rheumatism and arthritis and it also works for cellulite and varicose veins.  Lime essential oil is used for treating bleeding cuts and wounds and for acne and many other skin related problems. It helps to wash out impurities and also promotes the growth of new skin cells. The oil is effective against dandruff and makes the hair lively and soft. It is widely used to remove oil from the scalp and also for moisturizing scalp.

Infections: Lime essential oil helps cure both internal and external infections and it can help prevent wounds from being infected. It can cure infections of the colon, mouth, throat, intestines, stomach and urinary system.

Skin Care: Lime essential oil helps heal or relieve skin problems like sores, rashes, psoriasis, gangrene, open ulcers and carbuncles. It acts as a good tonic and tones up muscles, tissues and skin and various other parts in the body like respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and excretory systems. Lime essential oil helps retain youth for a long time and prevents the aging symptoms like hair loss, wrinkles, age spots and muscle weakness.

Respiratory Disorders: Lime essential oil helps treat bronchitis and it also effective against viral infections like flu, cough, mumps, measles and cold.

Detoxify the liver: The oil detoxifies the liver if taken internally and it also promotes liver health.

Emotional Benefits: Lime oil helps a person get out from under inactive energies like grief, apathy, despair and similar problems. The oil helps clearing tapped emotions and allows the person to open up. It is useful for people with low vibration emotions, fatigue, overwhelm and heavy heart and it boosts the person’s drive in fun, in a healthy and heart focused way.

Astringent: Lime essential oil is an astringent and it helps cure toothaches and strengthen the grip on the teeth and protect the teeth from falling out. It tightens the loose muscles and provides a feeling of firmness, fitness and youth.  It also helps cure diarrhoea and the oil has the ability to stop haemorrhaging by contracting the blood vessels.

Appetizer: In small quantities, Lime essential oil works as an appetizer or an aperitif. The oil triggers the secretion of digestive juices into the stomach and increases the hunger and appetite.

Bactericidal: Lime essential oil acts as an effective bactericide and can be used i treatment of food poisoning, typhoid, diarrhoea and cholera. The oil is also effective against internal bacterial infections like those in colon, stomach, intestines and urinary tract and also external infections like on the skin, ears, eyes and in wounds.

Febrifuge: Lime essential oil has antiallergenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrisant, fungicidal and antiseptic substances present in it which makes it an effective febrifuge. It helps cure the cause of fever and help reduce fever which accompanies infection due to wounds, liver malfunctions, pox, boils, allergies and arthritis.

Disinfectant: The disinfectant properties of lime essential oil are well known and when added to food it protects them from getting spoiled through microbe infection.  It cures microbial infection in the colon, urinary tracts, kidneys and genitals when consumed.

Caution: The lime essential oil may cause photosensitivity if exposed to direct sunlight after application of the oil and this happens in very rare cases.

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