Lime

Plant/part: Fruit/peel (source: asia, italy, west indies americas)

Latin name: Citrus aurantifolia

Family: Rutaceae

Note: Top

Extraction: Cold expression and steam distillation

Aroma: Rather sharp and bitter sweet.

Properties: May help to cool feverish conditions which accompany colds, sore throats and influenza. Eases coughs, congestion of the chest, catarrh and sinusitis. A tonic to the immune system and keeps infection down. Gives back energy after illness. A digestive stimulant, like most citrus oils, and may be useful to sufferers from anorexia since it encourages appetite by stimulating the digestive secretions. Said to treat the effects of alcoholism possibly because of its disinfecting and restorative properties. Reputedly helpful with rheumatic pain.

Chemical constituents: Linalool, terpineol (alcohols, citral) (aldehyde), linalyl acetate (ester), bergaptene (lactone), limonene pinene, sabinene, terpinoline (terpenes).

Precautions: Do not use lime on the skin in direct sunlight, however if the essential oil of lime is distilled rather that expressed, then it does not have a phototoxic effect. Dilute to 1% and use only 3 drops in a bath as it may cause irritation of the skin.

Blends: Clary sage, citronella, lavender, neroli and rosemary.