Hidden Secrets of Lime Oil & the Lime Plant

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Botanical name (Latin): Citrus aurantifolia
Plant family: Rutaceae
Aroma profile: Lime Essential Oil smells fresh, citrusy, sweet and slightly tart.
Perfumery note: Top
Essential oil extraction method: Cold Pressed/Expressed
Native region/origin
: India
Growing habit: Round or oval in shape, ranging from 1 to 2 inches in diameter, and most often have a green outer skin
Parts used: Citrus Rind (Peel)

Benefits of Lime Essential Oil

The Lime Essential Oil's active chemical components contribute to its reputed benefits of being invigorating, cleansing, and purifying oil. These constituents make it ideal for use in cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, and home cleaning products to purify the air as well as surfaces. These healing benefits can be attributed to the oil's anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, antiseptic, soothing, energizing, and balancing activities, among other valuable properties.

The bright scent of the oil, similar to other citrus oils like orange and lemon, has an uplifting quality that helps alleviate stress and leaves you energized. Additionally, the Lime Essential Oil has cleansing properties that work as a surface cleaner and to remove grease spots, leaving behind a fresh, citrusy scent.

History of Lime Essential Oil

There are several species of citrus trees that produce lime fruits. That includes the key lime (Citrus Aurantiifolia) and the Persian/Tahitian lime (Citrus Latifolia Tanaka) trees. They are grown year-round. Most species and hybrids have varying origins within the tropical pockets of Southeast Asia and South Asia. The lime was introduced throughout the world through migration and trade. The lime was one of the earliest citrus fruits that spread to other parts of the world around 3000 years ago. They also later spread into Middle East, and the Mediterranean region via the spice trade and the incense trade routes around 1200 years ago.

Although there are other citrus species that are referred to as limes, the Persian / Tahitian lime and the Key Lime are the most widely cultivated lime species commercially. These limes account for the largest share of the citrus fruits sold. Universally sold while still green, the fruit turns yellow as it ripens. The lime tree is a medium-sized lush, evergreen tree, grown on rootstocks. Lime trees produce the fruits in 3-month cycles; hence it is common to find its sharply scented flowers, buds, and mature fruit all on the same tree.

The juice of the lime is used extensively in the food and beverage industry for its refreshing and zesty flavor. In aromatherapy, the diluted lime oil has its uses in topical applications as well as when ingested. In natural perfumery, the lime oil is a top note in eau de colognes, chypres or florals. It was also used to treat scurvy among the British naval soldiers, later found out to be a result of their high vitamin-C content.

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