“Anyone for that matter would admire L…I…M…E as the fruit of Lasting Impression with Motherly Embrace.”
Botanical name: Citrus latifolia Tanaka
Source: Lime peels
Undoubtedly Lime is such an adorable kitchen staple for more than thousands of years and its essential oil seldom falls short to heal our mind and body with its numinous aroma.
It can be named as an effective anti-blue fruit and oil for its ability to pacify your mood at times of depression and all kinds of blues including postpartum blues. The essential oil extracted from lime has a sweet and stimulating aroma that works to heighten the nervous system. Lime essential oil is obtained from the peel of lime through a process called cold compression.
It has a stimulating and invigorating effect and the pleasing aroma of lime is effective in inducing clarity in thoughts and, at the same time, it promotes creativity. Currently, lime is popular across the globe for its ability to assist in sustaining a healthy immune system. Internal use of lime essential oil is said to offer antioxidant support, in addition to helping in weight management. Applying lime essential oil onto the skin may also aid in keeping the skin healthy.
Historical importance of Lime and its essential oil:
Lime has been a vital part of the folklore medicine for cleansing the system and revitalizing the mind. Aura is the life force or vital energy of any living thing and is called by different names in various healing systems. It is known as ‘prana’ in Ayurveda and ‘qi’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Lime is a powerful ancient remedy for cleansing the aura and restoring confidence. Lime is indigenous to Asia and is now cultivated in numerous countries like America, West Indies and Italy. This evergreen tree bears white flowers and glittering green fruits.
Lime juice is widely known as a remedy for treating scurvy and it has been said that the ancient British sailors used it to prevent scurvy and other skin problems due to its rich Vitamin C content. Ships used for transporting Lime were adorably called as ‘lime juicers’.
The leaves of the Lime tree were used in the prehistoric period for treating poisonous bites and swellings. Apart from its medicinal uses Lime has been used in making pickles, sauces, desserts, jams, confectionaries, sorbets, marmalades, beverages, squashes, perfumes, household cleaners, detergents, soaps, cosmetics and other beauty products.
Health Benefits of Lime Oil:
1. Supports healthy hair:
Lime is one among the best essential oils for treating dull, oily, lifeless, rough, frizzy and greasy hair. This oil has a handful of essential nutrients that nourish the scalp and add natural shine to your hair.
Oily and greasy hair are the most prominent reasons for inviting dandruff as these types of hair attract dust and dirt very easily. Lime removes oil quickly and moisturizes the scalp from within, helping you to get rid of dandruff, dry and itchy scalp. Indian healthcare practitioners consider Lime oil as a traditional hair conditioner. Add 2 drops of Lime essential oil along with your shampoo or conditioner before applying on hair.
2. Clears acne and cures numerous skin problems:
Acne is a burning skin problem among teenagers all over the world and it is said that about 85% of the global populace are affected by acne at some point of their life. It occurs mainly due to the excess secretion of oil by the sebaceous glands rooted deeply in the skin surface. This excess oil blocks the glands and cause bacterial growth and inflammation leading to boils, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and pustules that are collectively known as acne.
3. Promotes digestion:
Lime and its essential oil have stomachic properties and it naturally promotes the secretion of bile and other gastric juices. This helps in supporting the regular digestion process and enhances your appetite. Being a good laxative, this oil is also effective in treating nausea, dyspepsia and flatulence. The anthelmintic properties of Lime essential oil treat diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, exhaustion and abdominal pain. It also aids in controlling thirst.
4. Treats fever and respiratory infections:
Lime essential oil has febrifuge properties that assist in controlling your body temprature. Massaging your body or your foot soles with 3 drops of Lime oil blended with 20 to 25 drops of coconut oil or 3 drops added to cold compress can reduce your fever gradually by detoxifying your system and eliminating the harmful toxins and fever causing infections through sweat.
The antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, immune stimulant and tonic properties of Lime oil aid in fighting against microbes causing cold and fever, strengthening the immune power, combating the growth of detrimental micro-organisms and making the body resistant against infections. 2 drops of Lime essential oil added to steam inhalation can help in treating cold, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, cough, sore throat, asthma and other similar respiratory infections.
5. Acts as a tonic to the mind and body:
Lime has a divine aroma that is refreshing, rejuvenating, revitalizing, strengthening, uplifting and calming in nature. It helps in purifying the aura and strengthening the heart chakra responsible for love for others and self.
Adding 2 drops of Lime oil to your vaporizer, diffuser, burner or aromatic lamps can help in improving your concentration power and your immunity. This is mainly because of the tonic and restorative properties of Lime oil that helps you regain the lost energy of the mind and body due to diseases or emotional breakups.
Blends well with
- clary sage
- aging symptoms (hair loss, wrinkles, age spots, and muscle weakness)
- bacterial infections
- colon infections
- ear infections
- eye infections
- food poisoning
- immune system
- infection of intestines
- liver malfunctions
- mouth infections
- skin infection
- sore throat
- stomach infections
- throat infections
- weight management
- urinary tract infections
- viral infections
While lime essential oil offers several health benefits, as with other essential oils, it should also be used very cautiously. First and foremost, you should always keep this essential oil in a place that is beyond the reach of children. Pregnant women, nursing mothers, people enduring any medical condition or taking specific medications ought to consult their physician or healthcare professional before using lime essential oil. It is also advisable that this oil should not be applied to areas that are often exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods or ultra-violet (UV) rays. People using lime essential oil should necessarily stay away from being exposed to direct sunlight or ultra-violet rays for about 24 hours after applying it onto their skin.