Limes are amazing little powerhouses of health benefits, that can also be used in cleaning, freshening up the air, cooking and more. And just as the lime fruit, there are many lime essential oil uses and benefits.
Just like tangerine and lemon oils, lime essential oil (Citrus Aurantifolia) has a strong citrus aroma that’s stimulating and refreshing, so it’s great for making cleaning supplies. Use it to clean and disinfect counter tops, to remove grease from your stove and to remove sticky messes such as chewing gum and stickers.
Put it in a diffuser to repel insects, especially mosquitoes or you can make your own bug repellent. Many soaps and detergents also use lime oil as an active ingredient but that’s not all! It has many health benefits, too.
Lime Essential Oil Uses & Benefits for Health
Lime essential oil is a great source of good bacteria and it’s rich in vitamin C so many people use it to give their immune system a boost. A healthy immune system can help your body fight off cold and flu viruses and other infectious diseases. It may help reduce fevers in some people and you can use it to treat external infections such dermatitis, psoriasis and similar skin conditions.
Lime oil is a haemostatic because it can contract blood vessels, which may help reduce hemorrhaging. It’s also great for treating respiratory problems such as sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis because it helps clear up the mucus and congestion that makes it hard to breathe. Use lime oil topically mixed with carrier oil to clean and disinfect cuts, scrapes and similar wounds.
Having a toothache is no fun but lime oil can help ease your pain. It may also help protect your teeth by strengthening the gums around them making them stronger. You can even use it to increase your appetite if you’re suffering from nausea or any other problems that keep you from maintaining a healthy weight. Here are two more ways to use lime essential oil.
Use Lime Oil to Enhance Your Mood and for Personal Hygiene
Lime oil has calming and sedative properties that help relieve stress, anxiety and depression in some people. It may help you get rid of angry feelings because it makes you feel more alert and energized while calming your mind and body.
Personal hygiene includes taking care of your hair and skin and lime oil can help in this area, too. When used as a shampoo it can strengthen your hair, eliminate dandruff, moisturize your scalp and revitalize dull, lifeless hair. It’s also great for getting rid of lice and reducing your risks of being re-infected.
Lime has restorative and tonic properties that can help tone muscles and improve organ functions. It’s used in many homemade lotions, creams and body scrubs to make your skin smoother and healthier looking. It may even help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and age spots to keep your skin looking young and vibrant.
The following essential oils blend well with lime oil:
- Clary Sage
- Juniper Berry
Use caution and follow all safety guidelines when using or blending essential oils.
Safety Tips and Precautions
Lime oil may irritate your skin so do a spot test before using, especially on young kids. Always mix with carrier oils to prevent allergic reactions and keep the oil away from your eyes, ears and nose. Do not go out in the sun for at least 12 hours after applying lime oil to your skin because it could cause photo-sensitivity.
Lime essential oil has many uses and health benefits. You can cook with it, clean with it and even use it to help keep your skin young and healthy looking.