Essential Oil of Lime (Citrus medica/aurantifolia)


Family: Rutaceae

Origin: Originally from Asia and now cultivated in most warm countries, especially Italy, the West Indies, and the Americas

Plant description: An evergreen tree growing up to 15 feet high with smooth, green leaves, stiff sharp spines and small white flowers.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Fruit rind or peel

Extraction method: Steam distillation of rind or expression of the peel

Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, 1,8-ceneole, linalool, borneol, citral and traces of neral acetate and geranyl acetate.

PRECAUTIONS: May cause photosensitivity in presence of strong sunlight and irritate sensitive skin. Do not use in bath water as it may cause skin irritation.

PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, discinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative and tonic.



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Reputedly helpful with rheumatic pain and arthritis.

Digestive: A digestive stimulant that may be useful to sufferers of anorexia since it encourages appetite by stimulating digestive secretions.

Immune System: May help to cool feverish conditions which accompany colds, sore throats and influenza. A tonic to the immune system and keeps infection down. Gives back energy after illness. Enhances the body’s healing capacity and vitality during cold and flu season.

Mental/Emotional: Very activating and stimulating especially where there is apathy, anxiety and depression. Refreshing and uplifting to a tired mind.

Respiratory system: Eases coughs, congestion of the chest, catarrh and sinusitis.

Skin care: A tonic for the skin that clears oil and acne and also helps with herpes, insect bites and cuts. Assists in smoothing adipose tissue.


About this essential oil:

Ships transporting it were called ‘lime juicers’ and shippers depended on it to prevent scurvy.

Which Faith Aromatherapy Products can I find this oil in?


  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar



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