Here is another small piece about a useful aromatherapy oil.
Essential oil of Lime

Citrus Aurantifolia.
Lime Oil comes from a small evergreen tree which grows up to 4.5m in height. It has small sharp stiff spines, smooth green leaves and white flowers. It commonly grows in Mexico but depending on the climate and its location it can affect the properties of the oil.

The oil is extracted by cold expression of the peel of the unripe fruit, or steam distillation of dried peels. Its oil is colourless to pale yellow/green.
Essential Lime oil is rich in Monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are the largest chemical family found in essential oils which provide antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and a decongestant property. It makes it useful in preparations in oily and/ or acne prone skin and as an antiseptic. They are not viscous, evaporate quickly and have a strong aroma. They are usually a top note and have a shorter shelf life.
It can be used in a diffuser as to help lift mood, possibly guard against viral illness and ads a steam inhalation to ease respiration following a cold or viral illness

It can be used to aid wound healing as a compress or mixed with a carrier oil such as Coconut or Jojoba. It is also good for oral health and works well with Clove oil
If applied to the skin, at least 24 hours should elapse before exposure to the sun as this may increase photosensitivity, this is true of all citrus oils and therefore may be not appropriate to use on face or in sunny weather.

It is vital to check with safety data to ensure it is safe to use during pregnancy, with children and those under GP care prior to use
It blends well Jojoba, Sweet Almond and Peach Kernel oils, Mandarin, Ginger and Lavender (Tisserand) Clary Sage, Lavender and Neroli.

Chemical components of essential oils – Jenni Broughton (
https://www.tisserandinstitute .org


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