Strength of Initial Aroma: medium
Common Uses: Lime essential oil has a crisp, refreshing citrus scent that has been used by aromatherapists for its uplifting and revitalizing properties. It can also act as an astringent on skin where it is reputed to help clear oily skin. Antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aperitif, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, febrifuge, restorative, tonic.
Possible Uses: Acne, asthma, chilblains, colds, dull skin, flu, varicose veins. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-66.]
Constituents: a-pinene, B-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, y-terpinene, terpinolene, octanal, nonanal, tetradecanal, pentadecanal, trans-a-bergaptene, caryophyllene, B-bisabolene, geranial, neryl acetate, geranyl acetate, a-terpineo, linalool. [B. Lawrence, "Lime Oil," Perfumer & Flavorist, August/September 1987, 31, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 177.]
α -pinene, ß-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, γ-terpinene, neryl acetate, terpinolene, geranial, trans- α -bergaptene, caryophyllene, ß-bisabolene, geranyl acetate, α-terpineol, linalool.
Typcica ranges: Limonene: 42.5 – 50.3 %, γ-Terpinene: 0 – 15 %, ß-Pinene: 0.4 – 18.2 %, Terpinolene: 0 – 7.5 %, α-Terpineol: 0 – 7.2 %, Aldehyde (Citral % w/w) 0.68 (GC)
Safety Information: Phototoxic. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 208.] Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity.
Cautions: Cold Pressed Lime essential oil is phototoxic. Users should avoid direct sunlight after application.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body.
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