Lime Oil

Lime is a hybrid citrus fruit, scientifically known as Citrus aurantifolia, belongs to Rutaceae family (citrus family). Lime is a evergreen tree which is typically round, lime green and having 3-6 centimeter in diameter & growing between 6 to 13 feet in height containing acidic juices a vesicles. Lime tree is short, bushy and has dark green leaves with white blossoms and green oval fruit . It is native to Southeast Asia and also cultivated in Egypt, Asia etc. Lime oil stimulates refreshing properties.

Extraction-
Lime oil is extracted from fresh or dried peel of lime either by cold pressing or by steam distillation method.

Properties-
Lime oil is either pale yellow or light olive in colour, sharp citrus smell and very sweet, fresh & tart.

Blending-
Lime oil is blends with citronella, clary sage, rosemary, lavender, neroli and ylang ylang oils.

Composition-
It is composed of α-pinene, β-pinene, myrecene, limonene, terpinolene, cineole, linalool, borneol, citral, neral acetate and geranyl acetate.

Uses-

  • Lime oil is used as ingredient in pickles, jams, marmalades, sauces, squash, sorbets, desserts, beverages, cosmetics and other industrial products.
  • It helps boost immune system.
  • It is also used as vaporizer as it can relieve stress, exhaustion and anxiety or calm mind.
  • It is used for treatment of bleeding, cut and wounds as it promotes the coagulation of blood or contracting blood vessels so it can stop bleeding.
  • It is used to wash out impurities and promote growth of new skin cells.
  • It is used for treatment of rheumatism and arthritis.
  • It is also used in making fragrance.
  • It is used for household cleaners, detergents, soaps and other beauty products.
  • It is used to remove grease spots and stickers residues on the surfaces.
  • It is used as preservative as it prevent fruits from turning brown or spoil.
  • It is used in add flavor to citrus infused dishes.
  • It helps in cure of infections of throat, colon, mouth, intestine, stomach and urinary system.
  • It is used to heal or relieve skin sores, rashes, psoriasis, gangrene, open ulcers and carbuncles.
  • Being an astringent, it cures toothaches, promotes good oral health and also protects teeth from falling out.
  • It is used to relieve respiratory issues as it can treat bronchitis, effective against viral infections like flu, cough, cold, mumps and measles.
  • It is also used as face scrub as it revitalize the skin.
  • It contains antioxidant as it can reduce dark spots due to aging.
  • It is also used in insect repellant.
  • It is antibacterial in nature so it helps in killings of bacteria that cause diarrhea, food poisoning, cholera and typhoid.
  • It is used to tighten loose muscles and gives firmness, fitness and youth feelings.
  • It is used to detoxify liver.
  • As it stimulate refreshing properties so used to focus, mental clarity and uplifting energies.

Safety and Precautions-
Avoid using in direct sunlight because lime oil is photosensitive so it can cause skin irritation and dark pigmentation. Excessive use of oil can cause skin sensitization.

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