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Lime Essential Oil

Limes Ready to Be Picked Lime Essential Oil

Lime Essential Oil is amongst the most affordable of essential oils and is routinely used for its energizing, fresh and cheerful aroma. It is well known in folklore for its ability to cleanse, purify and renew the spirit and the mind. It is also said to be effective in cleansing the aura.

Though it's not on my list of top therapeutic oils, Lime Oil is one that I would be disappointed to live without. Its sweet yet tart, citrusy aroma blends well with so many other oils. Its aroma is especially concentrated, and a little goes a very long way. With the exception of floral Neroli Essential Oil, cold pressed Lime Essential Oil is the most aromatically potent of the fruity citrus oils.

Including a few drops of Lime Essential Oil is a must when I create citrus blends for my diffuser or for when creating room mists.

Cold pressed Lime Essential Oil is phototoxic. Refer to the safety information mentioned below.

Botanical Name

Citrus aurantifolia

Common Method of Extraction

Cold Pressed/Expressed

Plant Part Typically Used

Citrus Rind (Peel)


Light Green With a Hint of Orange/Yellow



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Fresh, citrusy, sweet, slightly tart.

Lime Essential Oil 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.]

Major Constituents

Neryl acetate
Geranyl acetate

[B. Lawrence. Lime Oil (Perfumer & Flavorist 31, August/September 1987), 31, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 177.]

Safety Information

Cold pressed Lime Essential Oil is phototoxic. Steam distilled Lime Oil is not phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.7% for the cold pressed oil to avoid the risk of a phototoxic reaction. They precaution to avoid topical use of Lime Oil, regardless of method of distillation, if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87, 336-338.]

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Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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