Latin name: Citrus aurantifolia
Source country: Most subtropical countries
Appearance: Clear to pale yellow thin liquid.
Aroma: Sharp, acerbic, mouth watering, pleasant.
Derivation: Lime oil is derived from the fruit. The lime rind is cold pressed to yield a
crude oil. For use in aromatherapy this oil is further distilled to remove the harmful
chemicals which can have a phototoxic effect on the skin. If not removed the oil will
bleach the skin.
Chemicals: The main constituents are citral, limonene, linalol, linalyl acetate. There
also other terpenoids such as pinenes, myrcene, terpineole, cineole, and small amounts of
geranyl acetate and neral acetate.
Uses: Lime oil is mainly used in the flavouring industry to spice up soft drinks. It is high
in vitamin C and was used by British sailors to ward off scurvy - hence the name
“Limeys”. It is used as a tonic and restorative oil, it is good for oily skins since it is an
astringent, and can be used in skin tonics.It can relieve a tired mind and give an uplift in
mood. It has been associated with relieving asthma and helping open the airways. In this
context use in an aromatherapy burner and inhale the vapours.
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Do not use undistilled lime
oil on the skin.