Lime essential oil is cold pressed/expressed or steam distilled from lime peels or rinds. The botanical name for the lime tree is Citrus aurantifolia. There is a difference between cold pressed or expressed lime oil and steam distilled lime oil.
Cold pressed lime essential oil is phototoxic. That means you could suffer a serious skin reaction if you go outdoors in the sun after using it. You can still use it, just wait at least six to eight hours before going outdoors or make sure you cover your skin.
This deliciously fragrant essential oil is used to treat viral infections, upper respiratory infections, inflammation and much more. It has antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, aperient, astringent, bactericidal, bronchodilatory, chemopreventive, cognitive, cytotoxic, disinfectant, febrifuge, hemostatic, insecticidal, restorative and tonic therapeutic properties.
1. Lower a Fever
Use lime essential oil to lower your fever. Its febrifuge therapeutic properties cause the body to sweat out toxins and reduce your temperature naturally. Simply add 1 to 2 drops of lime oil to your diffuser, along with about 1/4 cup of distilled water, and run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes.
2. Treat Upper Respiratory Infections
Dilute steam distilled lime essential oil in a carrier oil at a rate of 1 to 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage the mixture into the chest and throat to relieve chest congestion and fight the infection.
Practice lime essential oil aromatherapy, too. The antimicrobial, bactericidal, bronchodilatory and anti-inflammatory therapeutic benefits will help treat the infection and reduce inflammation within the airways.
3. Alleviate Sinus Infections
Use lime essential oil in the same way to get relief from sinus infections. You can also apply a 1% to 2% distilled lime EO/carrier oil blend on your face over your sinus cavities for relief.
If you are experience serious sinus pain due to an infection, add a few drops of ylang ylang essential oil along with the lime oil and apply that to your cheeks and forehead for fast relief. Ylang Ylang has powerful analgesic properties.
*Be careful not to get essential oils in your eyes or nose. They are very irritating to sensitive mucous membranes. Apply diluted essential oils no closer to the eye than the outer ridge of the eye socket.*
4. Prevent or Treat Viral Infections
Practice lime essential oil aromatherapy to treat or prevent viral infections like the flu or a cold. Its natural antiviral therapeutic properties will kill the germs. You can also use a 1% to 2% distilled lime oil/carrier oil blend as a hand sanitizer. It will kill the viruses before they can infect you. Any carrier oil can be used with lime oil.
5. Prevent or Treat Bacterial Infections
Apply a 2% to 3% steam distilled lime EO/carrier oil blend to wounds and sores to treat or prevent bacterial infections. Lime essential oil has been clinically proven to be effective for killing Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and other harmful bacteria.
It can be applied up to several times a day. You can use any carrier oil you like; however, babassu oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil have antibacterial properties. They would be ideal carrier oils for treating or preventing bacterial infections.
6. Speed the Healing of Mouth Sores
Gargle with 1 drop of steam distilled lime essential oil mixed into an 8-ounce glass of warm water to treat canker sores or mouth ulcers. Its antimicrobial properties will kill the germs and speed healing. You can swish and gargle with it several times a day. A 2% to 3% blend can be applied to cold sores to speed healing.
7. Alleviate Oral Thrush or Candida Infections
Use the steam distilled lime essential oil mouth wash to get rid of oral thrush. Lime oil kills the Candida albicans fungus that causes oral thrush. Use it several times a day.
*Place a drop of a 2% lime essential oil/carrier oil blend on an inconspicuous area of skin. Wait for at least a few hours to make sure you aren’t sensitive to it before using it topically on larg