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LIME (Citrus aurantifolia) – Essential Oil Profile

Posted by Jessica Grill on

Want to “get BLENDING” with COOLING Lime essential oil? Who wouldn’t? It’s sharp citrus aroma smells like candy and resonates SUMMER TIME!Lime Essential Oil

Lime is…

  • Emotionally uplifting
  • Cooling (helps with redness and swelling)
  • Astringent (for oily skin, and fluid reduction – swelling)
  • Cold/Flu Remedy (contains small % of oxides for respiratory relief)


Lime consists of almost 50% d-limonene, a smaller molecule (Monoterpene) that enhances the absorption rate of a topical blend. Similar to other citrus peel oils, It is emotionally uplifting, increases circulation when topically applied, and is a natural airborne deodorizer.

Unlike other citrus oils, Lime stands out on it’s own because it contains a small amount of Oxide molecules, making it a good addition to cold and flu blends. Adding it to a chest rub will help the blend absorb faster, but also contribute to respiratory health at the same time. Our Lime is steam distilled, which means that it is NOT PHOTOTOXIC and makes it ideal for use in skin care products (lotions, lip balms, etc.) It also consists of some Monoterpenols, a chemical family of skin-friendly molecules.

WHAT IS PHOTOTOXICITY? This is a huge topic all by itself that I will go into more detail about later, but for now you should know that most cold pressed citrus oils will make skin more susceptible to sunburn when exposed to both natural or artificial light. Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) is a rare exception to this. Again, our Lime is NOT cold pressed so it is not phototoxic.


Skin care – oily skin types will benefit from Lime’s astringent (skin tightening) properties. Like other citrus oils, it’s high Monoterpene content makes it an absorption enhancer and helps a blend act faster (while also allowing the skin to “breathe”). You have a winning combination if using Organic Virgin Coconut oil as a carrier, since it also absorbs quickly without residue. Here are some good recipes to try:


Oily Skin Serum:

In a 1 ounce serum bottle with Jojoba, add

• 2 drops Tea Tree
• 2 drops Lavender
• 2 drop Lime

Apply every evening before bed time. While it may seem wrong to put oil on oily skin, Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax that chemically matches our own skin sebum. It works to balance our own natural sebum production, whether it is overactive (oily) or underactive (dry).

Cooling Summer Mister

For hot flashes, or if you are just simply hot!


• 6 drops Lavender


• 8 drops Clary Sage
• 6 drops Lime

with Pompeii Organics Essential Oils!

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