Botanical Name: Citrus medica
Synonym: C. medica var. acida, C. latifolia
Botanical Family: Rutaceae
Country of Origin: Asia, Italy, West Indies & Americas
Plant Part: Fruit peel
Extraction Method: Cold expression & steam distillation
Characteristics: sweet, crisp, refreshing, citrus
Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericide, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative, tonic
linalool, terpineol, citral, linalyl acetate, bergaptene, limonene, pinene, sabinene, terpinoline
Mind & Spirit:
- Refreshing and uplifting
- Relieves a tired fatigued mind.
- Digestive stimulant
- Useful for nausea, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, hiccups, sinus congestion,
- Helps improve circulation
- Treats sore throats, colds and flu, fever and breathing problems
- Toning to the skin, clears oily congested skin.
Contraindications: Nil, cold pressed oil is Phototoxic
Odour Intensity: 5
Blends well with:
Bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, nutmeg, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, rosewood, tangerine, vetiver, ylang ylang
As with lemons, Lime was also given to British sailors to reduce the risk of scurvy.
It was introduced into Europe by the Moors and brought to America by the Spanish and Portugese explorers in the 16th century. The oil has been used to flavour ginger ale and cola drinks.