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Lime, Key, Organic, Steam Distilled

Lime, Key, Organic, Steam Distilled


Therapeutic Key Lime essential oil, also known as Mexican Lime, Steam Distilled

Botanical name :   Citrus aurantifolia   or   Citrus medica var. acida

Extraction method / Source :    Steam Distilled  /   Fruit 

Note classification :   Top        Odor Intensity :  3

Key constituents :  Limonene 40 - 50%,  Beta-pinene, Theta-terpinene, Citral, Sabinene, Myrcene          (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)

Shelf Life:  18 months or longer, if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light

Plant description :  Botanical family :   Rutaceae       Lime is a small evergreen which is believed to have originated in India and Burma, and was brought to Central and South America by the Polynesians.  The trees grow to a height of 12 - 18 feet and produce dark green leaves, white flowers and acidic green fruits.

Regions of Production :   USA

Growing Practices :  Trees are organically farmed.  Fruits are tested after harvest for purity. 

Properties :   Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericide, disinfectant, fever-reducing, hemostatic, insecticide, tonic.                Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.

Uses / Benefits :  Tones the skin, helps break down subcutaneous cellulite, reduces oily skin, helpful in the management of acne.  Beneficial for treating throat infections and influenza (colds and flu), digestive problems, and fluid retention.  Promotes mental clarity.  Helps strengthen the nerves, and moves one to action. 

Modes of Administration :  Topical :  massage, compress, bath, skin care, gargle.    Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.  

Fragrant influences:  Uplifting, energizing, purifying.  Helps ease stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. Recommended for mental and emotional clearing, promotes independence and the creation of emotional space.  Moves one to action.

Safety :   Non-toxic. Cold pressed lime essential oil can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.  Take care not to get into the eyes.

Blends well with :  Basil, Bay, Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Gingergrass, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Thyme, Ylang Yang

History / Fun Facts :  Lime essential oil can be made in two ways: steam distillation or cold pressed.  Distilled lime oil is used extensively in the food industry.  Cold pressed lime oil is used in high grade perfumes and toiletries.  Both are used in aromatherapy, and have different therapeutic properties.


Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets. 



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