Citrus aurantifolia is a small evergreen tree that produces a small, sour fruit very similar to lemon, and like lemon, has a high content of citric acid, but typically less ascorbic acid. Lime, like a lemon, is full of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.
Lime is popular for its invigorating and energizing citrus aroma. It is often used to freshen the home and eliminate unwanted odours. In aromatherapy is used topically to to help reduce the symptoms of acne, relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis, or inhaled to reduce the symptoms of cough and colds.
Some of the uses of lime essential oil include:
relieve stress, exhaustion and anxiety
boost immune system
reduce symptoms of colds, coughs, sinusitis, sore throat and chest congestion
reduce symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis, cellulite and varicose veins
treat bleeding cuts and wounds
treat acne and other skin problems
Cautions: This oil has phototoxic properties and exposure to the sun must be avoided after application to the skin. Dilute well before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals. Contact with eyes should be avoided.