Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Famous for its distinct flavor and aroma, the lime fruit has seemingly endless applications for cooking, cleaning, personal care, and more. Much like the fruit, there are also many uses for Lime essential oil.
Where to Buy Lime Oil
Ready to buy your own bottle of doTERRA Lime oil? Visit our Lime oil page for product information and ordering instructions. When you buy essential oils from doTERRA, you’ll receive safe, potent oils that have undergone CPTG® testing to ensure a high level of quality. From sourcing to harvesting, and all the way through the production process, each bottle of doTERRA Lime essential oil is cared for, to produce a pure, high quality product for you and your family.
Lime Oil Uses and Benefits
Known for its purifying properties, Lime essential oil can help to support healthy immune function. Its tart citrusy aroma is perfect for when you want to brighten a room or make your home feel clean or fresh. To utilize the smell of Lime oil around your house, simply combine Lemon, Grapefruit, and Lime oil with distilled water into a glass spray bottle and spray the concoction around your home or any area that could use a more cheerful scent.
While the cleansing properties of Lime essential oil can be helpful for cleaning the house, you can also use Lime oil to help purify the skin and hair. Consider adding one or two drops of Lime essential oil to your face wash or shampoo to yield the benefits of added cleansing properties. To use Lime oil for hair, just combine with a few drops of Melaleuca and give yourself a scalp massage in the shower. When you want to use Lime essential oil for skin, try our Ginger Lime Brown Sugar Scrub. You can easily make this facial scrub at home, and it will leave your skin softer and more exfoliated.
Because it has such a unique and stimulating scent, there are many benefits that come from diffusing Lime essential oil. The refreshing properties of Lime oil can positively affect mood when diffused. Lime oil can also promote well-being and emotional balance, so it is a good idea to diffuse Lime on days when you need to center and balance your emotions, or if you aren’t feeling your best. While diffusing Lime oil can help lift your mood, you can also diffuse this oil when you simply want to cleanse the air in your kitchen, bedroom, office, or entire home.
Like Lemon oil, doTERRA Lime essential oil comes in handy for cleaning. There are countless ways to use Lime oil for cleaning, whether you want to get rid of a sticky mess, clean your countertops, or purify your hands. When you are left with a sticky, goopy, or greasy mess, you can use Lime essential oil to remove grease spots or residue left behind by stickers. Simply place a few drops of Lime oil on a cotton pad and rub down the sticky area until the residue or spot is gone.
Citrus aurantifolia, also known as the Key lime, is the juicy, aromatic citrus fruit used for doTERRA Lime essential oil. Key limes grow on small, shrubby trees that have leaves, thorns, and flowers. The Key lime fruit is typically ripe when the flowers of the tree have blossomed. Thought to be native to areas in Southeast Asia, the Key lime gained popularity in the Florida Keys, where it was grown and used as a main ingredient for Key lime pie—hence the name. After the citrus aurantifolia is harvested, the peel is cold pressed to produce a tart, refreshing essential oil.
Chemistry of Lime Oil
Main Chemical Components: Limonene, beta-pinene, y-terpinene
One of the primary constituents of Lime essential oil, beta pinene, is commonly used in perfumery. Additionally, some studies have shown that beta pinene has an effect on the monoaminergic system of the brain, which includes many of the brain’s chemicals and neurotransmitters. These studies have shown that beta pinene may help support balance of brain chemistry, possibly helping reduce sad feelings. Lime essential oil also includes the chemical constituent limonene, which contributes to Lime’s cleansing properties, and its stimulating and enhancing effects on mood. The chemical makeup of Lime is what makes the oil so fragrant, uplifting, cleansing, and stimulating.
Oils that Blend Well with Lime oil
As a unique, refreshing essential oil with a distinct aroma, Lime oil blends well with a variety of other oils. Try blending Lime oil with spicy or woody essential oils, like Cedarwood or Black Pepper, for a stimulating scent. Lime essential oil also blends well with herbaceous oils like Cilantro or Basil. For a bright, inviting aroma, consider blending Lime oil with Lavender, Grapefruit, or Ylang Ylang.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.