Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lime essential oil

Lime essential oil, citrus aurantifolia, has a sweet citrus aroma. It shares most of the same characteristics as lemon including fighting infections, colds, and dyspepsia. It also has antiviral and anti-bacterial properties that make it excellent for treating cold and flu symptoms. Lime essential oil is also commonly used as a digestive and appetite stimulant and used in dyspepsia with glycerin of pepsin. The juice is principally used in the manufacture of citric acid, and for medicinal purposes. It is often used indiscriminately with that of the lemon, although its flavor is not so popular. Oil of limes is used for flavoring purposes, especially in mineral waters and artificial lime-juice cordials, consisting of sweetened solutions of tartaric acid.
Lime Can be pressed from the peel or steam distilled from the whole fruit. The expressed oil is phototoxic. The Lime is a small tree, crooked and prickly, only reaching as a rule, a height of 8 feet. The leaves are ovate-oblong, and the stalk is not winged like that of the orange and lemon tree. The flowers are small and white and the fruit about half the size of a lemon, with a smoother, thinner rind, having a greenish tinge in its yellow.
Lime essential oil, citrus aurantifolia, blends well with the following essential oils: bergamot, lavender, cedarwood virginiana, clary sage, lemongrass, and pine.
Lime oil cautions - Do not use before going out into the sunlight. Dilute with a carrier oil before use. Lime causes sensitivity to sunlight, avoid exposure to the sun when using.
Lime essential oil properties - Anti-anemic, antimicrobal, antirheumatic, antisclerotic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrizant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, hemostatic, hypotensive, insecticide, rubefacient, stimulates white corpuscles, tonic, vermifuge.

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