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Lime Oil

Witnessing a spontaneous growth in England and many parts of Europe, the lime tree is reportedly expected to grow for a very long time. It is the longest living tree, recorded to be over 700 years old. Having a sharp, citrus peel smell, the essential oil of lime is pale yellow to light olive in color.
This oil having a stimulating and refreshing property, helps with depression as well as cool fevers associated with colds, sore throats, and flu. It also aids the immune system while easing coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, and asthma.

Equally helpful for arthritis, rheumatism, and poor circulation; the lime oil also takes an active stand against obesity and cellulite. This natural astringent and toner clears oily skin and acne, along with herpes, insect bites and cuts. Making a nice-smelling deodorant, it blends particularly well with the essential oils of neroli, lavender, clary sage and ylang-ylang, bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rosemary, rosewood, tangerine, ylang-ylang.
 

Oil Extraction
The clear smelling lime oil is extracted from Citrus aurantifolia (also known as Citrus medica var. acida and C. latifolia) of the Rutaceae family. The tree is also known as Mexican and West Indian lime, as well as sour lime. Known globally to lift depression and lighten your mood when feeling blue, this essential oil can be extracted by distillation-- the peel of the unripe skin by cold expression or the peel and /or the whole ripe fruit by steam distillation. Distilled lime essential oil has a much longer shelf life than the pressed peel.

History of Lime
A particular Greek myth speaks of a time when the gods, Zeus and Hermes, decided to pay a visit to the land of mortals to see if they

were behaving themselves. In disguise, they knocked on many doors and found that no one would give them shelter. Eventually, they came to the house of Philemon and Baucis who welcomed them. To reward them of their generosity, Zeus granted them their wish to remain together forever after they died and transformed Philemon into an Oak tree and Baucis into a tilia (lime tree) so they could be side by side. It is common to find that oak trees and limes grow close to each other.

Even in the Celtic times right up to the middle ages, the lime tree was considered sacred and it was common for judicial cases to be heard while the court sat under a lime tree as it was said to inspire fairness and justice. Lime trees were planted by royal decree along many roads to ensure that the harvest of its flowers was plentiful, as it was used a lot for its medicinal properties. In fact, sitting under this tree was said to cure epilepsy and other nervous illnesses.

Being the native to India, the lime tree was first introduced to Europe by the Moors. It was in the 16th century when the Spanish explorers travelled across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing these trees to North America. The major reason to bring them on the boats was to help prevent scurvy, which we all know is a disease brought on by a serious deficiency in vitamin C. This member of the Rutaceae family, carrying a sweet and tangy scent was also used medicinally to help enhance the nervous system.

The ships transporting these trees were called 'lime juicers'. Presently, the trees are also cultivated in most of the warm countries, especially Italy, the West Indies, and the Americas. The oil extracted from this evergreen tree (growing up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) high) is used to flavor ginger ale and cola drinks, and also used in the perfume industry.

 
 

Applicable Benefits
The main constituents in the distilled lime oil are a-pinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, 1,8-ceneole, linalool, borneol, fenchone, citral and traces of neral acetate and geranyl acetate. Further, the aroma compounds found in it are terpineol, bisabolene and other terpenoids. The therapeutic properties of this oil are antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative and tonic. Full of anti oxidants and other beneficial nutrients, the essential lime oil holds the following benefits for us:

  • Anti Septic: It can cure infections, protect from them and has anti septic properties, that is, it can prevent tetanus. Externally applied, Lime Oil can cure infections on skin and in wounds and even protect from new infections. Internally taken, it effectively helps cure infections of throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and urinary system. It is miraculously effective in curing sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles and such problems. It can even cure viral infection of the whole respiratory system, thus benefiting in bronchitis. It is effective in fighting other viral infections such as in case of flu, mumps, cough and cold, measles, etc.
  • Anti Viral: This helps fight and protect against viral infections which may cause common cold, mumps, measles, pox and other such diseases.
  • Astringent: Being an astringent, Lime Essential Oil helps cure toothache, strengthens grip of gums on teeth and protect them from falling, tightens loosened muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness and youth. This property can also be used to cure diarrhea too. There is one more important benefit of astringent. It can check haemorrhage by contracting blood vessels and can save lives.
  • Aperitif: The very smell of Lime Oil waters mouth. In small doses, it serves as an appetizer or aperitif. It activates secretion of digestive juices into the stomach even before you start eating and increases your hunger.
  • Bactericidal: It is a good bactericide. It can be used in treatment of food poisoning, diarrhea, typhoid and cholera which are caused by bacteria. Further, it can cure internal bacterial infections like in colon, stomach, intestines and urinary tract as well as external infections on skin, ears, eyes and in wounds.
  • Disinfectant: Lime Oil is also known for its disinfectant properties. Added in food stuffs, it protects them from getting spoiled from infection by microbes Consumed, it cures microbial infection in colon, urinary tract, kidneys, genitals, etc. Applied externally, it protects skin and wounds from infections and helps them heal quickly. It can be used in dilution for applying on scalp to protect hair from various infections, lice, etc.
  • Febrifuge: Fever is just a symptom which shows that the immune system of our body is fighting against infections or unwanted substances. Thus, fever always accompanies infections, such as cold, viral infections, bacterial infections and infections on wounds, liver malfunctions, pox, boils, allergy or arthritis. Lime Essential Oil, simultaneously being an Anti Allergenic, Anti Microbial, Anti Inflammatory, Anti Tussive, Cicatrisant, Fungicidal and Anti Septic at a stretch, helps cure the cause of fever and eventually reduces fever, thereby acting as a febrifuge.
  • Haemostatic: An agent that can stop bleeding, either by promoting coagulation of blood or by means of contraction of blood vessels, is a Haemostatic. Lime Oil is a Haemostatic by virtue of its astringent properties which help reduce haemorrhage by contracting blood vessels.
  • Restorative: This oil serves as a restorative by restoring health and strength. This is quite similar to the effect of a tonic. Very good for those who are recovering after suffering long.
  • Tonic: Tones up muscles, tissues and skin as well as the various systems functioning inside the body, such as respiratory system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system and the excretory system. This tonic effect helps retain youth for a long.
  • Other Benefits: Apart from having the medicinal properties discussed above, it is anti depressant, anti arthritic, reduces pain of muscles and joints and is a very good anti oxidant.

 

Precaution Note: In very rare cases, this oil can cause photo sensitivity if exposed to strong sun after application. It remains non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing if obtained by steam extraction, yet the oil obtained from cold expression can cause photo sensitivity in strong sunshine and can irritate the skin.

 
 
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