Thought to be native to south Asia but now found in many tropical and subtropical regions around the globe. Mainly cultivated in Mexico, Florida, the West Indies and Italy.
The oil is obtained by distillation.
Lime Trees are tall, domed trees that grow up 13 foot in height. They produce fruits all year round but are mainly harvested between April and June and November or December. The fruits are picked once they have turned light green and are slightly soft to the touch. The trees often have very sharp spines so picking the fruit can be a hazardous job. The fruit is then pressed and produces an emulsion of juice and oil. This is then pumped to the stills where the oil is produced.
Antiseptic, antiviral, aperitif, bactericidal, febrifuge, restorative and tonic.
Lime and Lemon essential oils are pretty much interchangeable so it mostly depends on which aroma you prefer. When blended for massage, Lime is used in treatments for arthritis, cellulitis, high blood pressure, poor circulation and rheumatism. It's used to help with achy muscles and joints and cellulite. It is also blended in a lotion or cream when it can be helpful in clearing oily & congested skin and again to lessen the appearance of cellulite.
Lime is burned or vaporised to help with respiratory problems such as those associated with a cold, asthma or other bronchial issues. It's also regarded as an uplifting oil which is good to use in times of anxiety, stress or depression. Its antiseptic properties also mean that it's often burned to ward off infection and viruses and as a preventative measure during any illnesses of this type.
Lime is another oil which is very well suited to being used around the house. You can add it to your existing household cleaning products or come up with your own mixture. It works well on its own when added to clean water in a spray bottle to be used as a general cleaner for tops and surfaces. Alternatively you can add 10-15 drops to filtered water in a bottle with a fine spray attachment and use it as an air freshener.
There are lots of other ideas for using essential oils as a replacement for the chemical packed commercially available cleaning products available on the high street which you can find via a quick search on the internet.
Organic version also available.
You may find that Lime blends especially well with neroli, lavender, clary sage and ylang-ylang as well as the other citrus oils.