After the lime fruit has been pressed to extract the juice, the remaining rinds are steam distilled. This produces an oil which is very low in bergapten, unlike the cold pressed oil. This makes it much less phototoxic an easier to use, with just the same beneficial properties.
Citrus Aurantifolia Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Lime Essential Oil are:
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Good choice to use on acne and greasy or problem skin.
Add to cellulite blends for creams, gels and body wraps
Makes a great aftershave lotion or gel when blended with other actives such as Eco Marine Algae Extract and WuZhu Extract.
Good to tone the skin in general and can be used on all skin types in creams, lotions, serum, gels and wraps.
Astringent, so it helps to reduce large pores.
Improves an oily scalp and greasy hair.
Gives a very fresh lift to shampoos and body washes that can cover the aroma of the detergent.
Improves the circulation of the scalp, so it can help with hair loss when used with Bio Energiser.
Very refreshing for a tired and exhausted mind, so is a great choice to diffuse in an oil burner or use in a massage for relaxing.
Good deodorant qualities, so use it in sports products and deodorants.
It improves the circulation and relieves joint and muscle pain in after sports products.
Combine with Geranium to re balance an oily skin or scalp.
Blend with Cedarwood and Juniper Berry for cellulite wraps and gels.
Use with Rosemary Verbenone to relax the breathing and ease muscle pain in a massage product.
Even though it is very low in bergapten, do not use in sun protection products.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a powerful hepatic to work on the liver as it is even more effective than lemon for this purpose. This improves the skin but can also release anger.
Used for pleurisy and bronchitis, especially when there are thick exudations.
Eases stubborn indigestion and stomach cramps.
On an esoteric level, it lifts doubt.
Useful to boost the immune system.
Lime essential oil has always traditionally been made from the cold pressed peel of the fruit. However, the resulting oil is highly phototoxic from the bergapten content, thus restricting its use. Steam distillation removes the problem and now the oil can be used much more.
Limes were introduced into Spain in the Middle Ages by the Moors. The ships carrying them used it to prevent scurvy on the long voyages and, when the fruits were shipped to the Americas, the sailors were called “limeys”.