Lime is an essential oil that is often used with, or instead of lemon, but there is not much in-depth information available on the inner nature of this oil.  In order for me to be able to highlight more of its Inner Nature, I had to do some research.

To start with I found a couple of very interesting research studies.

Asnaashari, S. , Delazar, A. , Habibi, B. , Vasfi, R. , Nahar, L. , Hamedeyazdan, S. and Sarker, S. D. (2010), Essential Oil from Citrus aurantifolia prevents ketotifen‐induced weight‐gain in mice. Phytother. Res., 24: 1893-1897. doi:10.1002/ptr.3227, was done on mice to investigate the effects of lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil in reducing body weight, individually and in co‐administration with ketotifen, an antihistaminic drug that causes weight‐gain.  The data obtained in this study suggested that lime essential oil plays an important role in weight loss and could be useful in the treatment of drug‐induced obesity and related diseases.

Wantida Chaiya Siriporn Okonogi (2012) Inhibition of cholinesterase by essential oil from food plant. Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand, indicated that that essential oils obtained from Melissa officinalis leaf and Citrus aurantifolia leaf showed high acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase co-inhibitory activities. C. aurantifolia leaf oil revealed in this study has an IC50 value on acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase of 139 ± 35 and 42 ± 5 μg/ml, respectively. The inhibition of cholinesterase has attracted much attention recently because of its potential for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

And I also review Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s profile on Lime Essential Oil:

The lime oil type, may have experienced overt forms of suppression.  This suppression is commonly not exerted by individuals, such as the mother or father, but rather by circumstances, such as childhood illnesses or obesity, childhood hyper sexuality, sexual abuse, or paradoxical parental distance and deficient parental guidance.

These certainly give me some clues as to when it might be appropriate to include Lime essential oil in a blend for a client.  For instance, for someone who is struggling with weight gain that is the result of a disease they are experiencing, or a drug they are taking.  I would also consider adding Lime to my blend for anyone who is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

On a more subtle level, if I found out that during their childhood a client had experienced feelings of suppression based on circumstances such as those described in Dr. Berkowsky’s Lime profile, I would definitely add a drop or two of Lime to their blend to help deal with the aftermath.  In cases like these, it can be interesting to see how just one or two drops can really affect a shift in perception.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Description:  A small evergreen tree that can grow up to 15 foot high.  It has smooth ovate leaves and small white flowers.  The bitter fruit is a pale green color, smaller than a lemon.

History/Folklore:  Sailors in the Royal Navy were issued a daily ration of lemon or lime juice in their grog (watered down rum) to prevent scurvy.  The term ‘limey’ is thought to have originated from this practice.  In India, the lime is used in Tantra (a style of meditation and ritual) for removing evil spirits. It is also combined with Indian chilies to make a protective charm to repel the evil eye.  It was also believed that hanging limes over sick people cured them of the illness by repelling evil spirits lurking inside the body.

Extraction:  One oil is obtained through cold expression of the peel of the unripe fruit, while another is obtained through steam distillation of the whole, ripe crushed fruit.

Aroma:  Fresh, citrus, typical.  The aroma of steam distilled Lime oil is considered to be of an inferior quality to that of cold-pressed lime.

Odor intensity:  Medium to High.

Perfume Note:  Top.

Blends well with:  Other citrus oils, neroli, citronella, lavender, rosemary, clary sage, and ylang ylang.

Perfume Key Qualities: Refreshing and uplifting.

Chemistry:  Monoterpenes (72%), Aldehydes (13%); Alcohols (4%); Lactones (2%)

Cautions:  Steam distilled lime is considered safe to use on the skin, however cold pressed lime oil is a powerful photosensitizer.  Use cold pressed Lime in inhalation methods and steam distilled lime in topical applications.

On a physical level, lime can be used for skin care (acne, herpes, insect bites); respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, catarrh); and boosting the Immune System (colds, flu, fever, infections).

On a psychological level, Lime has been considered to be helpful for anxiety, nervousness, depression, exhaustion, and stress-related disorders.

On a subtle level, Lime can help to cleanse traumatic emotions held in the cellular memory of the physical body. Lime is said to harmonize the energy in all the chakras and counteract addictions such as alcoholism by purging the soul of negative fixations.

In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing Lime has the themes of insecurity and a fear involving issues of trust and security.

You will find other Essential oils described in the Articles Archive as well as in the Blog Essential Oil Archive

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