Can you smell the tangy-sweet scent of lime essential oil? You know, you can extract this versatile essential oil yourself at home and reap the benefits. Here’s how:
Lime essential oil can be extracted by cold compression of fresh lime peels or by steam distillation of its dried peels. Then you can enjoy this oil’s many health benefits, including its natural antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, disinfectant and tonic properties. (1)
Lime Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
1. Cures Infections
Lime essential oil has healing properties that can help cure infections as a natural antibiotic. When applied topically, the oil can help prevent infections from forming in scrapes, cuts or wounds. When consumed, lime oil can cure infections of the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and urinary system. (2)
2. Prevents Viral Infections
The antiviral properties of lime essential oil make it a natural remedy against viral infections. Lime oil can be used to help strengthen the immune system and fight against viruses that cause the common cold, mumps, measles and pox. (3)
3. Cures Toothaches
Lime oil has natural astringent properties that can help cure toothaches and strengthen the teeth. The oil also works to tighten loose muscles and protect the teeth from falling out.
4. Increases Appetite
The aroma of lime essential oil can help increase appetite, which may be especially beneficial to those who are struggling with unwanted weight loss. The oil activates the secretion of digestive juices into the stomach before eating, to increase hunger.
5. Treats Bacterial Infections
Lime essential oil is a natural bactericide that can be used to help treat food poisoning, diarrhea, typhoid and cholera. The oil can also help cure internal bacterial infections in the colon, stomach, intestines and urinary tract. (4)
6. Works as a Disinfectant
Lime oil has natural disinfectant properties that can help cure microbial infections in the colon, urinary tract and kidneys when consumed. When the oil is applied externally, it can help protect the skin from infections. (5)
7. Reduces Fever
Lime essential oil has anti-allergenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It can help lower body temperature to reduce a high fever. Lime oil can also help reduce symptoms associated with a fever, including fatigue and inflammation.
8. Promotes Blood Coagulation
Lime oil is a natural hemostatic which can help reduce hemorrhaging by contracting the blood vessels. The oil can help naturally stop bleeding through contraction or by promoting blood coagulation.
9. Restores Health
Lime essential oil has the ability to restore health and strength throughout the body. The oil’s natural healing tonic effects are especially beneficial for those who are recovering from an illness or injury.
10. Prevents Signs of Aging
Lime oil can be used to prevent signs of aging thanks to its tonic effects that promote a youthful appearance. The oil works to tone muscles, tissues and skin, along with the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and excretory systems. Applying lime oil topically can help prevent the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. (6)
Caution: In rare cases, lime oil can cause photosensitivity if exposed directly to the sun after application. Make sure to not expose treated skin to the sun for at least 48 hours after application.