Indigenous to Southeast Asia, the lime tree eventually spread to Egypt and Africa, with the Moors introducing it to Spain in the 1200s. In later years it was widely cultivated in Europe, eventually reaching the Americas. Today the largest cultivator of lime is Asia, followed by Mexico and other countries with warm climates, such as Italy and the West Indies.
While lime essential oil is often used for culinary purposes, it also has many therapeutic uses as it is antibacterial, antiviral and full of nutrients and antioxidants.
Lime oil can be extracted either by the cold compression of its peel or by steam distillation.
Lime essential oil is antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial. It can cure and prevent infections and can be used to treat either internal or external infections. When applying it externally it can cure and prevent infections of the skin. It may also be consumed in order to fight throat, mouth, colon and other internal infections.
By curing both internal and external bacterial infections, this oil can be used to treat conditions such as diarrhoea, food poisoning and cholera.
Lime oil is effective in fighting viruses. It can kill the viruses that cause the common cold, while also fighting fevers caused by viral infections.
By curing a wide variety of viral and bacterial infections, this essential oil can be effectively used as a disinfectant for the skin and external wounds.
This oil can also be used to stop bleeding by acting as a blood coagulant or by contracting the blood vessels. It also improves blood circulation, allowing more oxygen to reach the organs. This improves overall health.
This oil can also be used to treat oily skin. It also detoxifies the body, improving the general health of the skin.
Mentally, lime essential oil is uplifting. It causes the user to feel positive and full of life.
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