The health benefits of Lime essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, hemostatic, restorative, and a tonic substance.
The essential oil of lime is extracted by cold compression of fresh lime peels or by steam distillation of its dried peels. The scientific name of lime is Citrus aurantifolia. It is composed of compounds like alpha pinene, beta pinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, cineole, linalool, borneol, citral, neral acetate, and geranyl acetate. Limes are very well known across the world and are extensively used in pickles, jams, marmalades, sauces, squash, sorbets, desserts, beverages, cosmetics, and a number of other industrial products.
Health Benefits of Lime Essential Oil
Lime, like a lemon, is full of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients, as is its essential oil. Let’s explore the more specific health benefits that lime essential oil can provide.
Lime essential oil has antiseptic properties, and it can cure infections and protect against their development. More specifically, it can prevent tetanus if you are wounded by iron. When externally applied, lime oil can cure infections of the skin and wounds. When consumed, it effectively helps to cure infections of the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary system. It is miraculously effective in curing sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles, and other similar problems. It can even cure viral infections of the respiratory system, thus benefiting in the treatment of bronchitis. It is also effective in fighting other viral infections such as flu, mumps, coughs, colds, and measles.
Prevents Viral Infections
This essential oil helps to fight and protect against viral infections which may cause the common cold, mumps, measles, pox, and similar diseases.
Being an astringent, lime essential oil helps to cure toothaches, strengthen the grip of gums on the teeth, and protect them from falling out. It also tightens loose muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness, and youth. This property can also be used to cure diarrhea. The final important benefit of astringents is their ability to stop hemorrhaging by contracting blood vessels.
The very smell of lime oil is mouthwatering. In small doses, it serves as an appetizer or an aperitif. It also activates the secretion of digestive juices into the stomach before you even start eating and increases your hunger and appetite.
Treats Bacterial Infections
Lime essential oil is a good bactericide. It can be used in the treatment of food poisoning, diarrhea, typhoid, and cholera, all of which are caused by bacteria. Furthermore, it can cure internal bacterial infections like those in the colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract as well as external infections on the skin, ears, eyes, and in wounds.
Lime oil is also known for its disinfectant properties. If added to food, it protects them from getting spoiled through infection by microbes. When consumed, it can cure the microbial infection in the colon, urinary tract, kidneys, and genitals. When applied externally, it protects the skin and wounds from infections and helps them heal quickly. It can also be used in a diluted state for applying on the scalp. This strengthens the hair and protects them from various infections like lice.
Fever is just a symptom that shows the immune system of our body is fighting against infections or various unwanted substances. Thus, fever almost always accompanies infections, such as colds, viral infections, bacterial infections and infections on wounds, liver malfunctions, pox, boils, allergies, and arthritis. Lime essential oil, since it is an antiallergenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, cicatrizant, fungicidal and antiseptic substance, can help cure the cause of fever and eventually reduce it, thereby acting as a febrifuge.
Promotes Blood Coagulation
An agent that can stop bleeding, either by promoting the coagulation of blood or by means of contracting the blood vessels, is considered a hemostatic. Lime oil is a hemostatic, by virtue of its astringent properties, which help to reduce hemorrhaging by contracting the blood vessels.
This oil serves as a restorative by restoring health and strength to organ systems throughout the body. This is quite similar to the effect of a tonic and is very good for those who are recovering from extended bouts of illness or injury.
Prevents Signs of Aging
Lime essential oil tones up muscles, tissues, and skin as well as the various systems that function in the body, including the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive, and excretory systems. This tonic effect helps to retain youth for a long time and prevents the appearance of aging symptoms like hair loss, wrinkles, age spots, and muscle weakness.
Apart from having the medicinal properties discussed above, it is an antidepressant and antiarthritic substance. It can reduce pain in the muscles and joints and is a very good antioxidant.
Word of Caution: In very rare cases, this oil can cause photosensitivity if exposed directly to the strong sun after application.