A small evergreen tree of about 4.5 metres, with stiff spined, smooth oval leaves, that range in shades of green. Small white flowers, produce the dark green fruits (about half the size of lemons). This is the desired colour for harvesting, rather than the yellow/green when ripe.
The steam distilled method of small whole fruits, chopped peels, and slurries, as a result from mainly juice production. This form of distilling allows a non-phototoxic product.
Lime has been mainly used for its juice, and the high levels of Vitamin C present in the fruit. Though it has been used to cool fevers associated with colds, sore throats and flu and aids the immune system while easing coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis, as well as helping asthma. Lime oil can stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression. It can be helpful for arthritis, rheumatism and poor circulation, as well as for obesity and cellulite and has an astringent and toning action to clear oily skin and acne, and also helps with herpes, insect bites and cuts.
Safety Precaution :Flammable.
Blends well with : Citronella, Clary Sage, Lavandin, Lavender, Neroli, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang and other Citrus oils.
FACT : Another citrus migration due to foreign trade, the Crusades, and the Moors developing new lands. It was often used indiscriminately in place of lemon with which it shares many qualities.