Botanical name:

Citrus aurantifolia



Mexico, South Africa


Method of extraction:

Steam-distilled or cold-pressed or expressed



Light green sometimes with a hint of orange





Extracted from:

Rind (Fruit peel)


Note clarification:




Citrus tangy


Blends well with:

Bergamot, cardamom, citronella, clary sage, coriander, jasmine absolute, lavender, lavandin, lemon, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, neroli, nutmeg, orange, petitgran, pink grapefruit, rose absolute, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, vanilla, ylang ylang. Lime will blend well with almost any other citrus essential oil


Therapeutic uses:

It is a good option in massage oils because it can stimulate circulation.

In skin treatments, it has an astringent quality which is great for dull, blemish-prone, oilier skin

It works well in household cleaners and air fresheners.

It is a very uplifting oil in air fresheners and diffusers



Cold-pressed lime is phototoxic but steam distilled lime essential oil is not.

It can be irritating to sensitive skin


Approximate shelf life:


3 years (refrigerated)



Consider using steam distilled lime essential oils on all topical treatments because it’s not phototoxic.


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Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.