Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Essential Oil

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You may be more familiar with Lime’s culinary uses as a citrusy delight. As an essential oil, it offers a wide range of therapeutic benefits.

Native to India, Lime trees produce white flowers and citrus fruit and was first carried to the Mediterranean in the 19th Century. Today, Limes are grown throughout the West Indies, Central America and Italy. The entire peel is put through a steam distillation method to extract the essential oil. Try blending it with Bergamot or a bright floral and diffuse it in a space needing an uplift.

Use this essential oil sparingly; one drop goes a long way because its oh so VERY potent, concentrated and odiferous!



- Botanical Name: Citrus Aurantifolia
- Origin: Mexico
- Method: Steam Distillation (Not phototoxic)
- Plant Part: Peel
- Note: Top
- Family: Rutaceae
- Blends Well With: Bergamot, and other citrus; Geranium, and other florals, Lavender, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang.
- Aroma: Sweet, tropical, citrusy, rounded, and true to Lime aroma. The strong aroma is sharp and refreshing. The odor effect is uplifting and cooling.
- Consistency: Thin
- Color: Pale Yellow or Pale Green
- Purity: 100% (NOT diluted; NO additives; NO fillers - EVER)
- Therapeutic/Medicinal Quality?: Yes!!
- Shelf Life: 2 Years (some experts say it has a much shorter shelf-life and should be used within six months of purchase). 


(Potential to be useful when used safely and appropriately)

- Digestive: poor appetite, poor digestion
- Immune: inflammation, virus
- Lymphatic: swollen lymph nodes
- Muscular: spasm, cramp
- Skin: bacterial infection, athlete's foot, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, cut, wound
- Home: airborne germs, surface germs, insect repellent

- Additionally: colds and flu, depression, nervous exhaustion, other stress-related disorders.


(Please reference the Appendix on this site for definitions)

anti-bacterial (bactericidal), anti-inflammatory/anti-phlogistic, anti-microbial/anti-septic, apertif, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral (viricidal), aperitive, astringent, digestive, disinfectant, febrifugal, haemostatic, insecticidal/insectifuge, restorative, stimulant (lymphatic).


Diffusion: Use one to four drops in the diffuser of your choice (this oil is VERY strong/potent, but you decide how strong you want the scent to be). Ideally, diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. This is not only safer, but it’s also more effective as both our bodies and our nervous system habituate to essential oils after this period of time. Whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, some air exchange (fresh air) is advisable. Do not diffuse around cats.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil (Jojoba, Sunflower, Olive, Coconut, Almond, etc.) to minimize any skin sensitivity. Is not phototoxic. Proper dilution ratio and a link for you to learn how to properly dilute is below.


Not phototoxic because it is steam-distilled, but still may be potentially irritating to skin so dilute accordingly.

- Safe for which ages?: All
- Safe for pregnancy?: Yes
- Safe for breastfeeding?: Yes
- Safe for dog?: Yes
- Safe for cat?: No

Kids and Adults Max Topical Dilution: None (but always dilute before applying to the skin (esp. for kids)).

Our Lime is steam-distilled and is (furanocoumarin-free). This type of Lime has no topical max and is not phototoxic.

Learn more about dilution for all ages, bottle sizes, etc.

NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY IN ANY AMOUNT, UNLESS DIRECTED BY A LICENSED AROMATHERAPIST OR PHYSICIAN. If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.

Safety Guidelines & Explanations:

Information sourced from - Essential Oil Profiles: Aromatherapy reference manual for the beginner and beyond (book), by Lea Jacobson, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Purchase by clicking here.

Please see the following websites for different uses & safety:


Please keep out of the heat, the sun and the light. It is best to store essential oils in a cool, dark place or room. Do not leave in your vehicle in warm (75+ degrees) or very cold temperatures. Heat especially destroys the medicinal/therapeutic properties of essential oils. Make sure to keep cap tightly closed. It is best to use your essential oils within one year, although they will last much longer than that if taken care of properly (above). If not taken care of properly, essential oils can degrade and/or go rancid, and will no longer be medicinal/therapeutic for you.


The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. Please consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy, before using our Lime Essential Oil. Neither Victoria Kay Designs nor associated business entities guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for users who use this essential oil unsafely. More than enough information, and reference information to legitimate sources is available on this website for users to educate themselves. If buyers/users choose not to educate themselves and use any essential oil irresponsibly - that is not the fault of this business. Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for any ill-fated reactions, i.e. sensitivity, irritation, phototoxicity, internal damage (taking internally), illness, death, etc., etc. due to usage of any essential oil information on this website/not on this website, or essential oil sold on this website or sold at arts & crafts shows. Users assume all responsibility once product passes into their hands.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.