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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 cold pressing method is by using the small whole unripe fruits of the West Indian Lime. This method is desired in perfumery work, for its persistence and fresh citrus notes. * Lime C/P essential oil contains naturally occurring bergaptens or furo/furano-coumarins, which are known to cause skin phototoxicity. This means that skin can discolour when exposed to direct sunlight, and in some cases cause burning. *

Ingredients: Citrus Aurantifolia Oil

Application to the skin may increase sensitivity to sunlight

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantifolia

Common Name: Lime

Plant Part: Peel

Extraction Method: Cold Pressed

Common Uses: Lime essential oil has a crisp, refreshing citrus scent that has been used for its uplifting and revitalising properties. It can also act as an astringent on the skin where it is reputed to help clear oily skin.

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Strength of Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Scent: Fresh, sharp and fruity citrus aroma.

Caution: Lime essential oil is phototoxic. Users should avoid direct sunlight after application. Avoid during pregnancy.

Medicinal Use

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.

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5ml, 10ml, 50ml, 100ml

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