When I was younger my preferred citrus fruits were oranges and lemons. I was wary of limes. But when I was introduced to lime essential oil my tastes changed. Through the oil I was able to appreciate the subtle nuances in its composition that differentiated it from other citrus. It has both a sweetness and a tartness that make it unique.
Citrus aurantifolia (a.k.a. lime) essential oil has health benefits that go beyond its intriguing scent. It can relieve stress and anxiety by calming the mind. It helps with colds, coughs, and congestion, especially when mixed into a carrier oil and rubbed on the neck or chest. It also reduces acne when used in a face wash, but be aware that cold-pressed lime is phototoxic and can cause burning when the skin is exposed to sunlight. In contrast, steam-distilled lime essential oil will not make your skin sun sensitive.
Studies have shown lime essential oil to be antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, and antioxidant. But most engaging is a study showing the oil to be useful in weight loss, of interest this time of year when losing holiday weight is on people’s minds. “Groups treated with lime essential oil displayed a reduction in body weight and food consumption,” although the test groups were mice. Still, the work “suggested that lime essential oil plays an important role in weight loss.” First, skinny mice. Hopefully next, lower obesity rates in human subjects.
If you combine the stress-relieving properties of the oil with immune-enhancement and weight gain suppression, then you have an oil that would be very useful in an inhaler blend. Including peppermint essential oil would make it more energizing as we plod through a cold winter. The blend may be part of a weight loss plan, along with a healthy diet and exercise.
9 drops lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil
5 drops peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil
Drop essential oils onto the cotton pad of the inhaler. To use the inhaler, remove the lid, holding the sleeve up to one nostril, and inhale.