This small fragrant evergreen tree is native to many tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It reaches 4.5 meters in height with sharp spines, smooth, stiff leaves, and small white flowers. The fruit is half the size of a typical lemon and a pale green color.
About The Oil
Lime essential oil can be steam distilled, which filters out the phototoxic components, or cold-pressed, which retains the fresh fruit aroma. Fresh, tangy and fragrantly emphatic, this lime essential oil shares much of its therapeutic profile with its citrus cousin, the lemon, and has many of the same astringent, toning and mood elevating properties.
Originally from Asia, the lime tree was introduced to Europe by the Moors. British ships transporting limes were often called “lime juicers” as crews depended heavily on the lime’s high vitamin C content to reduce scurvy during long voyages. Today, it is cultivated in Italy, Africa, the West Indies and the Americas.
Distilled lime oil is extensively used in flavoring food and beverages, especially soft drinks like ginger ale and colas, whereas cold-pressed lime is used in high-grade men’s toiletries and perfumery.