Lime oil is technically not an essential oil, but a “cold-pressed” oil similar to olive oil.
The scientific name of lime is Citrus aurantifolia. It is composed of compounds like alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, cineole, linalool, borneol, citral, neral acetate, and geranyl acetate.
Lime, like a lemon, is full of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients, as is its essential oil. Let’s explore the more specific health benefits that lime essential oil can provide.
Here we present some of the health benefits.
1. FIGHTS CANCER
Lime essential oil has been shown to fight cancer cells in general. Lime essential oil has anti-cancer effects against colon, pancreatic, breast and lymphoma cancers.
Limonene, the main component of lime, was given to 43 breast cancer patients with early-stage cancer before surgery at 2 grams per day.
The treatment reduced a protein that is involved in cancer spread (Cyclin D1). Limonene also was detected in breast tissue after supplementation.
Limonene protected the colon from the damage of chemotherapy treatment called Cytoxan in mice.
2. SOOTHE INFLAMMATION
Lime essential oil reduced both pain and inflammation in an animal study of chemically-induced inflammation.
They seem to specifically address inflammation at its cellular source.
Lime essential oil reduced a very difficult-to-treat inflammatory chemical called 5-lipoxygenase in cell study. Reducing this compound may help reduce symptoms of asthma, an inflammatory disease.
3. BOOST MOOD & ENERGY
Lime essential oil is an energizing essential oil, like many of the citrus family.
The volatile oils in the peel have an instant effect on the brain by directly affecting the limbic system and in turn our memory and emotional response.
Limonene, the main compound in lime essential oil, was able to reduce anxiety symptoms in a study.
One of the main compounds in lime essential oil, gamma terpinene, may increase the release of monoamines in the brain. These are brain chemicals that enhance mood.
4. ANTI-AGING & RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Lime essential oil has numerous antioxidant effects in the body. Specific components in lime essential oil (such as limonene) are among the best sources of antioxidants safe for regular use.
Lime oil scavenges harmful compounds called free radicals. It also reduces the harmful compound from the breakdown of fats, also known as lipid peroxidation.
Lime essential oil prevents and treats signs of aging. Lime essential oil tones up muscles, tissues, and skin as well as the various systems that function in the body, including the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive, and excretory systems. This tonic effect helps to retain youth for a long time and prevents the appearance of aging.
5. BURNS FAT & REDUCES CRAVINGS
Lime essential oil reduced food intake and weight gain in humans. Limonene, the main compound in lime, reduced liver fat, fat cell size, blood fat and glucose levels.
D-limonene helps prevent and treat high triglyceride (fat) levels, high cholesterol levels and, helped balance high blood sugar levels.
6. REDUCE STRESS
Lime essential oil has the amazing ability to reduce feelings of distress and promote better sleep. Even better, it’s an appropriate essential oil for use with children. Lime essential oil is known to be high in the d-limonene compounds that can help with stress.
7. Relieves Toothaches
Lime essential oil helps in relieving toothaches, strengthen the grip of gums on the teeth, and protect them from falling out. It also tightens loose muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness, and youth. This is because lime oil is an
8. KILLS BACTERIA, FUNGI & VIRUSES
Lime essential oil kills the big three types of pathogens- bacterial, fungal, and viral, and it is an antiparasitic as well.
For these reasons, lime oil can reduce the chances of wounds getting infected and even can help reduce acne when diluted on the skin.
Furthermore, it can cure internal bacterial infections like those in the colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract as well as external infections on the skin, ears, eyes, and wounds.