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Lime essential oil is a tonic, bright, soft-acting oil from
the citrus group, preserving both properties characteristic of the whole family
and possessing unique abilities. It is distinguished by a complex, pleasant
aroma with a spicy bitterness, which is perfectly perceived in perfume
compositions and captivates with much brighter overtones than an ether similar
in properties, but not in the nature of the lemon. Tonic, bright and optimistic
lime oil is non-toxic and suitable for universal use.
Lime essential oil is produced by two methods that determine
their composition and characteristics.
Terpenic, the most active and concentrated in terms of both
aroma and effect of oil, are produced by cold pressing (squeezing), which also
adds very valuable non-volatile components to the standard composition.
Softer, unsaturated and completely devoid of unsaponifiable
parts esters are extracted by steam distillation.
Cold pressing is considered more preferable than steam
distillation, and the oils obtained by this method are better and more
To obtain the oil, both whole fruits and exclusively the
skin of the fruits are used. The production uses exclusively unripe peels.
Ethers from peel alone are considered better.
The composition of lime oils is dominated by terpene
compounds classic for citrus, in particular pinen, terpinene, terpineols of
various forms. The oil extracted by cold pressing has a noticeable admixture of
volatile and crystalline precipitating components, in particular limetin.
This oil is stored for slightly longer than other citrus
fruits: subject to the recommended temperatures and lighting, it does not lose
its properties for 12 months. The ether obtained by cold pressing,
unsaponifiable fractions crystallize over time, it is stored in cold and dark.
The color of the oil, like other external characteristics,
is determined by the method of production. As a result of steam distillation, a
whitish, slightly cloudy or transparent yellowish oil is obtained. As a result
of cold pressing - green or yellowish, absolutely transparent, containing
Like all citrus oils, lime is fluid, very liquid.
The smell of oil is significantly affected by the method of
its production. Obtained by cold pressing is more sweet, refreshingly bitter,
its smell reminds of citrus peels. Steam distillation allows you to get the
ether with a sharp refreshing smell, in which the citrus base is felt much
weaker, captured only as overtones.
The aroma of the oil is fresh, associated with greens and
juicy fruits, bitter, complex, refined, piquant, with a sweet-lollipop base
that appears after the sour and sharp upper tones. The aroma is based on
floral-vanilla, hardly distinguishable tart shades that appear right behind the
Lime oil is ranked among the “softest” citrus oils. The
phototoxic effect so characteristic of citrus fruits is possessed only by cold
pressed oils. They can not be used before going outside in sunny weather. The
rest of the ether does not cause irritation and unpleasant effects on the skin.
There are no contraindications to the use of this oil.
It is not recommended to be applied to the skin in its pure
form: even when used for acupressure, it should be diluted with base oil to
soften the effect.