Do you know what Distilled Lime Essential Oil is? You may have heard the term "distilled lime" and not known exactly what it was or how it differs from lime essential oil. This post will help clear it up!
Lime essential oil (Citrus aurantifolia) is a favorite citrus oil that calms and clears the mind. It has such a bright and stimulating aroma that has amazing cleansing properties. Some other favorite properties of lime include anti-depressant, emotionally cleansing, and digestive aid.
Distilled Lime Essential Oil
Distilled lime oil (aka steam distilled lime oil) just means that the method used to obtain the essential oil was through a steam distillation process. Why does this matter?
Steam distilled lime oil is not photo-toxic.
Majority of the citrus essential oils are obtained using cold pressed extraction from the rind of the fruit, and that is true about lime essential oil too.
When produced using the cold pressed method (aka expressed), the lime essential oil is phototoxic.
Phototoxic essential oils, when used topically on skin, can cause skin damage if that skin is then exposed to sun light (or tanning beds). This is because certain natural essential oil constituents react when exposed to UV light. This kind of phototoxic damage to the skin can be permanent, which is a scary thought.
To keep usage safe with expressed lime when using topically, it should be diluted to 0.7% or less - That's about 4.2 drops of Expressed Lime Oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil.
The great thing about distilled lime is that when obtained through the steam distillation method, the constituent that causes phototoxicity is not present...that is why steam distilled lime essential oil is not phototoxic.
This is great news because that means distilled lime can be applied topically without concern about sun exposure!!
Lime Essential Oil for Skin Care
Lime essential oil is a great natural ingredient for skincare. Not only will it brighten and revitalize your skin, but it will also help to reduce signs of aging by fighting free radicals.Be sure to only use steam distilled lime for your skincare needs so you can avoid sun sensitivity from the oil.
It has a high content of vitamin C which helps fight wrinkles, improve elasticity, and produce collagen. Lime essential oil has antibacterial properties which make it perfect for acne prone skin, as well as dry, flaky patches of skin.
Here are some ways to use lime essential oil in skincare:
- Add one drop into your moisturizer before applying.
- Apply on the skin as needed, mix with coconut oil for diluting and for extra benefits.
- Add a few drops into your bath water to detoxify the body while you relax and rejuvenate yourself.
- Inhale from the bottle for overall wellness benefits, stress reduction from aromatherapy can help your skin too!
The scent of lime is also quite refreshing and uplifting, making it the perfect thing to apply before bedtime or in the morning to start your day off on a positive note!
Where to Buy Distilled Lime Essential Oil?
When it comes to buying lime essential oil, look at the label to see if it states that it is steam distilled. If it is steam distilled, this should be noted on the label.
Lime Blends Well With
Lime essential oil can add such a lovely freshness to your DIY Essential Oil Recipes, there are many essential oils that lime blends well with:
- Clary Sage
- Coriander Seed
- Jasmine Absolute
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- May Chang
- Sweet Orange
- Rose Absolute
- Vanilla Oleoresin
- Ylang Ylang
Lime Energy Roller Blend
Give this easy recipe a try next time you need some extra energy in your life! Here is a favorite all natural energy roller blend made with distilled lime:
Add essential oil drops to roller bottle, fill the rest of bottle with jojoba oil. Place rollerball on, roll bottle between palms of hands to blend together. To use, roll on forearms and wrists, take a few deep breaths to inhale the aroma. 3% dilution.
Distilled vs Cold Pressed Lime
In summary, Steam Distilled Lime Oil, unlike Cold Pressed Lime Oil, is not phototoxic. It is the best type to buy if you will be applying it to your skin. If you are mainly using for aromatic purposes then cold pressed lime is just fine.
Lime essential oil is a wonderful addition to your skincare routine. It's perfect for those who are looking for an all natural skincare product that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!Just be safe and ensure that you are using steam distilled lime on your skin if you will be in the sun.
Being informed about this topic is the best way to avoid any negative effects from using lime essential oil.
Where to Buy Essential Oils
Essential oils are great because not only do they make you feel good physically but mentally as well. I love having them around since they have so many benefits like clearing the air of bad odors, improving moods by releasing calming scents in your home or office for instance!
We are frequently asked what essential oil brand we like, here are some of our favorites: