What Is Distilled Lime Essential Oil? - Oily FAQ

What Is Distilled Lime Essential Oil? - Oily FAQ

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. 

Steam Distilled Lime Essential Oil by Loving Essential Oils

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.

Distilled Lime Oil and Phototoxicity

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!!

Where to Buy Distilled Lime

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. I like to use Plant Therapy's Distilled Lime, you can see it is clearly labeled:

Lime Blends Well With

Lime essential oil can add such a lovely freshness to your DIY Essential Oil Recipes, here are some essential oils that lime blends well with:

Bergamot, Cardamom, Citronella, Clary Sage, Coriander Seed, Jasmine Absolute, Lavandin, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Mandarin, May Chang, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain, Grapefruit, Rose Absolute, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vanilla Oleoresin, and Ylang Ylang.

Lime Energy Roller Blend

Here is a favorite all natural energy roller blend made with distilled lime:

  • 2 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • 2 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • 2 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • 10 ml Jojoba Oil
  • 10 ml Roller bottle

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.

Being informed about this topic is the best way to avoid any negative effects from using lime essential oil.

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What Is Distilled Lime Essential Oil? - OILY FAQ by Loving Essential Oils

Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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