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of plant used:||Fruit peel|
Name:||Citrus Aurantifolia |
bitter-sweet, sharp and lingering |
Lime Essential Oil:
The best Lime Essential Oil is hand
expressed. Limes are cultivated in most tropical regions, starting in the West
Indies originally for the juice and fresh fruit, only later for the oil
that is extensively used in the perfume industry and to flavor soft drinks.
Here to go to the Lime herb page for more information
Essential Oil Properties and Uses:
Essential Oil Constituents:
Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect
noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an
antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these
properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb.
Limonene also has antiviral properties.
Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus
specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed
in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by
Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system.
Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have
diuretic properties by many.
Sabinene: No current data available
Beta-bisabolene: No current data available
Bergamotene: No current data available
Terpinolene: No current data available
Citral: A Monoterpene Aldehyde consisting of isomers geranial
and neral which combined are known as Citral.
Citral has sedative,
antiviral and antibacterial effects.
Aldehydes: Aldehydes are a class of highly reactive chemical
compounds that are intermediate between acids and alcohols, containing less
hydrogen than alcohols and less oxygen than acids.
Aldehydes are mostly irritants and can cause skin
irritation in even when diluted. Monoterpene Aldehydes are geranial,
citronellal, citral (which is responsible for the sharp distinctive citric
smell) while Cyclic Aldehydes are also known as aromatic Aldehydes have far more
cloying and sweet smells like Cinnamic Aldehyde and Benzaldehyde, which are
Cyclic Aldehydes, widely used in the perfume industry.
If ingested aldehydes are very irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing
nausea and diarrhoea.
For further detail see specific aldehydes:
Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely
distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous
system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a
sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin
complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.
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studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb or oil should not be
used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where
possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
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