I’ve always been a Lime junkie. While all my other friends reached for Lemon or Orange, Lime was always it for me. Whether it was a color, drink, food or scent Lime is it for me. Like all citrus oils, Lime is an uplifting-happy scent but it is unique from other citrus oils in that instead of being sharp, sweet or warm, Lime is a delicate fresh scent.
Lime is one of my favorite essential oils because it is so versatile. In addition to being to use it for your mood and to support your body, you can cook with it, mix it in drinks to add an extra kick, diffuse it, and even use it to cut the scent of oils if they are too strong for you. (I’ll have some recipes for you below).
The best Lime essential oil is, Citrus aurantifolia, also known as the Key lime which comes from Brazil. Cold-pressed from the peel of fresh limes, dōTERRA Lime essential oil is refreshing and energizing in both aroma and taste.
Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleaner.
Lime is known for its ability to uplift, balance, and energize. It’s great as a pick me up when you hit that afternoon slump and still have lots to do. You can put one drop in your glass of water, diffuse it, or just smell the open bottle. You pick what works best for you…and that may be different each day.
Another great tip is to put some Lime on a cotton pad to help remove grease spots and sticker residue.
If you are like me you will have lime in different areas around the house. You will want to keep it in your kitchen by your cooking supplies, in your cleaning supplies and even in your bathroom combined with Peppermint for a odor eliminating spray that you’ll be thankful for.
Diffusing essential oils is probably the most popular and mood enhancing way to experience them. Lime essential oil naturally compliments more oils than any other oil I’ve played with. It softens the edges of more aggressive scented oils and brings oils together that usually don’t play well together. This is one of my favorite combinations to diffuse in my Aromalite diffuser on my desk. It is perfect in the morning – it is uplifting, energizing and just makes you feel good.
Cooking with Lime is a treat as well. It is one of the few oils you can add a drop and don’t have to dip a toothpick and taste for fear you’ll overpower a dish. Most of my favorite recipes have a little Lime in them. Here is one I made the other day that I loved:
- 8 drops dōTERRA lime essential oil
- 4 drops dōTERRA basil essential oil
- 1 pound medium peeled raw shrimp
- 6 Tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ¾ c fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 2 ½ cups Whipping or Heavy Cream
- ½ clove of garlic
- 3 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 lb fettuccini (I use brown rice)
- Black Pepper
- Cook the pasta per package directions.
- Warm cream in microwave for 2 minutes and set aside. In a sauce pan melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. When butter foams add flour and stir for one minute. Slowly incorporate warm cream stirring constantly. Add salt to taste (usually a good pinch of kosher salt or ½ teaspoon regular salt). When mixture thickens (coats back of spoon nicely) add parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Taste and add salt if needed and black pepper to taste. Pull from heat and add nutmeg.
- Add to drained pasta and fold in until well coated.
- Melt 2 Tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sauté the garlic with 8 drops of dōTERRA lime essential oil and 4 drops of dōTERRA basil essential oil Then quickly add the shrimp and parsley and sauté until shrimp is cooked. It should turn white and pink and will happen quickly. Do not overcook.
- Remove from the heat and serve over the top of the Fettuccini.
Some more of my favorite recipes are fajitas, margaritas, salsas and much more. You can find those recipes here:
Margarita and Fajita and Salsa. I especially like Lime in Cocktails. If you are a cocktail fan I have a Facebook group with recipes.
I could go on and on about Lime so here is the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of its other amazing benefits:
- Lime essential oil supports healthy immune function.*
- Lime promotes emotional balance and well-being.
- Add one drop to toothpastes for added cleansing properties and to promote healthy looking teeth.
- Lime essential oil blends with Cedarwood, Black Pepper, Cilantro, Lemon, Lemongrass, and Melaleuca.
- Replace sugary beverages by adding a drop of Lemon and Lime in water for a refreshing flavor.
- It may support healthy lung and respiratory function.*
- This essential oil may support the health of the brain and nervous system, while having calming properties on the nervous system.*
- It supports healthy weight management.*
- It supports healthy metabolism.*
- Lime may support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels already in the normal range.*
- It may support healthy immune function and response.*
- It supports gastrointestinal function and health and relieves occasional heartburn and indigestion.*
- Lime may support the health of the colon.*
- Lime may also help to support cardiovascular health.*
Emotionally, Lime is versatile too. It helps you connect with a zest for life on many levels. It can fill you with courage and greatfullness and helps amplify emotional development. It is especially helpful for shedding emotional toxins which you might be avoiding or repressing and helps you welcome light and joy. I created a roller ball blend just for this for when I need to be Brave.
And the best part? Lime is not super expensive so you can stock up and each little bottle will last for months!
PS: You might see others suggesting you add Lime to shampoos, body lotions and other applications. Use CAUTION as Lime is PHOTOSENSITIVE. Meaning it can make your skin burn or leave dark brown marks if the area you exposed it to is in the sun after using it.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.