The captivating, zesty scent of lime essential oil is stimulating and refreshing to the senses. It’s no coincidence that many of the drinks we serve on a summer holiday contain this uplifting ingredient! Lime essential oil is known for being energising and promoting feelings of emotional balance and wellbeing. I like to use it if I have an important call to make as the properties of lime clear the head and aid in decision-making.

What is lime essential oil?

Key lime (scientific name: Citrus aurantifolia), is a small, shrubby tree that has leaves, thorns, and flowers. The Key lime fruit is typically ripe when the flowers of the tree have blossomed. After the citrus aurantifolia is harvested, the peel is cold pressed to produce a tart, refreshing essential oil.

One of the primary constituents of lime essential oil, beta pinene, is thought to have an effect on the monoaminergic system of the brain, which impacts how the brain creates chemicals and neurotransmitters.

Lime essential oil also includes the chemical constituent limonene, which contributes to lime’s cleansing properties.

Where does lime essential oil come from?

Limes are hybrids of other citrus, including the citron, the mandarin orange, and the pomelo. Wild limes are thought to have originated in the Indonesian archipelago or possibly the mainland of Asia.

Christopher Columbus is reported to have transported citrus seeds, probably including limes, to the West Indies on his second voyage in 1493, and the trees quickly became popular in the West Indies, Florida and Mexico. Limes contain high levels of vitamin C and were formerly used in the British navy to prevent scurvy, which led to the nickname “limey.”

Lime essential oil brings a sense of happiness and an energising boost.

What are the benefits of using lime essential oil?

The chemical makeup of lime is what makes this essential oil so fragrant, uplifting and stimulating. Used in the diffuser, it brings a sense of happiness and an energising boost. This refreshing oil may also be diffused during periods of low motivation or decreased energy and focus.

Lime essential oil has natural antiseptic properties, making it a fabulous household cleaner. Due to its high limonene content, lime essential oil is also a natural antioxidant.

Lime oil blends well with spicy or woody essential oils, such as cedarwood or black Pepper, for a stimulating scent. Lime essential oil also works well with herbaceous oils, such as cilantro or basil. For a bright, inviting aroma, consider blending lime oil with lavender, grapefruit, or ylang ylang.

Sunshine exposure and using citrus oils:

It’s important to remember that there are some cases where using citrus oils, such as lime essential oil, can make your skin more sensitive to irritation from the sun. It’s best to avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying the essential oil to the skin.


Pete’s five favourite ways to use lime essential oil

  • 01

    Home spray
    Combine lemon, grapefruit, and lime oil with distilled water into a glass spray bottle and spray the concoction around your home or any area that could use a more cheerful scent.

  • 02

    Head massage
    To use lime oil for hair, just combine with a few drops of Melaleuca and give yourself a scalp massage in the shower.

  • 03

    Body scrub
    Add ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup turbinado sugar, ½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, 10 drops lime oil and 5 drops ginger oil in a bowl. Stir until well combined. Apply a small amount to hands and scrub for 30 seconds, or until sugar dissolves. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

  • 04

    Mood enhancer
    Diffuse lime oil on days when you need to centre and balance your emotions, or if you aren’t feeling your best. Or when you simply want to cleanse the air in your home.

  • 05

    Place a few drops of lime on a rag to help remove any stubborn, sticky residue.

Want to use lime essential oil to support healthy living?

Health Disclaimer

Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.

doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.