The scent of warmth – lime essential oil

The aroma of lime evokes a connection to a happy and exciting time in my life.

When I smell this vibrant and bright oil, I find myself transported to Thailand – that's where I spent a warm June several years ago. I close my eyes and inhale the bright, green aroma and immediately feel a balmy breeze on my face bringing aromas sweet and sharp to awaken my senses. Every day, I would wash my hands in an herbal combination of lime, cardamom and basil and these aromas would linger with me throughout the day. 

An ideal essential oil to awaken the senses after the winter months, lime essential oil is a bright and happy citrus oil with a distinct aroma. Used in aroma blends and personal care recipes alike, lime is useful in aroma contribution and emotional effect. One of my favorite ways to use lime is in shower applications like body scrubs and washes. However, lime is an oil that requires a bit of caution depending on how it was extracted from the zest of the fruit (where the essential oil comes from). Also, different extraction methods result in different aromas – even from the same plant – which is a cool aromatic fact!

Cold-pressed lime

Cold-pressed lime has an aroma that is reminiscent of the fresh peel. Tart and zesty, this is a citrus oil that stands apart from the others. It is a popular oil to use in surface-cleaning recipes and in fragrance blends due to its cleansing properties and aroma. Because it is one of the more phototoxic oils (making our skin more prone to sunburns), caution and consideration are advised when using the oil in skin applications before sun exposure.

Organic steam-distilled lime

Organic steam distilled lime has an aroma that is sweet and fruity. The different extraction process of this oil makes it more suitable for use in natural skin care as it is not phototoxic. The sweeter aroma is also more pleasing, especially to children. Suitable for diffusions and aroma blends alike, this new organic oil has the potential to be a crowd pleaser.

Lime essential oil goes well with many other essential oils, including (but not limited to); lavender, sweet orange, patchouli, vetiver, frankincense, sandalwood, geranium, clary sage, rose, vanilla, marjoram, peppermint and spearmint. 

One of my favorite recipes to make at home involves the use of lime in a body scrub. This is the perfect personal care recipe to contribute to a relaxing weekend out or to take on vacation. Or, if you want to give your fun night out a boost, consider whipping this up before you head out to celebrate.

Charlynn Avery
Contributor & Founding Member

An avid aroma enthusiast, I have devoted my career to understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit. I come from a diverse background in education, health and wellness and have practiced and taught in the arenas of bodywork, holistic therapies, yoga and plant medicine. I've been teaching about essential oil usage for 14 years with the last six years at Frontier Co-op educating about essential oils on behalf of the Aura Cacia brand. My passions are my family, reading, writing, gardening, natural healing, yoga, hiking, & travel. I believe the world is made a better place by small acts of kindness.

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Diana A 1850689565

March 19, 2019 - 10:24am

Thanks for reminding me of why I love the smell of lime so much. It is the smell of happy!

Helen P 2088543275

January 29, 2019 - 1:38pm

Thank you for teaching the differences

Linda By

July 26, 2018 - 1:40pm

Washing the hands with lime, cardamom and basil - what a beautiful ceremony!


June 29, 2018 - 5:18am

I just know this aroma would rejuvenate me mentally andphysically. I can’t wait to try it.

Constance M 977760611

June 27, 2018 - 8:09am

I love lime and basil ☺️


May 3, 2018 - 1:09pm

Just about one of my favorite combos is LIME and CLOVE. Oh my.

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