Latin name: Citrus aurantifolia
Country of origin: Mexico
Part of the plant: Rinds
Obtained by: Cold pressed
Main biochemical components*: Limonene, pinene, terpinene
Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, insecticide, astringent, refreshing, antidepressant, uplifting.
Physical uses: Respiratory congestion, coughs, colds, sore throat, infections, muscle spasms, immune support.
Skin care uses: Body odor, oily skin, minor skin infections.
Psychological uses: Mild depression, apathy, anxiety, mental fatigue.
Subtle uses: Clears energy blocks. Clears the mind.
Notes: Use Lime in a 1-5% dilution. May be sensitizing. Do not use directly on the skin when you are going to be in the sun.
Methods of Use
Bath, Foot: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring, and apply 3 more times.
Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
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