Lime Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, and Recipes

Welcome to the vibrant, refreshing world of Lime Essential Oil!

If you long for an aroma that transports you to a lush, sun-dappled grove in a single whiff, you’re in for a treat. I’m thrilled to share everything there is to know about Lime Essential Oil—a magical essence that captures the essence of sweet, fruity candy. It enchants the senses with its zesty, invigorating scent and boasts a list of benefits that can rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

Lime Essential Oil Benefits

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One of my favorite uses for Lime Essential Oil is creating natural cleaning blends. As suggested by this study1, it has potent antibacterial properties and leaves your surfaces smelling unbelievably clean and fresh. It’s like bringing sunshine into your home, transforming cleaning into a delightful sensory experience.


Beyond its cleansing prowess, Lime Essential Oil also enhances emotional well-being. When inhaled, its soothing effects are immediately noticeable, promoting a sense of calm and centeredness. Research2 supports this observation, implying that this delightful essence can help reduce stress and anxiety, making it a perfect companion for meditation or any moment needing tranquility.


I love using Lime Essential Oil for a natural energy boost, which helps me seize the day. Not only is Lime Essential Oil uplifting, but this study3 suggests that it may also enhance your creativity. It’s like having a secret weapon against the morning blues, ensuring you’re not just awake but also vibrantly alive and ready to tackle whatever comes your way with a fresh perspective.

Aids Digestion

Lime Essential Oil refreshes and uplifts, while working wonders for digestive health. Citrusy aromas have been known to alleviate feelings of nausea, making it a comforting companion for those prone to motion or morning sickness. Furthermore, a fascinating study4 highlights Lime Essential Oil’s spasmolytic properties, indicating its potential to ease digestive spasms.

Cleanses Skin

Another remarkable benefit of Lime Essential Oil is its ability to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin. This natural elixir can work wonders in your skincare routine thanks to its antimicrobial properties. A compelling study5 demonstrates that Lime Essential Oil showed comparable antimicrobial activity to commercial 78% alcohol hand sanitizers. Lime Essential Oil is a gentle yet effective way to achieve a clearer complexion.

Deters Insects

An often overlooked yet incredibly beneficial property of Lime Essential Oil is its ability to naturally deter insects. A groundbreaking study6 has provided evidence of its insecticidal activities, showing Lime Essential Oil to be more effective than crude oil in controlling the Aedes aegypti mosquito, notorious for spreading dengue fever, Zika virus, and other diseases.

Lime Essential Oil Uses & Recipes

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Skincare Recipes

Lime Essential Oil can be a game-changer in your skincare regimen, bringing natural cleansing and rejuvenating properties to leave your skin looking its best. Imagine a skincare routine that purifies your skin and invigorates your senses each morning and night.

Bath & Shower Recipes

Stepping into a bath or shower infused with Lime Essential Oil can transform your routine into an invigorating spa experience. The aroma of lime envelops you in a refreshing aura that recharges your spirit and awakens your senses.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

Bringing Lime Essential Oil into your home through diffuser blends is a fantastic way to enjoy its bright, energizing aroma all day. Imagine your living space filled with lime’s crisp, exhilarating scent, instantly lifting your mood and revitalizing your environment.

Roll-on Recipes

Incorporating Lime Essential Oil into roll-on recipes is a brilliant idea for those constantly on the go or looking for a more personal application method. This method of aromatherapy allows you to enjoy the zestful essence and myriad benefits of Lime Essential Oil directly on your skin, whenever and wherever you need.

Other Aromatherapy Recipes

Lime Essential Oil is not limited to topical or diffused applications! It beautifully blends itself into aromatherapy, creating homemade candles and potpourri. Making these aromatherapy recipes can be a therapeutic activity, allowing you to customize the intensity and complement lime with other scents according to your preference.

Lime Essential Oil Blends Well With

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Lime Essential Oil has a fresh, citrusy, sweet, and slightly tart aroma. 

It blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Ho Wood, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils.

Simply Earth Blends That Use Lime Essential Oil

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Citrus Burst Blend

Aroma: Citrusy & Fresh

Citrus Burst Essential Oil Blend has a fresh, sweet, and citrusy scent that will boost your energy when needed!

Peace & Quiet Blend

Aroma: Floral & Citrusy

Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Blend is a relaxing and uplifting blend that promotes a sense of peace throughout your day.

Also Available: Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Roll-on

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

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History of Lime Essential Oil

Tracing the origins of lime is like exploring the pages of a historical mystery. While definitive answers remain elusive, many scholars lean towards the Indonesian archipelago, or possibly the nearby Asian mainland, as the birthplace of this zesty fruit. The narrative of lime’s global journey suggests a pivotal role played by Arab traders, who, around 1000 A.D., may have introduced this citrus gem to India, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Africa. This spread signifies the importance of limes in early trade routes. It highlights how cultures worldwide embraced lime, weaving it into culinary, medicinal, and spiritual practices.

Chemical Constituents


Limonene is a colorless liquid and is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. It occurs more commonly in nature as the fragrance of oranges. It is a flavoring agent in food manufacturing, a renewables-based solvent in cleaning products, a fragrance ingredient for cosmetics products, and a fragrance in perfumery and personal care products. It is also used as a botanical insecticide and organic herbicide.


Gamma-terpinene has a role as an antioxidant, a plant metabolite, a volatile oil component, and a human xenobiotic metabolite. It is a major component of essential oils made from citrus fruits and has strong antioxidant activity. It has a lemon odor and is widely used in food, flavors, soaps, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, tobacco, confectionery, and perfume industries.


β-Pinene is a monoterpene, an organic compound found in plants. It has a woody-green, pine-like smell.

What Our Earthies Think About This Oil

Simply Earth & Citrusmade Farm

If you want to experience the true essence of lime, Simply Earth’s Lime Essential Oil, sourced from Citrusmade Farm in Italy, is the perfect choice. The orchards in Sicily, where the lime trees grow, offer the ideal conditions for these delicate trees to flourish. The sunny Mediterranean climate provides just the right amount of warmth and sun, while the rich, volcanic soil ensures the lime trees have all the nutrients they need to produce high-quality essential oil. Simply Earth’s Lime Essential Oil is a must-try if you’re looking for an essential oil to fill your home with a bright and vibrant aroma.

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids 10+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA


  1. Meenakshi Nagdeve. 11 Impressive Benefits Of Lime Essential Oil
  2. S. Saiyudthong, R. Ausavarungnirun, et al. Effects of aromatherapy massage with lime essential oil on stress. 2009 Jan
  3. Scott Frothingham. 18 Essential Oils You Can Use to Boost Your Energy. 2019 Aug
  4. Dosoky NS, Setzer WN. Biological Activities and Safety of Citrus spp. Essential Oils. 2018 Jul
  5. Isra Osman Mohammed,Ayat Ahmed Alrasheid, et al. GC-MS Analysis and Study of the Antimicrobial Activity of Citrus paradisi, Citrus aurantifolia, and Citrus sinensis Peel Essential Oils as Hand Sanitizer. 2024 Jan