|Latin name||Citrus aurantifolia|
|Synonyms||C. medica var. acida, C.latifolia, Mexican lime, West Indian lime, sour lime.|
|Extraction||Cold expression of the peel of the unripe fruit|
|Origin||Native to south Asia cultivated in Florida, the West Indies, Central America and Italy.|
|Plant characteristics||A small evergreen tree up to 4.5 metres high, stiff sharp spines. Pale green colour, half the size of a lemon.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow/olive-green liquid, sweet odour. A water-white or pale yellow liquid with fresh scent.|
|Traditional use||Was used in place of lemon for: fever, infections, sore throats etc. Calming, soothing, clearing, balancing, tonic.|
|Blends well with||Neroli, citronella, lavender, lavendin, rosemary, clary sage essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. The expressed ‘peel’ oil is phototoxic – ours is distilled.|
|Main chemical constituents||Limonene, pinenes, camphene, sabinene, citral, cymene, cineols and linalool.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.