Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Lime is the fruit of tropical citrus tree closely related to lemons. It is native to South-East Asia, and probably originated in Indonesia or Malaysia. The fruit is about 5-8 cm in diameter, oval to nearly globular in shape, often with a small apical nipple; the peel is thin and greenish yellow when the fruit is ripe. The pulp is tender, juicy, yellowish green in colour, and decidedly acid. Limes exceed lemons in both acid and sugar content. There are, however, some varieties so lacking in citric acid that they are known as sweet limes. The lime fruit is a key ingredient in certain pickles and chutneys. Juice of the lime is used to flavour drinks, food, and confections. Limeade and other lime-flavoured drinks have a flavour and bouquet quite distinct from those made from lemons. The juice may be concentrated, dried, frozen, or canned. Lime oil is processed mainly in the West Indies. Citrate of lime and citric acid are also prepared from the fruit. The essential oil that is cold-pressed from the lime peel is yellowish-green and is the preferred method of extraction in aromatherapy. Lime can stimulate clear breathing, stimulate appetite and aid in digestive health.

Lime pure essential oil is an excellent antiseptic oil. It has been used for many conditions, from breathing, to acne, and just for self-care and well-being. With its pleasantly citrus scent, it is a must for everyday well-being.