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Botanical Name of Lime: Citrus aurantifolia
Synonyms: Citrus medica var. acida and C. Latifolia, key lime
About Lime: Lime is often used a general term referring to many different citrus fruits which are small, spherical, yellow or green in colour and have lot of vitamin C rich juice inside their pulp. Most common usage of Lime is in food and drinks. It adds flavour to different kind of foods and drinks. Often Lime drinks are known to be quite refreshing. Lime tree is a shrub which grows up to 16 feet in height. There is also dwarf variety of tree which is quite common to be grown indoors in cooler climatic conditions or in winters. May to September is the season when limes are grown in abundance.
History of Lime: Lime is known to be the native of South East Asia and still this region remains the most dominant supplier of limes. Indian is the leading supplier of the Limes in the world today closely followed by Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. From south-east Asia lime moved to Middle East and North Africa before entering into Europe. Sicily was the first region of Europe to be bought under cultivation of Limes. From here it moved to the Caribbean and then spread to both North and South of the American continent. The origin of word Lime can be traced in Arabic and Persian words of ‘lima’ and ‘limu’.
Properties of Lime Oil: There are two different ways in which Lime essential oil can be extracted. It can be done either by steam distillation of the entire ripe fruit or through cold pressing of unripe peel or the skin. The main chemical constituents of Lime essential oil include: alpha pinene, beta pinene, limonene, terpinolene, linalool, citral, gernayl acetate, 1,8 cineole, myrcene, borneol, etc.
Health Benefits and Applications Lime Oil:
Lime Oil is known to have number of benefits, some of the important ones include:
Anti Septic: One of the best known properties of Lime essential oil is its anti-septic qualities which make it very effective to treat skin wounds and infections in throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and respiratory tracts.
Anti Viral: This essential Oil also has properties which fight various viruses which can cause common cold, measles, mumps, etc.
Astringent: Astringent qualities of lime essential oil are helpful in curing tooth aches, weaker gums, loose muscles, diarrhoea, etc.
Aperitif: Aperitif means something which can increase your appetite. The mere smell of fresh lime can bring water to your mouth stimulating digestive juices inside your stomach even before you start your meal.
Bactericidal: The problems cause in our body (outside or inside) which are due to effects of bacterial infections can be effectively treated using Lime essential oil.
Other therapeutic properties of Lime Oil that make it useful are; Disinfectant, Febrifuge, Haemostatic, Restorative, Tonic, anti depressant, anti arthritic, etc.
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