Lime Essential Oil
Bright. Refreshing. Tropical. Vibrant. Invigorating. All you could ask for from a totally affordable favorite.
Even before I fell in love with Lime essential oil, I added copious amounts of lime juice to everything: club soda, super-limey cherry limeades, salsa, guacamole, tons of side dishes, salads, smoothies, and desserts.
But what is one to do when they need more lime flavor, but without the acidic pucker-effect? Let all the chefs sing a resounding: "ZEST"! Of course. You zest the lime. But...what if you only have one lime left, and the peel is all brown, wrinkled and tough, unable to yield even a single thread of zest? The answer...
In my world, summer would not be summer without Lime oil. Just one drop gives you the most refreshing and bright citrusy flavor, without the uber-sourness of too much lime juice.
While it's true that everything's better with lemon (no matter what the season), its cousin lime becomes my summer go-to. Lime Vitality oil lends it unique, summery flavor to so many drinks, Mexican foods, Asian foods, and desserts that emerge from my kitchen.
Therapeutic Benefits of Lime Essential Oil
Besides its incredible flavor, Lime essential oil (along with other citrus oils) has been shown to possess cleansing properties for the body, and can contribute to:
- digestive health
- healthy brain/neurotransmitter function
- the protection of cells from oxidative damage, due to its incredibly high amount of antioxidants.
It has lots of d-limonene in it, as do all citrus oils. Google it - it's one powerful consitutent!
An easy way to get Lime oil in your system is to drink it. Add a drop to your glass or stainless steel water bottle for a super easy, non-acidic boost of health and flavor. (But make sure you're only using the highest quality essential oil available if you're going to ingest it. Here's why it matters.)
Emotional Benefits of Lime Oil
Moreover, citrus oils including Lime oil have been shown in double-blind studies to lower occasional anxiety, uplift one's mood and increase one's optimism. Dr. Carolyn Mein in her Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils reports that Lime essential oil is effective in releasing the specific emotions of feeling "belittled" and "unmotivated."
For these reasons, Lime essential oil is one of the main oils in the blend StressAway (which is included in the Premium Starter Kit!). This amazing blend is a must-have if you're a human with blood pressure, heart rate, and emotions. It smells like a tropical vacation, but due to the oils that were carefully selected for the blend, it probably can do your whole system a whole lot more good than you ever imagined possible with just a few drops.
Diffusing Lime Oil
All the studies on citrus oils and their effects on the human brain, stress responses, and mood assessed the effects of inhalation of those oils.
Rubbing a drop between your palms, putting a drop on diffuser jewelry, or using a diffuser are all methods of inhalation.
This means that those tiny, powerful molecules are going airborne and straight up your nose, coming in contact with your brain. This affects your limbic system - which houses the seat of your emotions and your flight-fight-freeze response. So cool!
(You can also rub Lime oil on your skin topically. But if you're going to be hanging out in the sun, make sure to put it on under your clothes because citrus oils intensify the sun's rays and can leave a finger-swipe shaped sunburn!)
Food and Drinks with Lime Vitality
Now let's get down and party with Lime! This little bottle is sure to give your summer gatherings that "WOW" factor with just a couple drops.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes for Lime Vitality oil:
- Sparkling Water with Lime
- Blueberry Lime Smoothie
- Pineapple Pico de Gallo
- Best Fresh Salsa Ever
- Easiest Salsa Ever
- Gin & Tonic
- Simply Perfect Margarita
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Sparkling Water with Lime
When plain old water just doesn't cut it, add some bubbles.
Then add a drop or two of Lime Vitality oil. It will change your life.
Blueberry Lime Smoothie
Protein, greens, antioxidants, good fats, and a healthy dose of d-limonene...all in one smoothie! The Vitamin C in the blueberries helps you absorb the iron in the spinach, and the good fat in the coconut oil helps you absorb the Vitamins A & K in the spinach.
- 1 c spinach
- 3/4 c frozen blueberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (the better it tastes, the better your smoothie!)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or flax seed oil)
- 1 c milk alternative
- 2 drops Lime Vitality oil
- 1/2 peeled lime (optional- if you want more of a tangy taste than a "milkshake" taste)
Add ingredients to blender, putting the spinach in first.
Blend well and drink from a GLASS, not plastic, cup.
Pineapple Pico de Gallo
Fruity, fresh, and zesty. I love this as an alternative to regular salsa, or as a topping on fish tacos. The garlic, salt and pepper balance out the fruitiness of the pineapple. (Be sure to use a microplane if you want to avoid raw chunks of garlic!)
- 1 1/2 c diced pineapple (this is the easiest way I've found to tackle it)
- 1 c diced cucumber
- 1/2 minced jalapeno, seeds removed for milder version
- 1/4 c cilantro, chopped finely
- 2 Tbsp lime juice (or, can sub vinegar if you're limeless, but still using the Lime oil)
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 2 drops Lime Vitality oil
- 1/4 tsp each salt & pepper
Chop the pico ingredients and combine in a bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a glass jar, drizzle over pico, and serve.
Best Fresh Salsa Ever
- 1/2 medium onion, sliced
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed (or 1 tbsp jalapenos from a jar)
- 1/4 cup cilantro sprigs, chopped
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 3 drops Lime Vitality oil
Dump in a food processor. Pulse til it's the consistency you like. (Tip: If you hate big chunks of onion like I do, add it to the food processor first and pulse to get it chopped fine, then add all the other ingredients.)
Tastiest Cheap & Easy Salsa Ever
- A jar of any storebought salsa
- 3-4 drops Lime Vitality
- Pinch of salt.
Mix & serve.
Simply Perfect Margarita
- 2 oz white Tequila
- 2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz Agave nectar (or simple syrup)
- 2 drops Lime Vitality oil
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 15 seconds (or- blend with 1 cup ice in a high-powered blender) & serve in salt-rimmed glass.
Gin & Tonic
- 1 drop Lime Vitality
- 2 lime wedges
- 2 oz gin
- 3 oz tonic water
Squeeze the lime wedges over ice, and add Lime Vitality oil, gin, and tonic water. Stir.
So there you have it - seven reasons to invite Lime Vitality to your next summer shebang.
Many more recipes to come!