The lime is a citrus, hybrid fruit which is known for its acidic juice. It comes in different varieties but is known for its rich Vitamin C content and due to its flavor it is frequently used as an ingredient in both drinks and food, but its oil has a number of other important benefits.
Origins of Lime
The origin of limes is disputed by some historians. However, it is generally believed that this fruit originated in Southeast Asia, possibly Indonesia, where it was eventually taken to the North Africa and cultivated there and in other parts of the Mediterranean. Scurvy was a problem for European sailors during the Age of Exploration and lime was one of the fruits used to prevent it.
Its usage was considered a military secret at the time as it allowed navies to operate for weeks or months at sea. Lime grows on trees which are small and shrubby and is popular in Florida as it is an ingredient in Key lime pie. Lime can be harvested and when this occurs the peel will often be cold pressed so that its essential oil is produced.
Health Benefits of Lime
Lime is a purifier, which means that it can be used for internal or external cleaning. When consumed it will boost the immune system, and can be added to drinks to improve the flavor while serving as an antioxidant. Lime essential oil contains antimicrobial properties, which makes it excellent for cleaning the home. It can also be applied to the body, particularly the hair, and when mixed with Melaleuca will provide your scalp with a fabulous massage. This oil has also been found to make the skin softer and exfoliated when exposed to it.
A Look at Lime Essential Oils
Lime oil is incredibly diverse when it comes to its potential uses. This has made it famous for culinary purposes. For instance, it can be added to chicken to produce a sweet flavor, and some people have used it as an ingredient in a variety of sauces. Those who enjoy sweet beverages will enjoy lime, as it is a natural sweetener which is free of the many adverse side effects which are associated with sugar and other processed goods. Lime can be added to smoothies, wine coolers and other alcoholic beverages. Homemade drinks using lime are often superior to the lemonade you’ll find in the grocery store, which is typically full of preservatives.
Lime has a wonderful scent, which has further increased the number of ways in which it can be used. When diffused the oil has been found to enhance mood, acting as a type of natural antidepressant. It is known for promoting emotional balance, and can be used at times when you feel down. If you’re looking for a product that will boost your spirit, lime is it, and it can be used to clean your hands or countertop. While many people continue to use processed cleaners with harmful chemicals lime is a natural cleaner that is safe to use and smells wonderful.