LIME ESSENTIAL OIL BENEFITS: FIGHT CANCER, SOOTHE INFLAMMATION, BOOST MOOD AND MORE!
How can you use the essence of lime to improve your wellness? Here is your categorized discussion of some of lime’s amazing health benefits.
COUNTER ACT STRESS EFFECTS WITH LIME
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CAN LIME ESSENTIAL OIL ADDRESS WEIGHT LOSS STRUGGLES?
You've probably seen the recommendations to drink fresh lemon or lime beverages to help lose weight. But lime essential oil is an even more concentrated, and, though it has a different chemical profile than the juice, may contribute to weight-loss efforts as well. It's one of my seven top essential oils for weight loss support!
Lime essential oil has been proven to help prevent weight gain in this murine study. In another study, subjects were given capsules with lime essential oil before lunch and dinner, and capsules of coriander seed after lunch and dinner. Even with no additional lifestyle changes, they showed significant weight loss in just a few weeks. Those who were given higher doses lost the most weight on average.
D-limonene was shown in this study to help prevent and treat high triglyceride (fat) levels, high cholesterol levels and in this murine study, helped balance high blood sugar levels. This was true even in subjects consuming a terrible diet and who already carried excessive weight.
This information obviously is not meant to encourage poor food choices, but rather to offer hope that essential oil therapy for weight loss can offer great results. Starting from where you are, even if you feel you haven’t completely fixed your diet yet, is important. Make simple switches in your sweeteners, your meat, and look for healthy recipes your family will enjoy.
LIME ESSENTIAL OIL BENEFITS INFLAMMATION
- certain cancers
- Crohn's disease
- hay fever
- active hepatitis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- chronic peptic ulcer
- ulcerative colitis
Citrus oils such as lime essential oil are proven by peer- reviewed studies in mice to be active, safe, and effective anti-inflammatory agents. They seem to specifically address inflammation at its cellular source.
If you or a loved one suffers from an inflammatory condition, add lime essential oil to your daily diffuser blend, uplifting room spray, or pillow sachet to support healing.
ANTI-AGING ANTIOXIDANTS IN LIME ESSENTIAL OILS
This means, one of our our favorite essential oil roll-ons not only treats visible signs of aging, but some of the physical deterioration as well if it is caused by oxidative stress. And of course the antimicrobial benefits makes it great for healthy homemade deodorants and other body-care recipes.
WHAT ARE LIME ESSENTIAL OIL BENEFITS FOR MAJOR HEALTH CONCERNS?
Cancer fighting. Lime essential oil has been shown to fight cancer cells in general. Lime juice has also been shown in vitro to specifically target pancreatic cancer cells — among the most painful and difficult cancers to treat. Breast cancer cells are also destroyed by components present in lime essential oil.
HOW WERE LIMES USED IN HISTORY?
The original vitamin C supplement? British explorers frequently carried limes aboard ship to prevent scurvy. All citrus fruits are well known to protect against this unpleasant, but completely preventable disease. Some captains are said to have felt so strongly about the necessity of preventing scurvy that they ordered every crew member to eat a lime, including a bite of the peel on a fixed schedule. Most of a lime’s volatile oils and vitamin C are in the peel, so this was a wise practice.
Dried lime. People in semi-tropical climates have long relied upon this food preservative and flavoring to help prevent food borne pathogens long before refrigeration was available. Whole limes were kiln- or oven- dried, then broken and crumbled onto meat as needed.
Dried lime has also been simmered in oil warmers for house blessing— this may have been the ancient precursor to modern essential oil diffusers. Lime is still used effectively to preserve food and to brighten the energy in our homes.
Preserved lime. Crushed in a jar with salt and left to naturally ferment, or pickle itself, lactic acid preserved limes and lemons were probably the first foods ever cultured specifically for their probiotic benefits. When traditionally prepared by this method, limes (and lemons) and their peels lose their sharp bitter bite.
The flavors meld with the fruit into a slightly salty, mellow, sweet-tart condiment that is still popular worldwide today. Who knew citrus fruit could provide your daily dose of good bacteria?
Natural insecticide. Lime essence makes a note-worthy insecticide—it successfully kills the vermin responsible for grain damage among others, such as mosquitoes. When properly diluted and applied, steam distilled lime essential oil may be a good tool in your insect repellent arsenal.
IS THERE A DOWNSIDE TO LIME?
There is a lot of buzz in the essential oil world regarding photosensitivity of skin after using citrus oils. It is true that expressed/pressed citrus oils can cause you to be very susceptible to sunburn for hours after application, and they are really only appropriate for products that are well diluted, used in the evening, and washed off in the morning (or that are used on completely unexposed skin).
So, there is no downside at all? Actually, there is one caveat. Here, kitty, kitty.
Some cats may be extremely sensitive to essential oils—especially citrus essential oils such as lime or key lime. See more about our recommendations for using essential oils for animals in this post with Dr Janet Roark.
The GRAS is always greener… the GRAS designation means that upon inspection for safety, a product or ingredient is Generally Recognized As Safe. Steam distilled, fresh lime essential oil received the GRAS designation, such as the exclusive non-GMO certified GRAS hyper-organic ingestible Vitality Line from Young Living.
Remember, dilute essential oils appropriately for maximum safety. xo, AP
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