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C. medica var. acida, C.latifolia, Mexican lime, West Indian lime, sour lime.
Cold expression of the peel of the unripe fruit
Native to south Asia cultivated in Florida, the West Indies, Central America and Italy.
A small evergreen tree up to 4.5 metres high, stiff sharp spines. Pale green colour, half the size of a lemon.
A pale yellow/olive-green liquid, sweet odour. A water-white or pale yellow liquid with fresh scent.
Was used in place of lemon for: fever, infections, sore throats etc. Calming, soothing, clearing, balancing, tonic.
Blends well with
Neroli, citronella, lavender, lavendin, rosemary, clary sage.
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. The expressed ‘peel’ oil is phototoxic – ours is distilled.
Main chemical constituents
Limonene, pinenes, camphene, sabinene, citral, cymene, cineols and linalool.
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.