“ Brand: Holland and Barrett / Type: Essential Oil / Dosage Form: Oil „
I was given this essential oil by my friend as a present, I know she got it from Holland and Barrett by the packaging, so I am not sure how much it retails for. Lime oil is extracted from Citrus aurantifolia (also known as Citrus medica var. acida and C. latifolia) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as Mexican and West Indian lime, as well as sour lime. It has a clear smell of citrus oil that can help lift depression and lighten your mood when feeling blue. It can also be used to fight cellulite and to tone your skin. Generally Lime Oil is Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing if the oil is obtained by steam extraction however, the oil obtained from cold expression can cause photosensitivity in strong sunshine and can irritate the skin. Lime oil has many wonderful properties including being used as an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative and tonic. It can also be useful to cool fevers associated with colds, sore throats and flu and aids the immune system while easing coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis, as well as helping asthma. Lime oil can stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression. It can be helpful for arthritis, rheumatism and poor circulation, as well as for obesity and cellulite and has an astringent and toning action to clear oily skin and acne, and also helps with herpes, insect bites and cuts. Lime essential oil blends well with neroli, lavender, clary sage and ylang-ylang. I use my oil mainly in a burner to lift my mood after a hard day at work and I also made up a tonic using almond oil as my base carrier oil, with some lavender, as I love the smell, and use it as a body oil, it helps to moisturize my skin and leaves it soft. Overall I would recommend this oil to others as it is versatile, smells great and has a number of uses, more of which I need to explore.
As you are probably aware, I have a real passion for burning beautifully scented candles and oils and tend to burn spicy aromas during the winter months and zesty fresh fragrances during the warmer weather. It was only a couple of months ago that I was aware that I could purchase lime essential oil, so it was immediately added to my shopping list and purchased from Holland and Barrett a couple of days later. I have now had time to try and test my new purchase and this review discusses my experience with using the oil. WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS? I'd like to begin my review by briefly discussing essential oils, which we will find in many of our toiletries and it was only a few years ago that I learned of their true benefits. Essential oils, which are used to improve our wellbeing are liquids obtained from the aromatic leaves, flowers or fruits from plants, which is normally carried out by steaming. By carrying out this process, the most natural and genuine essence of the plant is obtained, which is a concentrated liquid offering an extremely strong fragrance with a little of the oil going a very long way. Essential Oils have been used as far back as Ancient Egyptian times, as each of the oils offers different properties to assist with an array of conditions. They can be used on the skin with carrier oils, such as almond or grape seed to promote absorption into the skin. If you are familiar with essential oils you will be aware of the vast price difference dependent on the oils you choose, with lavender costing you around £3 and frankincense close to £10. I learned that lime oil, which was originally from Asia, is now cultivated in countries such as Italy and The West Indies. The lime fruits are removed from the evergreen tree and it can be obtained in two ways - either by distilling the peel and the entire fruit or by expression of the unripe skin. MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING LIME OIL When I went in search of the oil in my local Holland and Barrett, I experienced major difficulties, particularly as there were dozens upon dozens of boxes of oils on the shelf and as a result, I had to call for assistance. The oil is presented to us in a small yet brightly coloured cardboard box; the appearance of which is very calming and relaxing on the eye. The front of the packaging is blue and orange with the side showing images of trees with a most wonderful blue sky in the background. Inside the box is a brown glass bottle containing 10 ml of oil with an accompanying booklet, which provides details on its' usage. I had two main reasons for wanting this oil; one of which was to add a few drops to water into my oil burner and to let the zesty aroma fill my room. The other was to add a few drops to my bath, particularly for those times when I did not want to make myself feel relaxed and sleepy. Many years ago my favoured method of scenting a room was with a light bulb ring, which was similar in appearance to a large polo mint with a reservoir and needed to be filled with both water and oil. The ring was then placed onto a cold light bulb, which when switched on released the vapours into the room. However, this method was quite disastrous for me, as I often found myself spilling the oil and these days with most of us using awkwardly shaped energy saving light bulbs this would no longer be possible. Consequently, an oil burner and a tea light is the safest and cleanest method and within approximately ten minutes of lighting the candle the room is filled with the most gorgeous zesty aroma. I often mix the lime oil with lemon to create a favourable combination, which again is both very refreshing and uplifting with the aroma lasting for ages as well as travelling to the upstairs of my home. Through my research I discovered that lime oil is extremely beneficial for colds and sore throats and what I found very interesting is that it is known for its' properties to boost the immune system. I have mentioned in a few of my previous reviews that my immune system is somewhat weakened due to an underlying medical condition and I am in the process of carrying our further research on its' properties. However, as I had recently suffered cold symptoms I had been placing a few drops of the oil into a glass bowl of boiling water and inhaling the vapours. Whilst I do not wish to discuss all of this oil's uses, as it would make this review extremely lengthy, I would advise that it is beneficial for depression if used in a burner or vaporiser. I have also discovered that if used with a carrier oil directly on the skin it can assist with muscle aches and pains. However, I have not tried out this method simply because my husband is not very gentle! It seems that this oil can assist with many complaints and it is claimed that regular usage can improve our wellbeing, so this will be a firm favourite in my household for many years to come. I have been using this oil frequently over the last 6 - 7 weeks and the contents do not really appear that I have used any, as only a few drops are needed on each occasion. Consequently, a 10 ml bottle will last me a considerable period of time. I cannot speak highly enough of this oil, particularly as it offers us such a delightful and very uplifting aroma. Unfortunately, I cannot state if it assists with depression, as some days I feel on top of the world whilst others I feel rather down in the dumps. However, this could be due to the normal stresses of every day life and I feel much happier at present due to the lighter evenings and the beautiful hot sunny weather. OTHER INFORMATION Both the outer packaging and the bottle can be recycled once empty. Essential oils should not be used on the skin of pregnant women. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY This product can be purchased from Holland and Barrett either online or in store for £3.79 and in my opinion, it is worth every penny that I paid. Consequently, I give it a thumbs up, together with five stars. I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading. This review will appear on both Ciao and Dooyoo under the same user name.