Lime Essential Oil
Antibacterial, reviving and energising. The fresh and zesty citrus aroma of Lime Essential Oil enlivens, refreshes and uplifts both mind and body. It can be used in massage blends as a tonic to energize tired muscles and to combat cellulite, and in skin care treatments its astringent action helps balance oily skin and fade spider veins.
Lime Essential Oil is also a powerful antibacterial agent that in research showed an ability to inhibit both types of bacteria (gram-positive and gram-negative), revealing it to be one of the most powerful antibacterial essential oils.
Please note: Quinessence supply only steam distilled (not expressed) Lime Essential Oil, therefore it is not phototoxic and safe for use on skin when diluted appropriately. Expressed lime oil is inferior in both aroma and action, and therefore best avoided in aromatherapy.
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In research at the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, lime essential oil was tested for the very first time to evaluate the antiproliferative mechanism of the oil on cultured human adenocarcinoma. The word antiproliferative means ‘to retard, or prevent the spread of a substance’, and in this case it was cancer cells.
Fruits of Citrus aurantifolia were subjected to hydro-distillation using Clevenger type apparatus to obtain the essential oil. Chemical composition of volatile oil was analysed by GC–MS. Twenty-two compounds representing more than 89.5% of the volatile oil were identified. D-limonene (30.13%) and D-dihydrocarvone (30.47%) were found to be the major compounds in the lime volatile oil.
This oil showed 78% inhibition of human colon cancer cells (SW-480) with 100 lg/ml concentration at 48 h. Lime volatile oil showed DNA fragmentation and induction of caspase-3 up to 1.8 and 2- folds after 24 h and 48 h, respectively, which may be due to the involvement of apoptosis. Analysis of apoptosis-related protein expression further confirmed apoptosis induction by lime volatile oil, suggesting that that it has potential benefits in colon cancer prevention.
This is the very first report showing the possible mechanism of antiproliferative effect of lime essential oil for the prevention of colon cancer in cell culture models.
Source data: Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Ltd
- Botanical Name:
- Citrus aurantifolia
- Country of Origin:
- West Indies / Mexico
- Extracted From:
- Zest of the fruit
- Extraction Method:
- Steam distillation
- Principal Constituents:
- Limonene, g-Terpinene, Terpinolene, a-Terpineol
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