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Despite our best intentions, stress and anxious thoughts can creep into our lives and begin to sour our happiness. Key Lime is an essential oil that helps us slow down and find a sense of harmony and calm.

Key Lime can be especially helpful for those struggling with sadness and feelings of unhappiness. Beyond Key Lime’s sweet and tart aroma, it can be applied topically to help skin irritations and insect bites. It also can improve vitality during the cold and flu season. Key Lime pairs amazingly well with Geranium and other citrus and floral aromas.

Native to Asia, the Lime tree was first introduced by the Moors. British ships transporting Limes were called "lime juicers" because crews depended heavily on the Lime’s high vitamin C content during long voyages. Today, it is cultivated in Italy, Africa, the West Indies and the Americas. The small evergreen tree grows up to 15 feet in height and sprouts ovate leaves, small white flowers and bitter fruit. The peel of the fruit is cold pressed to extract the lovely essential oil. 


Botanical Name: Citrus x aurantifolia var. swingle

Origin: Mexico

Method: Cold Pressed

Plant Part: Peel

Note: Top

Family: Rutaceae

Synonym: Mexican Lime, West Indian Lime

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Geranium, and other citrus and florals

Aroma: Sweet, rich, tart, and likened to a Lime popsicle

Consistency: Thin

Color: Clear

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Key Lime batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Citrus aurantifolia. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying topically.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 0.7%

Adult Max Dilution: 0.7%

Shelf Life: 2 Years

Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between Key Lime essential oil and Lime?
  • Key Lime can be especially helpful for those struggling with sadness. It can uplift the spirit, reduce stress and offer a mood boost and sentiments of happiness. Beyond Key Lime’s sweet and tart aroma, it can be applied topically to help skin irritations and insect bites. It also can improve vitality during the cold and flu season. On the other hand, Lime oil is frequently used in facial and body cleansers and simple diffusion is the perfect way to purify the air and provide an uplifting fresh aroma. It contains high levels of limonene, making it an effective deodorizer to purify the air and excellent in naturally cleaning surfaces.
How to make homemade Key Lime essential oil?
  • Key Lime essential oil uses the Latin name Citrus x aurantifolia var. Swingle and is derived from the peel of Key Lime fruit through a process called cold pressing. A cold press works by pricking the citrus rinds, causing the essential oil to be released. The oil and juice then drip down into a container and are separated in a centrifuge. While it may not be possible to make Key Lime essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as an essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
Is Key Lime essential oil safe during pregnancy?
  • Key Lime essential oil is safe to use while pregnant when following proper safety guidelines. It is not recommended that you use essential oils in the first trimester, which is considered the most delicate time in pregnancy. It is recommended that you do not use essential oils frequently, but rather minimally. Dilute your essential oil to 1% during topical skin application so that you don’t overwhelm your system. Lastly, if you’re having complications, it may be best to avoid essential oils.
Is Key Lime essential oil safe for cats?
  • If choosing to use Key Lime essential oil around your cat, it’s important to look out for warning signs such as behavioral differences, such as whining, scratching or acting loopy. Stop using essential oils around your cat if you notice these signs, and don’t use essential oils around kittens and pregnant cats. We don’t recommend applying essential oils to your cat or administering oils orally without consulting a holistic veterinarian. You may diffuse small amounts of oil around your cat, but be sure to do so in a well-ventilated room where your cat can leave if desired.
Can I use essential oils to make lime juice?
  • It is not recommended to use essential oils to make juice. Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Key Lime essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

DIGESTIVE ISSUES: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Key Lime, 5 drops of Ginger and 5 drops of Sweet Orange. Or add 5-6 drops of Key Lime to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes. Alternately, add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 4 drops of Key Lime, 3 drops of Ginger, 8 drops of Peppermint, 9 drops of Sweet Orange and 4 tablespoons of Sweet Almond oil. Shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage. (2% dilution)

DELIGHT: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Key Lime, 5 drops of Basil and 5 drops of Lemon. Or add 5-6 drops of Key Lime to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

SUGAR SCRUB: To exfoliate the skin and smooth the appearance, mix together: 2 drops of Key Lime, 11 drops of Cypress, 13 drops of Tangerine and 14 drops of Grapefruit. Add ½ cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of Jojoba and 1/4 cup of Sweet Almond oils. Stir to mix well. Use as a last step in the shower, on wet skin. Gently massage 1 tablespoon at a time over the entire body or focus on thighs and buttocks. Rinse and blot skin dry to seal in moisture; revel in the aroma left on your skin and start your day with a boost. Use a spoon to scoop out. Avoid getting product wet to prevent contamination. (1.7% dilution)

CLEANING SPRAY: In an 8 ounce spray bottle add: 20 drops of Key Lime, 30 drops of Litsea, 15 drops of Lemon, 25 drops of Tea Tree, 20 drops of Rosemary, 18 drops of Cinnamon Bark and 16 drops of Peppermint, then fill with 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 grain alcohol. Shake well before each use.

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