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Does anyone know where I may find this? It may also be known as Mexican or Key Lime. Cold pressed essential oil from the rind. Thanks-


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Hi David - you'll find most essential oil suppliers offer Citrus aurantifolia which is one of the possible Latin binomials for Mexican lime, West Indian lime or Sour lime. There are quite a few possible alternatives such as Citrus medica var. acida, Citrus latifolia, Citrus limetta (the Italian lime), and there's a species of lime, Citrus hystrix that produces combava essential oil. I believe if you go straight to Auroma's essential oil listing, you'll certainly find cold-pressed C. aurantifolia, a truly delightful essence. You won't be able to keep it in the bottle for long and that's a good thing. Citrus (and pine needle oils too) oxidize easily and so you'll want to use them up reasonably quickly within 6 months or so. Store in a stable, cool place when not in use. Most true lime essences are cold pressed from the rind and the preferred product for perfumery use. One of the drawbacks for use for aromatherapy use is that C. aurantifolia is reasonably photosensitizing. You may use the distilled product of the whole ripe crushed fruit (usually a by-product of the juice industry) to avoid this potential hazard.Tisserand and Balacs in their book Esential Oil Safety, page 147 state C. aurantifolia is strongly phototoxic due to bergapten which could be present between 0.1-0.3% and should have a maximum % level for use in retail products limited to 0.7% except for bath preparations, soaps and other products which are washed off the skin. If used at above the 0.7% recommeded, then don't expost the applied skin, to sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours. Also be aware that when combined with other phototoxic oils, the risk increases obviously. They also state that distilled lime is not phototoxic but has an inferior odor to expressed lime. Otherwise it's a wonderful oil and blends wonderfully with the mints, clary sage, rosemary, lavender, ylang ylang, lemongrass, citronella and Eucalyptus. Try it with some of the spice oils and even basil - fantastic. By comparison, you can normally tell the difference between the two because the expressed essence is usually a yellowish-greeny liquid with a really freshly sweet citrus smell - almost edible. The distilled essential oil is normally much lighter in color - almost colorless or slightly tinged yellowy and has a sharper fruit fragrance. Hope this helps Best wishes Carolyn


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Does anyone know where I may find this? It may also be known as Mexican or Key Lime. Cold pressed essential oil from the rind. Thanks-

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