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Alternative Names

Adam's Apple, Bara Nimbu, Bijapura, Citron Vert, Citronnier Vert, Huile de Lime, Italian Limetta, Key Lime, Lima, Lime Oil, Limette, Limettier, Turanj CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Linden

Scientific Name

Citrus Aurantifolia

Why Do People Use Lime?

Oral preparations of Citrus aurantifolia (lime), like lime powder, are used for dysentery. Topically - Lime oil is applied to the skin as an antiseptic, stimulant and for nausea. In Cosmetics - Lime oil is normally added in number of cosmetic products as fragrance component. Whereas, distilled lime oil is utilized as a fixative in cosmetics.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Orally used lime is safe when used in amounts commonly found in food items. Lime has attained Generally Recognized As Safe status (GRAS) for use in various foods items in the United States. Studies also shown that lime peel can be used in medicines as well. Likely Unsafe - Topical usage of lime oil has reported to have adverse effects because of the photosensitizing constituents in lime. Avoid in Pregnancy and Lactation - Due to unreliable and scarce information, doctors do not advise to use lime for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers particularly amounts greater than those typically found in foods.

How Effective Is Lime?

Not known,

How Lime Works?

The most effective parts of Citrus aurantifolia are the fruit, peel and juice. Constituents like oxypeucedanin and furocoumarins bergapten in lime oil have photosensitizing effects. There are also bergamottin constituent in lime juice, which competitively inhibits cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) activity.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Lime?

Topical application of lime oil can lead to hypersensitivity issues. Photosensitivity issues are reported particularly in fair-skinned people.

How Lime Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Lime Interacts With Drugs?

Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) Substrates - Interaction rating between lime and cytochrome substrates is moderate so be careful about this mixture. Lime juice inhibits cytochrome substrates P450 3A4, which result in increased drug levels as well as potentially enhance the risk of adverse effects. Drugs in such category metabolized by CYP3A4 that may be affected are some benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), triazolam (Halcion), midazolam (Versed) and calcium channel blockers which include diltiazem (Dilacor, Cardizem, others), amlodipine (Norvasc), verapamil (Verelan, Calan, others), felodipine (Plendil), cyclosporine (Sandimmune and Neoral) and some HIV antivirals for example ritonavir (Norvir), indinavir (Crixivan), HMG CoA reductase and saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase) inhibitors such as lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor) some macrolide antibiotics such as quinidine, clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin and many others. Photosensitizing Drugs - Interaction rating between lime and photosensitizing drugs is moderate, so be careful about taking this mixture. Concomitant use of lime oil with photosensitizing drugs may enhance the potential risks of photo toxicity.

How Lime Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Lime Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Lime Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Not known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Lime?

There is no specific oral or topical dosage available for lime.


Distilled lime oil is obtained from the whole crushed fruit of the lime tree. Expressed lime oil is obtained from unripe lime peel.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Lime Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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