2/26/13

All About Lime Essential Oil

It is luscious!

I love getting new oils in the mail. It is better than Christmas when that package arrives. I checked my tracking information everyday in anticipation of getting my lime essential oil. And, I must confess it did not disappoint. As much as I love lemon, lime is better. I have a little confession to make about lemon. I don't like it in my water. I take a daily supplement of cod liver oil, which happens to be flavored with lemon essential oil. It has kind of ruined it for me. Ironically, cod liver oil is supposed to enhance memory. So, I will never be able to remember lemon oil without it being tainted by cod liver oil. This makes me ever so thankful for lime! And I will never, no never buy lime flavored cod liver oil, or orange or cinnamon, or grapefruit. Let's just keep those flavors unadulterated, shall we?


Lime has many of the same uses as lemon, so it depends on your mood for the day. It is a great cleanser and mood enhancer as well.

I asked around my essential oil community to find out how they use this oil. Here are some  ideas they shared:
  • "I Mix with coconut oil and sugar for a luscious body scrub."
  • "It is so good in salsa, guacamole, key lime pie, stir fry, and marinades" (add one drop at a time to taste.)
  • "I love the smell it gives my laundry. Add a few drops to laundry soap."
  • "I rub on my joints to keep them healthy." 
  • "I rub on shoulder and collar bone to stimulate lymphatic system."
  • "I rub on my back at night for easy breathing."
  • "I diffuse lime with eucalyptus for respiratory support.
  • "I rub into nails and cuticles each night with lovely results."
Lime just makes me happy. If I am feeling down, I just open the bottle and smell it, of course then, I have to taste it.  A long, long, long time after I have taken my cod liver oil!

***Warning, may cause uncontrollable cravings for Diet Coke or pina coladas, or insanely expensive vacations to amazing tropical places. Only consume lime oil if it is recommended on the bottle.

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2/20/13

Delicious "Lemonies"

My husband is weird. I don't know how it happened, and I can not explain it, but the man despises chocolate. That would be a good thing for me, you know never worrying about him taking my hidden stash, except for the fact that the kids all inherited an absolute love for the rich velvety stuff from me. So, it is still never safe. Rocky does, however have quite the sweet tooth. I myself have always felt that eating anything sweet in the absence of chocolate is a good waste of sugar. But I must say that these little gems have made me change my mind...although chocolate chips might be a good addition. I adapted this recipe from my favorite brownies, a gift from my sister. The lemon adds a fun twist to an old favorite. And it is made all the more delicious by the addition of lemon essential oil.


Lemon Brownies ("Lemonies")

1 cup butter
2 cups evaporated cane sugar
4 eggs (from the backyard is best...unless you don't have chickens, then don't touch any you may find there.)
1 T lemon juice
1 t lemon zest
2-3 drops  lemon essential oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour ( I used 1 cup ground hard white wheat and 1/2 c ground soft white wheat.)

Whip up butter and add sugar. Once it is a fluff mixture, crack the eggs open and add the insides. Once that is all nice and mixed, add the lemon juice, zest and oil. Then finally add the flour and mix until combined.




 It may not work if you don't have one of these to help you.


Put it in a 9 by 13 pan. I like mine a little thicker, so I used a smaller pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 min. If the edges start to get too brown, cover loosely with foil or a Silpat.


 While it is cooking, mix up the glaze.
1 1/2 C of powdered sugar
1 T lemon juice
1 t lemon zest
2-3 drops lemon essential oil
2-3 T heavy cream
Mix well, pour over hot lemonies when they come out of the oven. Then let sit until cool, or if you are like me, dig in right away and enjoy it while it is hot.


Never one to leave things alone, I think next time, I will make a coconut lime version. Because in the absence of chocolate, the only thing that can even come close would be coconut and lime! Or in hubby's case, Mountain Dew....no folks there is not an oil for that! 

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