Alternative Health

Bergamot oil

Bergamot is one of my favorite smells of all time!  One whiff of it and my stress seems to melt away!

Where does bergamot oil come from?

Bergamot is a plant that produces a type of citrus fruit and its scientific name is Citrus Bergamia. It’s defined as a hybrid between a sour orange and lemon, or a mutation of lemon.

Bergamots roots can be traced back to Southeast Asia, but was more widely cultivated in the southern part of Italy. Bergamot essential oil was even named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where it was originally sold.

Bergamot is also used by the pharmaceutical industry, both to absorb the unpleasant smells of medicinal products and for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

There are a number of a surprising health benefits from using bergamot essential oil as a natural remedy. Bergamot oil is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It’s uplifting, and can possibly improve your digestion.

Did you know Earl Grey tea contains Bergamot!

Not only having a wonderful scent, Bergamot has many uses;

  • It is used in some skin soaps because it inhibits bacterial growth
  • It can reduce the feelings of stress & anxiety
  • May help reduce localized pain
  • May be used as a deodorant- it inhibits the growth of germs that cause odor
  • May help relieve nasal congestion

Possible side effects;

When applied to the skin, bergamot may increase skin sensitivity to sunlight

 

***************This information is intended as educational, not as medical advice*******

 

source:draxe

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