Bergamot Oil – Italian Wonder

Bergamot is considered an Italian wonder, reasons being many, and the main being its properties, and whole and wise benefits…

Bergamot can be found in Italy, Morocco and the Ivory Coast, it originated in Asia. Bergamot is a small tree with long, oval green leaves with white flowers. The bergamot bears a small round fruit that is yellow when ripe. Bergamot’s essential oil is extracted by cold expression from the fruit peel. It has a spicy, delicate scent that is light and refreshing.

Bergamot is used as an antidepressant, and is calming and refreshing for the nervous system. It is highly useful as an antiseptic and is used as an insect repellent. When using as an insect repellent use caution and avoid strong sunlight, bergamot contains furocoumarins, which can cause photosensitivity.

Bergamot received its name from the city where it was first cultivated, which was Bergamot, Italy. It is said that Christopher Columbus brought the tree from the Canary Islands to Spain and Italy. Bergamot oil was very valued oil during the 15th to 16th century; it was used in teas and perfumes. In voodoo it is thought to ward off evil and danger.

In today’s society bergamot is also very valued oil, it is used to aid in the digestion process, in treating urinary tract infections, and also with colic. The essential oil of Bergamot is great with acne, eczema, varicose ulcers and seborrhea of the skin and scalp.

For people with sensitive skin it is advised to use in moderation because if used in excess may irritate the skin.

It is thought that Columbus brought the tree back to Bergamo an Italian city in Northern Italy.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

The plant properties being –

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Digestive
  • Hormonal support
  • Sedative

The Documented Uses and Benefits of Bergamot being…

Agitation, anxiety, loss of appetite, colic, depression, indigestion, infections (herpes, cold sores, respiratory, urinary tract), inflammation, insect repellent, insomnia, parasites, rheumatism, oily skin stress and vaginal Candida.

Alright. Have a look at the reference links now…

  1. Bergamot Oil by Wise Geek
  2. Bergamot by OF
  3. Bergamot Essential Oil by Aroma Blog

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