When a choice is laid in front of you, to choose between artificiality and nature…what would you pick?
Can I assume the answer being nature?
If so, then nature indeed has brought us the best it could in the form of Bergamot essential oil…
Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the Bergamot Oil. The scientific name of Bergamot is Citrus Aurantium var. or Citrus Bergamia. It is a tropical plant but thrives well in Europe too. The chemical composition of Bergamot Oil includes Alpha Pinene, Alpha Bergaptnen, Alpha Terpineol, Limonene, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, Beta Bisabolene, Geraniol, Geraniol Acetate and Myrcene.
This tree is native to South East Asia, but was introduced to Europe, and particularly Italy and is also found in the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
Bergamot oil is made from a tree that can grow up to four meters high, with star-shaped flowers and smooth leaves, bearing citrus fruit resembling a cross between an orange and a grapefruit, but in a pear-shape. The fruit ripens from green to yellow.
The oil is one of the most widely used in the perfumery and toiletry industry and forms, together with neroli and lavender, the main ingredient for the classical 4711 Eau-de-cologne fragrance. It is used to flavor Earl Grey tea.
The name is derived from the city Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where the oil was first sold.
Many people believe there are medicinal benefits associated with bergamot oil. According to “The Aromatherapy Bible,” bergamot oil added to a bath is thought to reduce fever. Because of its purported antiseptic abilities, bergamot may be effective at treating infections. It may also aid in curing urinary tract infections. Some holistic practitioners believe bergamot can be used to treat a wide variety of digestive and respiratory diseases. According to wildcrafted.com, bergamot may be used medicinally to treat diseases such as diphtheria, bronchitis, gall stones, colic and halitosis.
The therapeutic properties of bergamot oil include –
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