What is bergamot and where it came from?
Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) is a plant of citrus family and is very similar to the orange and lemon. The fragrance of bergamot is citrusy with a floral note, which sets it apart from citrus oils.
The fruit of bergamot doesn’t used for eating, even pulp or juice, but is exclusively cultivated in order to obtain essential oil.
It is believed that bergamot originates and is named after the eponymous town in Italy in Lombardy region where bergamot cultivated for commercial purposes in order to obtain the essential oil of bergamot.
The oil of bergamot is obtained by cold pressing of the bark of the bergamot's fruit reminiscent to citrus fruits.
It’s well mixed with all the floral oils, particularly lavender, geranium and other citrus oils.
It is also used as a flavoring agent of black tea. Thus, enriched black tea is called Earl Grey.
What are the Health Benefits of Bergamot Oil?
Bergamot oil is used in aromatherapy primarily in order to suppress or relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, poor sleep.
Its primary role is psychological, or oil of bergamot has the property to act on the nervous system and eliminate all mental barriers that burden the psyche of man.
• The oil of bergamot against depression and anxiety
Depression is a condition accompanied with apathy, moving away from the people, and the desire for solitude, lack of appetite and neglect of personal hygiene. Anxiety is accompanied by states of nervousness and panic.
Bergamot oil is excellent natural remedy for the treatment of these mental illnesses. The essential oil of bergamot contains substances that act on the cerebral cortex and increase the secretion of neurotransmitters in charge of good mood.
• Improves good sleep
Besides affecting the reduction of stress and improve mood, bergamot has the property to soothe, especially in the state of insomnia. This oil soothes, relaxes and brings serenity of soul.
For this purpose, it is best to bedtime instilled two to three drops of bergamot oil on a handkerchief and inhale the essence. You will feel how this oil slowly relax and drift off you to sleep.
If you are constantly stressed out at work, you can also use this trick with oil of bergamot.
When you return tired from work in moments of relaxation, do yourself a bath to which you add two drops of bergamot, lavender and thyme.
• Regulates digestion
If you are depressed, you have a poor appetite or you are otherwise inclined to overeat, bergamot oil can solve the case.
It is enough to dilute oil of bergamot in base oil and massage stomach with it. Bergamot has affinity to nicely eliminates bloating and regulate digestion.
• Antibacterial effect of bergamot
Due to the natural antiseptic properties, oil of bergamot effectively eliminates the symptoms related to urinary tract inflammation - itching, burning, difficult urination.
Bergamot oil can be combined with tea tree oil, sage, because they also have antiseptic properties.
• Analgesic functioning of bergamot
For headaches, pain in the muscles, current injures the oil of bergamot can be rubbed on the sore spot.
What should be emphasized is - the oil of bergamot is very phototoxic oil! For this reason, in case of external use, skin should not be exposed to the sun for the next 24 hours.