The health benefits of bergamot essential oil can be attributed to its properties as a digestive, cicatrisant, febrifuge, disinfectant, antidepressant, analgesic, sedative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, vermifuge, vulnerary and deodorant substance. Bergamot is a citrus fruit. The rind from bergamot is used for extracting the bergamot essential oil. The scientific name of bergamot is Citrus Bergamia or Citrus Aurantium. This is a tropical plant but thrives in Europe as well. It has powerful aroma which makes it popular component to many perfumes and very often this essential oil is used as the all – important “top note”. This essential oil is derived through cold compression, opposed to the steam distillation of many other essential oils. You should protect the bergamot essential oil from the sunlight because bergaptene which is one of its components becomes poisonous if it is exposed to sunlight. This is a reason why you should store this essential oil in dark bottles and in dark places. Also you should avoid sun exposure even after you have applied or rubbed onto your skin at least until this oil absorbs into your skin.
Health benefits of bergamot essential oil
Antiseptic and vulnerary: This essential oil promotes fast healing of itching, eczema, ulcers, cracks on the skin and heels and wounds and also it protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly tetanus. It treats and heels the effects of other infections but also inhibits the formation of new infections.
Antispasmodic: This property of the bergamot essential oil relaxes your muscles and nerves which mean that it gives you a quick relief from painful muscle contractions, convulsions and cramps. This is also important for people who have respiratory conditions or coughing as well as asthma which is similar to a spasmodic reaction.
Vermifuge: The bergamot essential oil kill worms and this natural cure is a subtle and fragrant choice for children who have contracted worms. You can also this essential oil on unhealthy, infected teeth or it can be used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from the development of cavities. Intestinal worms can result in malnourishment and other serious deficiencies in which are included many forms of anemia so it is very important to eliminate these worms, particularly in growing children. This is one of the most used applications of the bergamot essential oil.
Bergamot essential oil uses
Febrifuge: A febrifuge is an agent or substance which reduces fewer and lowers body temperature. The bergamot essential oil is a good febrifuge for many reasons. This oil is antibiotic which means that it fights infections that arise from viruses, bacteria and protozoa which cause fever, including typhoid (typhus bacteria), malaria (protozoa) and influenza (virus). Also this essential oil stimulate the metabolic system and gland secretions which means that it provides you a feeling of warmth and resulting in additional secretion (sweat or perspirations) from the sebaceous (sebum) glands and the Eccrine glands (sweat glands) and also it is reducing the body temperature. This can also reduce the toxicity of your body through perspiration and it can clean out the glands and pores of any foreign toxins which can result in different skin conditions.
Deodorant: Bergamot essential oil has deodorant property which is a reason why this essential oil is very popular in young generations who always are trying to find new deodorants on the markets which can natural and refreshing. It has refreshing aroma and disinfectant properties which are inhibiting the growth of germs which are causing body odor. Citrus smells are very powerful and they can eliminate or overcome many other odors that people smell in some areas. This is a reason why the bergamot essential oil is used in many sprays and room fresheners.
Cicatrisant: This property is a reason why the bergamot essential oil is used in many cosmetics and skin care products such as lotions, creams and beauty soaps. This property of Bergamot essential oil means that it will help scars and other marks on your skin to disappear.