How Often Do You Use Bergamot?
Written by: Steve Fillmore
It is believed that Christopher Columbus brought bergamot to Bergamo in Northern Italy from the Canary Islands. Bergamot is a mainstay in traditional Italian medicine and has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years for skin conditions.
The oil is cold pressed from the rind and is rectified and void of terpenes. It is also produced by solvent extraction or vacuum distillation.
Medicinal uses: Calming, hormonal support, antibacterial, antidepressant.
Fragrant Influence: Relieves anxiety, mood lifting qualities.
There are a number of healthy uses for bergamot essential oil. Bergamot oil is antibacterial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory.
Here are just a few natural ways to use bergamot:
1. Natural and chemical-free mosquito repellant: To make your own mosquito repellant, simply get a 4oz glass bottle. Fill it almost to the top with water, add 5-10 drops of bergamot oil and ½ teaspoon of aloe. Shake and enjoy! No more mosquitos.*
2. Aids digestion: Bergamot stimulates and produces digestive juices and helps in the digestion of food. Simply rub up to 5 drops on your belly to stimulate some good digestive juices.
3. Relieves anxiety and stress: Experts say that when you use bergamot in aromatherapy preparations such as in a diffuser, bergamot oil can lessen stress and anxiety.
4. Deodorant: Bergamot prevents the growth of bacteria, which cause odor. Simply add a few drops to your armpits directly (mixed with a little coconut oil) to control underarm odor.
5. Cleanses oily skin: Use bergamot to lessen oil prone skin. Get a 4oz glass spray bottle, fill it with witch hazel and 5-8 drops of bergamot oil. Spray it onto your skin whenever needed.
6. Reduces cough: Bergamot helps loosen phlegm and mucous in the respiratory tract and is then eliminated through coughing and sneezing. Add a few drops to your hands, cup your hands and breathe. Can also can be applied to your chest.
7. Prevents fungal infections: In the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, bergamot oil is shown to be highly antifungal when used topically for infections brought on by candida fungus strains.
*Note that bergamot oil is photosensitive. What is photosensitive? It means that if you apply it topically to your skin, you may increase your risk of sunburn.
Fun fact: It takes approximately 100 bergamot oranges to yield about 3oz of bergamot oil.
Steve Fillmore is a 2-time cancer THRIVER! His motto in life is: Love, Laugh, Live - Love yourself first; Laugh through all the crazy times; Live for life right now! Through proper diet, exercise and mindfulness, Steve has been able to recreate his body to work with and for him.
For fun, you can find Steve either teaching a Zumba class, or creating websites for clients.
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