In nature, it is often the small things that pack the biggest punch. So it is with Bergamot, the tiny citrus tree with fruit that is inedible when raw. Originally thought to be native to tropical regions, it is now thought that this plant is perhaps native to Greece. Today, it flourishes in parts of Europe, especially Italy. While many essential oils are derived through steam distillation, bergamot essential oil is derived through cold compression.
Used extensively in perfumes and foods, including Turkish delight, bergamot is also an ingredient in the iconic Earl Grey tea. As an essential oil, bergamot has a variety of uses. Because it stimulates the production of a hormone that lessens nerve pain, it is a mighty analgesic. It can be used for pain control without all the uncomfortable and dangerous side effects of pain medication. It is also a cicatrisant, which means it evens skin tone and fades scars.
Its antibiotic and disinfectant properties make it an ideal essential oil to use to avoid infection. Do you make your own deodorant? Add bergamot! It is a natural deodorizer and will help control body odor. It’s also a vermifuge, which means it kills worms! It can be used to get rid of intestinal worms and promote gastrointestinal health. Bergamot is also very useful in reducing anxiety and promoting peace. Use it to relax and let go of fear.
Use bergamot essential oil to relieve acne, prevent scar tissue, and as a first aid treatment for small cuts or wounds. It can also be used to treat itchy bug bites or chickenpox. Mixed with vitamin E or coconut oil it makes a great treatment for dry skin!
It is important to note that bergamot is a very photo sensitive oil, meaning that one of its ingredients—bergaptene—becomes toxic when exposed to sunlight. If you use it on skin that will be exposed to sunlight, please wait 48 hours before being in direct sun.
To use bergamot, dilute one part essential oil with four parts carrier oil. Apply to Vita Flex points or on location, diffuse, or wear as a perfume. As always, please consult your doctor before using essential oils while you are pregnant. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
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