I absolutely love bergamot essential oil and use it often in my own aromatherapy and natural skin and hair care routines.
Bergamot is one of the most versatile essential oils and comes from the bergamot orange plant and is extracted from the rinds. It has a sweet, citrus scent with a warm, floral quality.
Historical use of Bergamot
The earliest roots of the bergamot tree can be traced to Southeast Asia. Although, it is currently grown in many parts of the world, it achieved its prominence and name in the town of Bergamo in southern Italy. Historically, Bergamot fruit juice was used by the people of Italy to treat malaria and to expel intestinal worms. Bergamot Oil was used in Italian folk medicine as an antiseptic and to reduce fevers. It is also used in Earl Gray tea and provides the distinctive flavor most everyone loves. In Ayurvedic medicine, Bergamot Oil has been used to soothe acne, skin rashes, sores and sore throats, and bladder infections.
Benefits of Bergamot
Bergamot is one of the most versatile essential oils available.
When used for aromatherapy, Bergamot is known to be uplifting and alleviate stress.
Topically, as a massage oil, bergamot is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, and analgesic.
When used on hair, it can help tame and soften curls.
Bergamot is also very beneficial in helping your hair to look and feel more lustrous and healthy and as an extra bonus helps to calm the hair shaft reducing frizz, fly-aways and leave locks soft and smooth.
Bergamot can also used to fight obesity, lift the mood, and reduce eczema.
How Bergamot can help fight obesity:
Bergamot essential oil, in particular, contains high concentrations of polyphenols which are useful for reducing blood fats, preventing the absorption of cholesterol, and stimulating metabolism and can stimulate the endocrine system and combat stress.
How Bergamot can help fight eczema:
Bergamot is an anti-inflammatory properties and can help heal inflamed skin, add elasticity, regulate sebum secretion. As a result Bergamot essential oil can help alleviate symptoms of eczema and other skin problems.
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Achieve healthy and lustrous hair with bergamot:
Bergamot naturally conditions and relaxes curly hair while removing frizz and fly-aways.
- Mix 1 tablespoon jojoba oil with 2-3 drops of bergamot essential oil.
- Massage the mixture vigorously into the scalp for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Rinse after an hour or use it on your wet or dry hair prior to blow-drying or curling it.
Note: Bergamot is a citrus fruit and therefore can make skin sensitive to the sun. Be sure bergamot fully absorbs prior to heading outside.
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