Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the Bergamot Oil. It is a tropical plant but thrives well in Europe too. It has a very sweet smell and a number of medicinal and industrial uses due to its properties. Here are 11 uses and health benefits of the Essential Oil:
- Antidepressant & Stimulant: The components of bergamot oil are anti-depressant and stimulant in nature. They give a feeling of freshness, joy and energy in cases of sadness and depression by improving circulation. They also stimulate hormone secretion and thus help maintain proper rates of metabolism. This stimulating effect increases secretion of digestive juices, bile and insulin, thereby aiding digestion, proper absorption of nutrients, assimilation and decomposition of sugar and the result is lowering of blood sugar levels.
- Relaxant & Sedative: Bergamot oil is a very good relaxant too. It soothes nerves and reduces nervous tension, anxiety, stress etc. and therefore helps cure ailments associated with stress such as sleeplessness, high blood pressure etc.
- Antibiotic & Disinfectant: Certain components of the essential oil of bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit growth of germs, virus and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, such as those of skin. If regularly used with bathing water or in soaps (this is already used extensively in skin-care soaps), the skin and hair remains protected from infections and they become shiny. It also cures infections of the colon, intestines, urinary tract and kidneys.
- Antiseptic & Healing Agent: The same disinfectant and antibiotic properties of bergamot oil make it a good antiseptic agent. It not only helps fast healing up of wounds, cracks on skin and heels, ulcers, eczema, itches etc. but also protects wounds from being septic and developing tetanus.
- Fevers: Bergamot oil contains a substance or an agent that reduces fever and lowers body temperature. First, being an antibiotic, it fights infections from virus, bacteria and protozoa which cause fever, such as influenza (virus), malaria (protozoa) and typhoid (typhus bacteria), and thus helps curing fever. Second, it stimulates the metabolic system and secretions, thereby giving a feeling of warmth and results in more secretion (perspiration or sweat) from the sweat glands, thus reducing body temperature.
- Analgesic: It reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Actually it stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen sensitivity of nerves to pain. So it is very helpful in cases of headache, sprains etc.; all those symptoms which require heavy dosages of analgesic pills.
- Digestive: As discussed above, it activates and increases secretions of the digestive acids, enzymes and bile and facilitates digestion.
- Assisting with scar healing: This property of bergamot oil is the reason behind its extensive use in cosmetics, skin-care products such as beauty soaps, creams, lotions etc. It contains an agent which helps the scar and other marks on the skin to disappear. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin even and uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks.
- Deodorant: No doubt, this property of bergamot oil is going to attract the teenagers who are after every new deodorant in the market and desperately want something really refreshing and natural. This is an excellent deodorant. Its own refreshing fragrance and disinfectant properties (which inhibit growth of germs causing body-odour) make it a really effective and attractive package as a deodorant.
- Antispasmodic: It relaxes nerves and muscles and thus gives quick relief in cramps, convulsions, painful muscle contractions etc.
- Worms & Germs: It kills worms. This will be a very fragrant choice for children who have worms. It can also be applied on an affected tooth or used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from cavities.
Other Benefits: It is also a Tonic, That is, it tones up the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, nervous system as well as skin and muscles. It is also an anti-congestive and is used in vaporizers to relieve congestion and respiratory problems, particularly during the cold and flu season.
Few Words of Caution: Bergamot Oil must be protected from sunlight. Bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why it should be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Even exposure to sunlight should be avoided after it is applied or rubbed on skin.
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