The science of aromatherapy helps us enhance relaxation, boost mental acuity, prevent illness and recover from it. The citrusy scent of bergamot is refreshing and revitalizing. But what the heck’s a bergamot?
Bergamot, a member of the citrus family, is a cross between an orange and a lemon. It’s yellowy-orange in color and sweeter than a lemon but juicy like an orange. If you drink Earl Grey tea you’re familiar with its flavor as bergamot is one of the main ingredients. Other than Earl Grey tea, bergamot is used primarily in the beauty industry.
Fun fact: Columbus brought back bergamot to Italy from the Carney Islands. Now the plant is grown in various parts of Europe, including Italy and France.
Bergamot oil is used in traditional Chinese medicine to aid digestion. Bergamot oil contains properties that can help reduce constipation, regulate bowel movements and prevent gastrointestinal complications.
Also, a recent study points to its value in reducing LDL (so-called bad) cholesterol. At the same time, the bergamot extract appears to increase HDL (so-called good) cholesterol, and protect the liver. In the study, bergamot extract also demonstrates anti-hyperlipidemia activity. This means that the extract reduces excess lipids in the blood. Hyperlipidemia leads often to atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries – a precursor to heart attack and stroke. Read more at FoxNews.com
One of bergamot’s most popular uses is in cosmetics, in particular for its scent and healing properties. Bergamot is cicatrizing meaning it contains a property or an agent which helps scars 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 and an even, attractive skin tone. This essential oil is commonly used to eliminate the unsightly effects of acne, which can leave noticeable scars and marks on the affected areas for many years. Read more at OrganicFacts.net
On top of helping with scars, digestion and cholesterol, bergamot has disinfecting properties. These properties combined with its energizing scent make it ideal for a component in a natural deodorant. Check out this recipe to try a natural deodorant.
1/4 cup Baking Soda
5 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay
24 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
1. Blend all ingredients together and place in small container.
2. If the recipe is too soft, you can refrigerate after mixing to help solidify.
3. Use as a crème and apply to underarms with tips of fingers. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before application to get the most out of the deodorant.
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