Calm and Restore Your Energy
Bergamot essential oil is created from the Bergamot fruit, which is a cross between an orange and a lemon. Most likely it originated in Southeast Asia, where it is still used today, but it got its name and popularity from the coastal city of Bergamo, Italy, where it was grown in abundance, mainly for its oil and not as a juice.
It was used in cosmetics and perfumes, and is the essence flavor in Earl Gray tea. As a medicinal, it has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, and parasitic benefits.
How can Bergamot essential oil help you as an aromatherapy or topical treatment for conditions?
Here are 3 ways:
- Insects: Bergamot oil is a natural insect repellent, and a few drops can be blended with coconut, jojoba, grapeseed or olive oil for use on your skin. It’s also a great bite salve, so if you’ve already been bitten by mosquitoes, rub it into your skin to take the itch away and prevent more bites. Bergamot even repels insects and pests from your plants, so you can put a little in a spray bottle of water and mist your plants to keep them bug-free!
- Anti-Virus Agent: Bergamot oil is known to speed up healing of virus-based skin conditions like cold sores, mouth ulcers, herpes, shingles and chickenpox. Just blend with a carrier oil and apply topically to the sores for fast relief! For colds and fevers, apply Bergamot oil to the bottoms of your feet, the pulse points on the inside of your wrists, in your bath or in a mist vaporizer as aromatherapy.
- Sedative and Mood Elevator: Bergamot oil is beneficial for calming stress and anxiety, and is effective for relieving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. At the same time, itäó»s citrus-y, woodsy aroma is uplifting and refreshing, so it helps with depression, general fatigue and positive attitude. It protects and rejuvenates the nervous system for overall balance and produces calm, productive energy.
Tip: If you are prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs), just add a drop of Bergamot oil to your bathwater. It eliminates bacteria, and prevents it from moving from the urethra up to the bladder.