What Is Bergamot Oil?

Bergamot oil, also known as Citrus bergamia oil, is derived from a plant in the Rutaceae family. It is a volatile oil with a bitter aromatic flavour and a distinctive good odour. The bergamot orange tree is a hybrid between the lemon and orange trees, which explains its pear-like appearance and yellow hue. Surprisingly, 100 bergamot oranges produce just about three ounces (85 grammes) of bergamot oil.

While its origins can be traced back to South East Asia, bergamot was more commonly grown in Southern Italy, especially the coastal regions of Reggio di Calabria and Sicily. Bergamot essential oil, in particular, was named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where it was first marketed. Bergamot is grown in the Ivory Coast, Argentina, Morocco, Turkey, and Brazil, among other places.

How Bergamot Oil Works?

The colour of bergamot essential oil is bright yellow-green. A-pinene, myrcene, limonene, a-bergaptene, b-bisabolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl acetate, geraniol, geraniol acetate, and a-terpineol are among its active chemical components. Melitidin and brutieridin, which have been shown in experiments to have statin-like properties, are only present in citrus bergamot.

Bergamot oil is an essential oil that is used to fragrance cosmetics and skin care products. While it has mostly been used as a massage oil for aromatherapy, bergamot oil is thought to have soothing properties. As a result, bergamot oil can help to soothe and nourish the skin while also improving the organoleptic profile.

What Are The Benefit Of Bergamot Oil?

Bergamot oil contains a range of useful active chemicals, which allows it to be used successfully for a variety of situations in a variety of ways. Bergamot essential oil can be:

  • Used to further relieve stress, by adding it to water for an aromatic soak.
  • Inhaled for an immediate sense of positivity.
  • Topically applied to relieve mosquito bites
  • Massaged on the abdomen with chamomile and fennel natural oils to cure gas, indigestion, and flatulence.
  • To avoid UTI recurrence, it can be combined with lavender, salt, and purified water as a genital wash.

To conclude, bergamot oil has antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and relaxing properties, which makes it a highly beneficial natural health-maintaining ingredient.

Reference Sources

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