Bergamot Essential Oil: Therapeutic uses: Acne, appetite regularity, anxiety, colds and flu, cystitis, depression, digestive system, eczema, fatigue, fever, flatulence, halitosis, infection (all types, especially skin), mouth infections, nervous tension, sore throat, stress, tonsillitis, urinary tract. Bergamot is one of the most versatile essential oils, as not only does it have sedative qualities, but also stimulating as well. It appears to adapt to the needs of the person using it. Bergamot also gives Earl Grey tea its unmistakable and unique flavor, which makes it a favorite among tea lovers everywhere. Bergamot has an uplifting, energizing scent which also makes it perfect for aromatherapy. Bergamot essential oil reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Actually, it stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen sensitivity of nerves to pain. Therefore, it is very helpful in case of headaches, sprains, muscle aches. The flavonoids present in Bergamot oil are very good relaxants as well. They soothe nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stress, all of which can help cure or treat ailments associated with stress such as sleeplessness, high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. They can also stimulate the activity of certain hormones in the body, which induce feelings of relaxation and sedation, like dopamine and serotonin. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin.
* History: Bergamot has a rather controversial history. Some say it originates from Northern Italy, taking its name from the the small town of Bergamo where it was discovered. Others state it originated in India, and its Turkish name means “King of Pears”, which reflects the pear- shaped fruit of the plant. Certain components of the essential oil of Bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit the growth of germs, virus and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, including those of the skin.
This essential oil is phytotoxic, which means it increases the effect of sunlight. Therefore, never apply Bergamot to skin before exposure to sun. Additionally, do not apply neat on skin; must be diluted in a carrier oil or cream.
* Not recommended for use if pregnant.
Essential oils are natural products extracted in a number of ways from plants; however, all plants do not contain essential oils. Essential oils extracted from plants contain aromatic properties used as remedies for a number of problems. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy practice to help ease muscle pain, emotional problems, menstrual issues, skin problems, arthritis and more, Fragrance oils are synthetic products and therefore do not possess the natural healing properties of essential oils. Fragrance oils are essentially a "pleasant" aroma,
Essential Oils are useful in the practice of aromatherapy. Essential oil is not actually an "oil" in the traditional sense of the word. Essential Oils are all natural products derived from the plant (bark, flower, fruit, leaves, root). They can deliver positive benefits to the body. Benefits of essential oil include soothing, calming, stimulating, refreshing, centering, and warming to the system.
Many of the essential oils have multiple uses. For example, the essential oil of
lavender works successfully in relaxation- just by breathing it in, but also is
known for having excellent topical healing powers as well as scar reducing
Our sense of smell can be one of the most powerful senses we have. The
olfactory nerve located in the brain is vital to the sense of smell. Together smell
and olfactory work simultaneously to do amazing things for our bodies. Some
examples of this powerhouse combo are: heal our illnesses, set an
atmosphere or mood; and even bring back floods of memories that have been
buried for years.
So, it is safe to say that when it comes to essential oils, the more you
know, the more multiple uses you will have for your essential oil.