Now is the time to get to know a completely different medicinal product of nature which is bergamot. It is the fruit of a tree called: “bergamot” belonging to the family of rutaceae. Its scientific name is citrus bergamia. It has been found for millennia in Italy (more precisely in the province of Reggio Calabria), but in reality it is native to the East. Bergamot essentially produces oil with a pleasant and powerful fragrance. It offers many therapeutic benefits, and is very popular in the food industry, perfumery, aromatherapy and cosmetics. Bergamot is rich in flavonoids, 5-methoxypsoralen, limonene, polyphenols and linalyl acetate. It also has a high vitamin C content, thus effectively promoting immune defenses and slowing down cell aging.
When is it recommended?
Bergamot is a fruit with multiple medicinal characteristics. It is an excellent vermifuge which promotes in particular the stimulation of digestive and intestinal disorders. It participates in the improvement of the quality of sleep, the fight against depression and stress. It is also ideal for tanning because it contains a substance (furocoumarin) optimizing the photosensitization of the skin. Bergamot also stimulates the stomach.
In herbal medicine: options for uses and preparations
With bergamot, we have the choice between different uses such as infusion and essential oil.
Benefits ofbergamot essential oil :
- To make an energy drink, simply add a drop or two of bergamot essential oil to a cup of hot water.
- This oil allows the relief of possible irritations and burns of the skin, caused by psoriasis or eczema for example. To heal minor wounds, the oil should be applied to the infected part.
- The infusion of bergamot is also beneficial to alleviate transit problems.
It can also be added to sunscreens, cologne, sweets and tea.
How to Maximize the Benefits of Bergamot
Bergamot is a citrus fruit with high nutritional value. Ideal for fight against winter diseases. The kitchen invites it as juice or zest seasoning for shellfish, meat and fish. It is just as perfect for various savory or sweet recipes. It is used to give an exceptional flavor to teas, thanks to its almost bitter and acid taste. And, of course, it can be eaten raw or candied.
The essential oil of bergamot is full of ultra-powerful therapeutic assets. Indeed, it has a relaxing, antiseptic, vermifuge and antispasmodic effect.
Bergamot and its contraindications
With its strong odor, the dosage should be carefully considered. Knowing that it contains a furo-coumarin, it is better to consult a specialist practitioner before using it in order to avoid the risk of cancer.