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Bergamot Essential Oil
Health Benefits and More
Bergamot Essential Oil is a sweet smelling oil that comes from a citrus fruit.
When first researching essential oils
, Bergamot was not something that I was very familiar with. But the more I read, the more I wanted it.
It has a lot of benefits and while it's great for anyone to use, I think women will particularly like this one.
One of the surprising facts I learned was that it is phototoxic - which means that if you have it on your skin when out in the sun, or on a sunbed, it will cause pigmentation of the skin.
Fresh Bergamot Fruit produce a sweet smelling oil that comes from a citrus fruit.
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It's a diuretic, meaning it helps to reduce water weight, bloating and cramping
It improves the digestive system
It aids in digestion
It gives your skin a healthy glow
It can whiten your teeth if mixed with water and used as mouthwash (it contains anti bacterial properties).
It can reduce scarring - such as that of stretch marks and wrinkles.
The anti-scarring factor also makes it valuable in the treatment of chicken pox, shingles and cold sores - all quite nasty skin problems that can leave unsightly scarring, particularly if the skin becomes infected. See below for Recipes.
Relaxes your nervous system and relieves stress and tension
It can be used as a natural deodorant.
Issues that women suffer from such as urinary infections and thrush can also be aided by adding this natural oil to a bath.
You can see why I think women would be especially fond of Bergamot as an aromatherapy essential oil.
If you're sick and are running a fever then this essential oil can also help to lower it due to its febrifuge properties (able to reduce fever).
How To Use Bergamot
If you are using it on your skin, then it is important to mix it with a carrier oil first.
You can add a few drops to your bath water to relieve stress, or aid in the recovery from a urinary infection or thrush.
The scent can also be directly inhaled.
Recipes using Bergamot Essential Oil
ANTI-SEPTIC SKIN HEALER
WHAT YOU NEED:
5 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
20ml of a Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba or Olive Oil
WHAT TO DO:
Mix the above oils together, then dab onto the afflicted areas to speed the recovery, prevent scarring and reduce the chance of further skin infection.
ACNE / OILY SKIN TREATMENT
WHAT YOU NEED:
14 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
5 drops of Cypress Oil
6 drops of Juniper Oil
50ml of a Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba or Olive Oil
WHAT TO DO:
Mix the above oils together, then gently massage into your face.
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