The majority of bergamot oranges are cultivated on the sun-drenched slopes of the hills and mountains of the Calabria region of southern Italy, and the fruit is named after the Calabrian town Bergamo. In fact, bergamot is the symbol of the Reggio district of Calabria, and is a source of great regional pride. The fruit is also grown in France and Ivory Coast Africa. In Turkey, bergamot is grown for the manufacture of marmalade. The juice, with its tart grapefruit-like flavor, is a favored drink in the island nation of Mauritius, in the Indian ocean, where bergamot is grown on a small scale.
12 Amazing health benefits of bergamot oranges
Studies showed that bergamot lowered the total cholesterol levels in participants as well as the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, which is a major factor for heart disease. It also raised the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is good and has protective benefits.
Bergamot contains extremely large amounts of polyphenols which is another reason it lowers cholesterol… polyphenols are also found in green tea. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that help to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer… and help to remove free radicals and thus slow the aging process and prevent DNA damage.
Bergamot helps in the absorption and breakdown of carbs, and thus helps to keep blood sugar on an even keel. Bergamot can lower blood sugar by as much as 25%… and works well for those who suffer from insulin resistance.
Bergamot also helps to kill bacteria and viruses in the body thus getting rid of infections.
Bergamot contains Linalyl Acetate and Linalool which both help to stimulate hormones that help to relieve pain… great for headaches and minor aches and pains.
Bergamot has the ability to help with stress, kick up your metabolism, and aid in the breakdown of sugars… thus Bergamot can work well for weight loss, and it can also help stress and anxiety eating.
Bergamot is a stimulant because it contains Limonene and Alpha Pinene which are also great for stress.
Apply a single drop of bergamot essential oil to the palm of the hand, rub your hands together, and cup over the nose and mouth for up to one minute several times a day. Also apply 1 drop over the abdomen several times a day. Another favorite is a blend for depression.
Massage 1-2 drops bergamot essential oil into the area of concern 1-2 times a day.
Urinary Tract Infections
Add several drops to your water, or massage over the kidneys, bladder, and urethra up to several times a day.
Apply a single drop to the palm of the hand, rub your hands together, and cup over the nose and mouth for up to one minute, as needed.
Natural Perfume and Deodorant
Bergamot has a very sweet smell, which makes it an ideal deodorant or perfume for daily use. It is used in aroma therapies as it has a refreshing aroma along with disinfectant properties, which claim to inhibit the growth of germs causing body-odour.