A study in Britain found that Earl Gray tea protects against cardiovascular disease precisely because it contains bergamot. Citrus bergamia is a tree and fruit from the citrus family, it looks like a small orange, but is lime-coloured. Although it is full of vitamins C, B1, B2, A and potassium, the fruit is not eaten fresh due to its very strong, sour taste. That is why it is usually candied and is a common ingredient in Turkish delight, while its skin is used to make an aromatic and refreshing oil.
A few drops of this essential oil mixed with olive oil helps digestion, reduces gas and bloating. If rubbed into a sore spot it can help with headaches, muscle and joint aches. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties are the reason why it is often part of deodorants, soaps and body care oils. But bergamot oil has another important quality when it comes to our skin: it effectively promotes the healing of wounds, acne scars, it neutralises hyperpigmentation and smooths out stretch marks. Its regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties help with eczema and skin inflammations.
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