Bergamot is a type of plant grown in southern Italy. Nowadays, it is also cultivated in other places, even in some parts of the United States. The bergamot plant produces a citrus, and the oil extracted from the shell of that citrus has traditionally been used to make medicine.
In ancient times, bergamot was applied directly to the skin to treat psoriasis and other skin conditions. Today, it is used as something more than a topical treatment: it is used as a flavoring compound and to reduce cholesterol.
Bergamot Oil in Tea – One of the most common teas containing bergamot oil, obtained from the bergamot orange peel, is Earl Gray. Bergamot oil gives Earl Gray its orange flower scent, but also adds other values. In December 2007, "Positive Health" published an article on how aromatherapy from oils, such as bergamot, can help people suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
Natural perfume and deodorant – Bergamot has a very sweet smell, which makes it a deodorant or perfume ideal for daily use. It is used in aromatic therapies, as it has a refreshing aroma along with disinfectant properties, which are intended to inhibit the growth of germs that cause body odor.
Some experts suggest 250 mg of bergamot extract plus 50 mg of vitamin C twice a day. Perhaps divided doses can help the extract to remain in your body for a longer period which in turn gives you better protection against oxidative stress.
It is not known how much fresh bergamot juice is needed to produce 1,000 mg of extract (amount used in the study). Perhaps 100 ml (about 1/3 glass) of fresh bergamot juice can provide approximately equivalent to 500 – 2,000 mg of a dried bergamot extract. This is just an assumption … The actual content may be less or more. If you want to drink fresh juice you can start experimenting with lower doses first.
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