Bergamot, Herbs, Fragrant Enhance health and beauty
Bergamot, a local herb with a unique aroma that has been used in cooking. There are many properties according to the Thai drug book, such as anti-inflammatory Antioxidant, cure disease, strengthen health. Maintain beauty in various fields, etc.
In addition to seasoning curry Or cook a variety of Thai food. Fruit leaves and bark of bergamot also contain many bioactive substances such as vitamin C, beta-carotene (β-Carotene), citronellal (Citronellal) beta pinene (β-Pinene). ) And limonene (Limonene), etc., people prefer to use bergamot to use, such as extracting as essential oil, hair and scalp care products, making mosquito repellent or insect repellent. There are some studies and medical evidence proving the various aspects of bergamot as follows.
1.Good for healthy gums and teeth
Oral bacteria are one of the leading causes of gum and tooth disease. Bergamot contains citronella. (Citronellal) that may have antibacterial activity is an important ingredient. Therefore, many studies have proven the antibacterial properties of bergamot in the oral cavity.
One study of kaffir lime leaf oil was tested in a laboratory. To study the inhibitory properties of biofilms and bacteria that cause periodontal disease. The results showed that kaffir lime oil has antibacterial activity and reduces the formation of biofilm, which is a bacterial plaque in the oral cavity by 99 percent, by destroying the bacterial outer cell membranes. Therefore, it is expected that kaffir lime oil may be developed as an essential ingredient in conjunction with other disinfectants in oral care products such as mouthwash. This is in line with another study investigating the properties of essential oils extracted from bergamot and other Thai herbs, it was found that the oil has antibacterial properties that can cause tooth decay and reduce plaque buildup on tooth surfaces. As well But the bergamot is weaker than the bark of cinnamon and basil.
The above research shows bergamot’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which can help prevent gum and dental disease. But more research should be conducted and human trials of bergamot and other extracts to ascertain its efficacy and safety before further application to maintain gum and dental health.
Inflammation often causes pain, swelling, redness, and ineffectiveness of the organs. Thai herbs like bergamot contain polyphenol phytochemicals that are believed to help relieve inflammation from a variety of ailments.
In one study, osteoarthritis patients were given Thai massage or herbal compress balls containing kaffir lime, plai, and turmeric together with other herbs three days a week and compared with anti-inflammatory drugs. Ibuprofen 3 times a day for 3 weeks as well. The results showed that all groups of patients had better symptoms. But saw results clearly in the group who used the herbal compress Therefore, it is expected that bergamot may be used as an alternative therapeutic ingredient. To help relieve inflammation from arthritis such as osteoarthritis, the properties of herbal oils containing bergamot, plai, lettuce, and Wan Sao Long were studied by heat extraction. Found that the said herbal juice has anti-inflammatory effects as well.
However, these studies are only laboratory research and studies using a mix of herbs. Therefore, the anti-inflammatory properties of bergamot should be further researched by human trials and using only bergamot. To find ways to develop drugs or products to relieve inflammation from bergamot in the future.
3. Prevent mosquitoes
Most mosquito repellents contain standard mosquito repellents or DEET that can cause allergic reactions or irritation. Therefore, herbs that contain natural chemicals that may be similar in action are used to prevent mosquitoes. Some studies have shown that bergamot essential oil and various other herbs may have mosquito repellent effects.
According to an old study of laboratory studies of the properties of bergamot oil and other herbs, it was found that bergamot oil, alone or with vanillin at a 5 percent concentration, was able to protect against mosquitoes for a maximum of 3. Hours, but has a less effective protection against mosquitoes than other herbal oils such as turmeric, basil, citronella or standard mosquito repellents. Which provides protection against mosquitoes for about 6-8 hours
Subsequently, research studies on mosquito repellent properties of kaffir lime leaves and skin essential oils vary in concentrations ranging from 0.5 to 5 percent, both in which mosquitoes were directly exposed to the test substance and mosquitoes did not touch the test substance. The results showed that essential oil extracted from kaffir lime leaves had better anti-mosquito effects than those extracted from kaffir lime bark in the same concentration. Except at a 5 percent concentration, which had similar protection against mosquitoes.
The above studies may indicate the possibility of using bergamot as a natural mosquito repellant instead of a chemical. But a lot more research is needed To study the efficacy of bergamot against different strains of mosquitoes. Including the safety in using such products as well
4. Other benefits of bergamot
Besides treatment or prevention of disease Some people also use bergamot as a natural beauty aid. But research in this area is still quite limited. Therefore, they should always use bergamot and bergamot products with caution.
Examples of the use of bergamot in daily life.
4.1 Nourish the hair and scalp.
Bergamot contains beta-carotene (β-Carotene), a precursor to vitamin A, which is an important vitamin that supports skin and hair health. Therefore, kaffir lime can be used to nourish the hair and scalp health by bringing fresh kaffir lime halves to wash your hair again after using shampoo as usual. By rubbing the lime on the hair and scalp After that, leave it for a while and rinse thoroughly with water. Or take the kaffir lime fruit halves to burn it and use it to wash your hair Which these methods may
4.2 Helps nourish the hair to be soft, shiny and healthy.
Bergamot contains vitamin C and various natural acids that may benefit skin health. The fresh kaffir lime seeds may be blended with egg white or mixed with a little water before masking. But should not mask and leave it for too long Because it may irritate the skin
5. Is there safety in using bergamot?
Currently, there are relatively few studies on the properties and safety of the use of bergamot for the maintenance of health and beauty. Although the consumption of bergamot in the diet and the general use of bergamot may not be harmful to the body if used properly and properly. However, it has been reported that bergamot skin oil may cause allergic rashes on the skin in some cases when the body is exposed to sunlight.
Therefore, before using bergamot or any other herb, consumers should carefully study the information. If you want to use oil from the skin of bergamot. Products may be extracted by distillation instead of direct squeezed. Because it will help eliminate substances that cause allergies For using other products that contain bergamot. You should study the product label carefully. Consult a doctor or pharmacist And always start using small quantities first