A wealth of well-being! It’s precisely the skin  that confers the characteristic scent to this citrus fruit. The exocarp is indeed full of utricles, small cavities that contain the precious essential oil, the famous “Green Gold” used in the perfume industry and as a natural remedy for many health problems: it contains linalyl acetate, with antiviral properties, as well as linalool and limonene, which have antiseptic and invigorating properties. In addition, the skin of bergamot is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, healing and antispasmodic. At the gastrointestinal level it helps against the loss of appetite, parasites and colic. As a disinfectant it is great against halitosis, and it is a valuable ally against genital infections (vaginal discharges and itching). It  activates digestion and eliminates bloating. Recently it has also been used in aromatherapy, for its antidepressant properties. It has a relaxing effect on the nervous system also inducing  physiological rest. Balsamic to the respiratory tract, is also useful as a remedy for acne. The flavedo is rich in vitamin A, important for bones, and E, helpful in strengthening the immune system, preventing cognitive decline and combating problems that affect the cardiovascular system. The albedo, i.e. the white and spongy layer just beneath the skin, together with the pulp, contains two natural active ingredients that inhibit the production of cholesterol in the blood and act as a natural statin on the levels of triglycerides and blood sugar, without side effects as is the case with the use of synthetic statin.