Citrus mostruosa essential oil from Sardinia
It’s not a Lemon, it’s not a Grapefruit, it’s Sa Pompia, a rare and precious fruit that only exists in Sardinia, Italy. The Pompia, an ancient and mysterious citrus fruit, grows in Siniscola like a strange gift of nature. It has been known for at least three hundred years and its origin is still unknown but it is one of the plant species that grows only in the Siniscolese territory (in Baronia area of Sardinia). It has also been recognized by the Slow Food international organization. This citrus fruit has an appearance somewhat similar to a citron. ''Sa Pompia'' is the largest citrus fruits that is known: its circumference, irregularly shaped, can reach 70 cm, and it can reach 700 g weight. It is used in the laborious preparation of exquisite pastries: pompìa intrea and s'aranzata. The essential oil is used in cosmetics and herbal preparations.
Stefania Borrelli - Pure and Natural Italian Lifestyle - is honored and grateful to Professor Grazia Fenu to be the first and the only one in Nother America to have this precious essential oil. Aromatherapy products with Sa Pompia oil coming soon.
Researcher Grazia Fenu , Professor of University of Sassari, specialized in phytotherapy, has created a scientific project and the start-up called PHA.RE.CO Essential oils (PHArmacology, REsearch, COsmetic) dedicated to the study of this precious fruit and it’s benefits. She discovered that Sa Pompia has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Oil analysis showed unique high percentages of limonene, α-pinene, myrcene and cis-β-ocimene.
The fruit is so precious and unique that to get 1,5 liters of essential oil they need about 500 kg. of pompia.
Limonene: a molecule found at high levels in Sa Pompia oil (93%) and most other citrus fruit. Its an anti-carcinogenic, liver repair aid, and alleviates fat build up.
Myrcene: a terpene which functions as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain reliever), antibiotic and sedative.
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