December 11, 2018

This EO may not make all the top 10 lists like lavender EO, peppermint EO, or tea tree EO, but don’t let that fool you. Bergamot essential oil is a powerhouse that deserves to be on your can’t-live-without-it shelf. It has its origins in Bergamo, a city in Italy and hence the name. It is cold-pressed from the rind of the bergamot orange or citrus bergamia. The small fruit is edible and is somewhere between a lemon and a grapefruit. It is grown mainly in Mediterranean climates. It takes about 100 of them to yield about 3 ounces of the essential oil which has a sweet aroma. It’s often used in the perfume industry as well as the food industry. You may have recognized it as being what helps give Earl Grey tea its unique flavor. Bergamot EO offers a wide variety of health benefits.

What is bergamot essential oil good for?

The benefits of bergamot EO are broad due to its potent antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiseptic and soothing properties. Italian folk medicine used it to rid the body of intestinal worms and cool fevers. The juice of the fruit has been used to treat malaria. But it has many practical uses for today. Here are the top things bergamot essential oil is good for.

  1. Relieving Anxiety.Bergamot EO can help with relaxation and relieve anxiety and stress. Its mild sedative effects help both the body and the mind relax. Put a few drops in the diffuser if you are having difficulty concentrating because of anxiety. It’s also good if you are having sleep issues. Diffuse it when your children are doing homework or preparing for high stakes testing. It’s also great for adults who are trying to make business decisions. It will boost concentration and mental clarity.
  2. Treating Skin. Because bergamot essential oil is considered a cicatrizant, it is good for helping reduce skin blemishes and scars. It’s also good for removing marks left by acne. For those who have dark spots, bergamot EO can help evenly distribute melamine so pigmentation is lighter. It can be used as a face wash to relieve oily skin since its grease-cutting ability removes excess oil from the face. Its antimicrobial properties help prevent acne. You may have seen it used in commercial hygiene products like soaps or shampoos.
  3. Preventing Infections. Due to its antimicrobial properties, bergamot EO is often used as a disinfectant. It’s a good idea to keep it in your first aid kit or medicine cabinet. It’s mild analgesic properties help curb the pain of a cut or scrape too. Mix 10 drops of bergamot EO with a quart of water and wash the abrasion. A couple of drops can be placed on a gauze bandage and used as a dressing too. Bergamot essential oil has strong antibiotic properties that make it useful for protecting against the most serious infections including tetanus.
  4. Pain Relief.Analgesic properties of bergamot EO come from the ability to promote natural secretions that help reduce the sensitivity of nerves. This means it lessens pain in an injured area. It can also be applied topically to help relieve pain caused by arthritis as well as relieving common headaches. To relieve joint and muscle pains, mix equal amounts of your choice of carrier oil and bergamot essential oil. Gently rub the mixture on the area causing pain.
  5. Relieve Congestion. Nasal congestion can make it difficult to sleep. Putting a few drops of bergamot EO in a diffuser can offer relief from respiratory problems. It can help loosen phlegm. Mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and rub it on a child’s chest to relieve cold symptoms. Simply inhaling it from the bottle or adding it to diffuser jewelry can bring relief as you go about your day at work or school. If you are suffering from severe congestion, use 5 drops of eucalyptus and 5 drops of bergamot EOs in the diffuser for relief.
  6. Hair Care. This essential oil has both antibiotic and antifungal properties that make it an excellent option for hair care. It’s useful for reducing itching and fighting scalp infections and controlling dandruff. Add two to three drops to your regular shampoo to reap the benefits. To make a final rinse, mix 5 to 6 drops of both coconut oil and bergamot essential oil to two quarts of water. It will leave your hair looking shiny and smooth.
  7. Room Freshener. The strong, pleasant citrusy aroma of bergamot EO makes for a great room freshener. It quickly masks moldy or musky smells and provides ambiance. Freshen up carpets or upholstery by adding 5-6 drops of bergamot EO to a quart of warm water. Dip a sponge in the mixture and squeeze out extra water. Wipe the damp sponge on furnishings to freshen them up. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spritz it on carpets then wipe it off with a dry cloth. If you enjoy more complex aromas, try mixing bergamot EO with other essential oils. It mixes well with cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils.
  8. Natural Deodorant. Most people are unaware that nearly half of perfume products for both men and women contain bergamot essential oil in varying quantities. Its pleasant aroma makes it a good choice. But so does its antibacterial properties. It keeps odor-causing bacteria at a minimum to help control body odor. You can also use it as a body wash following a bath. Mix two or three drops in a quart of warm water. Keep it in a spray bottle and use it any time you want to ensure you smell fresh.
  9. Antidepressant Properties. For those who battle depression or fatigue, bergamot essential oil can help. Diffuse five to 10 drops two or three times a day for about 20 minutes. This is useful for relieving apathy, sadness, fatigue, negative feelings, and depression. It helps stimulate uplifting feelings and improves energy levels.

 

 


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