Bergamot Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
In the world of essential oils, Bergamot is a big player. With its wide array of uses and benefits, the bumpy-skinned bergamot fruit can be found more often than not in function-driven blends.
An aromatherapy favorite, this oil has a balancing effect on body and mind. Soothing and cooling, bergamot is ideal for dry or itchy skin conditions, and its fruity aroma helps to elevate a low mood, enhancing overall well-being.
Here we'll discuss the numerous ways to benefit from bergamot essential oil by adding it to your aromatherapy wheelhouse.
A Little About Bergamot
Named after the Italian city of Bergamo, these orange relatives are very sour, but boast an intensely scented rind. The familiar aroma is used, among other things, as a main ingredient in Earl Grey tea and Eau de Cologne.
The rind of the bergamot fruit is cold-pressed to produce either a light yellow or pale green oil that carries a vibrant, sweet citrus smell.
Bergamot is considered a highly functional essential oil. It's used quite commonly for certain skin conditions, to relieve irritation and soothe dry skin.
The aromatic oil has also been shown, in some studies, to enhance well-being and uplift mood. Combined in a carrier oil (as you should do with all essential oils being applied to the skin) bergamot can be a relaxing massage oil.
Diffused in an oil diffuser, it not only provides fresh scents throughout the home, but produces a calming aura for family and guests.
Health Benefits Of Bergamot
Like most essential oils, the concentrated compound has significant antimicrobial properties. For this reason bergamot can often be used as a spot treatment for acne sufferers. You'll also find it used in many natural deodorants to kill off odor causing bacteria and add a pleasant fragrance.
As for its mood lifting properties, studies have found that bergamot can actually be effective as an anxiolytic. It helps by signaling the brain to release serotonin and dopamine, commonly known as "feel good"neurotransmitters. These brain chemicals are often lacking in individuals who suffer from mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
Additionally, bergamot, when diffused or applied to the skin, may have certain analgesic properties. The terpene known as Linalool found in bergamot and many other citrus fruit rinds has been studied for its effects as a pain reliever.
Bergamot is considered nontoxic and nonirritating in a diluted form. Make sure you buy bergaptene-free, or it may have a phototoxic (sensitivity to light and the sun) effect on the skin.
Always dilute pure essential oils in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba before applying to the skin. Read more on how to safely apply essential oils here.
You can also add a few drops in various skin-care products like body and face washes to promote healthy skin and help with conditions that may be exacerbated by bacteria.
Bergamot essential oil is incredibly versatile considering its multiple uses, from skin care to mood modulation. An aromatherapy powerhouse, this oil is a great one keep around the house whether you're just delving into the world of aromatherapy or a seasoned professional.