11 Best Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

The health benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as a deodorant, vulnerary, vermifuge, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge, cicatrizant, and a digestive substance.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil?

Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the Bergamot Essential Oil. The scientific name of bergamot is Citrus aurantium var. or Citrus bergamia. It is a tropical plant but thrives in Europe as well. Its powerful aroma makes it a popular component in many perfumes, and it is often used as the all-important “top note”. It is derived from cold compression, opposed to the steam distillation of many other essential oils. One of the most common applications that you may not be aware of is its use in black tea preparation. The inclusion of bergamot essential oil in regular black tea is then given a different name – Earl Grey!

The chemical composition of Bergamot Oil includes Alpha Pinene, Alpha Bergapten, Alpha-Terpineol, Limonene, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, Beta Bisabolene, Geraniol, Geraniol Acetate, and Myrcene.

Health Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Oil has a very sweet smell and a number of medicinal and industrial uses due to its properties. Explore its health benefits below.

Improves Blood Circulation

The components of Bergamot Oil, like Alpha Pinene, and Limonene, are antidepressant and stimulating in nature. They create a feeling of freshness, joy, and energy in cases of sadness and depression by improving the circulation of the blood. They also stimulate hormonal secretions, thereby helping to maintain proper metabolic rates. This stimulating effect also increases the secretion of digestive juices, bile, and insulin. This aids in digestion, proper absorption of nutrients, assimilation and decomposition of sugar and the resultant lowering of blood sugar. The hormonal impact of this essential oil is part of the reason that it is so powerful on these neurological and mental conditions.

Prevents Infections

Certain components of the essential oil of Bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit the growth of germs, virus, and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, including those of the skin. If regularly used with bathing water or in soaps (it is already used extensively in skin care soaps), the skin and hair remain protected from infections and become shiny. It also cures infections in the colon, intestines, urinary tract and kidneys.

Reduces Pain

Bergamot essential oil reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Actually, it stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain. Therefore, it is very helpful in case of headaches, sprains, muscle aches or any other symptoms/ailments which require a heavy dosage of analgesic pills. This means that you can avoid the dangerous side effects of many over the counter pain medicines, which often have adverse side effects and can damage your liver and kidneys, as well as cause blood thinning and insomnia.

Relaxant & Sedative

The flavonoids present in Bergamot oil are very good relaxants as well. They soothe nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stress, all of which can help cure ailments associated with stress such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. They can also stimulate the activity of certain hormones in the body, which induce feelings of relaxation and sedation, like dopamine and serotonin.

Aids in Digestion

As discussed above, bergamot essential oil activates and increases secretions of the digestive acids, enzymes, and bile facilitating digestion. It also synchronizes and regulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and in this way, it quickens the digestive process and reduces strain to the intestinal tract. In this way, this essential oil can reduce constipation, make bowel movements regular, and prevent gastrointestinal complications like colorectal cancer.

Skin Care

This property of bergamot oil is the reason behind its extensive use in cosmetics and skin care products such as beauty soaps, creams, and lotions. Cicatrisant in bergamot helps heal scars and other marks on the skin. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks and an even, attractive skin tone. This essential oil is commonly used to eliminate the unsightly effects of acne, which can leave noticeable scars on the affected areas for many years.

Eliminates Bad Odor

This property of bergamot oil is popular among the younger generation who is always trying new deodorants, searching for something refreshing and natural. This essential oil is an excellent deodorant. The refreshing aroma and disinfectant properties of bergamot oil inhibit the growth of germs causing body-odor. This makes it an effective and attractive delivery system as a deodorant. Citrus smells are very powerful and can overcome or eliminate many other odors, which is why Bergamot oil is also used in room fresheners and sprays.

Reduces Fever

A febrifuge is a substance that reduces fever and lowers body temperature. Bergamot is a good febrifuge for a number of reasons. First of all, as an antibiotic, it fights infections that arise from viruses, bacteria, and protozoa that cause fever, including influenza (virus), malaria (protozoa) and typhoid (typhus bacteria). Secondly, it stimulates the metabolic system and gland secretions, thereby providing a feeling of warmth and resulting in additional secretion (perspiration or sweat) from the Eccrine glands (sweat glands) and sebaceous (sebum) glands, thus reducing body temperature. This can also reduce the toxicity of the body through perspiration, and clean out the glands and pores of any foreign toxins that can result in a variety of skin conditions.

Kills Germs

It kills worms, and it is a subtle and fragrant choice for children who have contracted worms. It can also be applied to unhealthy, infected teeth or used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from the development of cavities. Intestinal worms can result in malnourishment and other serious deficiencies including various forms of anemia. Therefore, eliminating these worms, particularly in growing children, is a very important application of bergamot essential oil.

bergamotoilRelieves Spasms

It relaxes nerves and muscles, thereby giving quick relief for cramps, convulsions, and painful muscle contractions. This can also be important for people with chronic coughing, respiratory conditions or asthma, which is similar to a spasmodic reaction.

Speeds-up Wound Healing

The same disinfectant and antibiotic properties of bergamot oil make it a good antiseptic agent too. It not only promotes fast healing of wounds, cracks in the skin and heels, ulcers, eczema, and itching but also protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly tetanus. It not only treats and heals the effects of other infections but inhibits the formation of new ones.

Other Benefits

Bergamot essential oil is also a tonic, which means that it tones up the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, and nervous system, as well as skin and muscles. It is also anti-congestive and is used in vaporizers to relieve congestion and respiratory problems, particularly during coughs and colds. It works as an expectorant to loosen up phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts and helps the body to eliminate through natural avenues like sneezing and coughs, thereby eliminating some of the germs and toxins that caused the condition in the first place.

Although research has been limited on some of these issues, the respiratory and digestive effects of bergamot essential oil may be even more extensive than originally thought. Ongoing studies show that application of this essential oil may be able to eliminate the formation of gallstones and protect against colic, halitosis, bronchitis, and diphtheria.

Word of Caution

Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because of bergaptene, one of its components becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles and dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied to the skin, at least until it gets absorbed into your skin.

Blending: Bergamot oil blends with Clary Sage, Frankincense, Mandarin, Jasmine, Black Pepper, Cypress, Geranium, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Orange, Rosemary, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang Oil. It is particularly complementary with other citrus oils.

Bergamot Essential Oil FAQs

What is Bergamot?

Bergamot is the name of a tree, which has the scientific name Citrus bergamia. Interestingly enough, this tree is the result of a cross between a lemon tree and an orange tree. Most people seek out bergamot for the fruit or the essential oil, both of which are packed with beneficial nutrients. Bergamot essential oil, in particular, has become popular in recent years in the west. You can also find bergamot oranges in grocery stores around the world.

What does Bergamot smell like?

Bergamot has a very interesting scent, which is citrus in its base notes, but there is also a strange spiciness to it, which has made it quite popular for perfume producers. Bergamot has been found to blend very well with a number of other perfume base notes, so you will often see it mixed with sandalwood, jasmine, and rosemary. The fruit and the oil both have very strong scents and are highly recognizable.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil?

Bergamot oil is the essential oil of the bergamot tree, which is a cross between a lemon and an orange tree. Bergamot oil can be accessed through cold-pressing and is highly sought after around the world, due to its numerous health benefits. Bergamot oil can help to speed up the healing process with wounds and is also connected to boosting the immune system and protecting it from infections.

How to use Bergamot Essential Oil?

You can use bergamot essential oil in a number of useful and creative ways, including as a topical spread on the skin while showering, as the scent is magnified. It can also help to soothe inflammation and promote healthy skin. Some people choose to use bergamot oil as an air freshener or in a diffuser to fill the room with a pleasant odor. Others add a drop or two of their tea and even apply it directly to their stomach to promote healthy digestion.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil used for?

Bergamot oil is used as an air freshener or an aromatherapy tool, but it is also commonly used in the body or on the skin, due to its therapeutic applications. If you have rough or irritated skin, bergamot essential oil can help clear up the inflammation. It can settle the stomach if added to tea or meals and can help release tension when used as a massage oil. Some people also mix a few drops of their skincare and shower products.

What is Bergamot Good for?

Bergamot is particularly good for relieving stress and anxiety, both due to its aroma and the qualities that the oil has. It can be used in massage and rubbed into the temples to relieve headaches; some people choose to put a few drops in their tea to enjoy the relaxing effects. Bergamot oil is also good for lowering levels of depression and bringing an uplifting aura to the air, which is why it is so popular in diffusers.

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Now I know why I am attracted to Earl Grey tea. I always gravitate to it when I need to break up morning congestion and sour stomach.

I drink a cup of Earl Grey bergamot floured black tea every morning. It's so well working for me

This article has really helped me discover the wonders of bergamot essential oil. It is fabulous and diffuses beautifully leaving the room with an inviting fragrance.

Can bergamot oil be used with eucalyptus oil?

is this oil good for consumption?

no....it can be poisonous,after being exposed to sunlight or certain light bulbs....and can cause convulsions and death....drinking gallons of earl grey tea in one day would be harmful...check current encyclopedias for fact based studies....

Do nt know but if so I am in deep stuff.

Stephanie Dowd

NO ESSENTIAL OILS SHOULD BE TAKEN INTERNALLY!! They are hundreds of time concentrated than the plant they are derived from. They can cause all kinds of problems.

Did you miss the part about earl grey tea?..
Many EOs are completely safe for consumption.

Stephen McDonald

You can consume it. Just be sure that it never ever ever gets exposed to ultraviolet sources such as compact fluorescent light bulbs or sunlight as it becomes poisonous. As long as you observe that it's an excellent supplement and well worth the effort. You can put a drop of it in a tablespoon of olive oil or melted (72°F+) coconut oil for dilution.

You want to make sure the company selling it lists it as okay for consumption/internal use. Some oils have fillers in them that make it less than ideal. DoTerra I know for certain is thereputic grade and okay for consumption, but it has a really strong taste. If you use a drop of lemon, or something that you like, first it blunts the taste of the bergamot.

Nova Paradise

what about the benifets for hair growth? I am currently attending Aveda esthtician program and am sudying the singular notes how else could this oil be used?

Fuzzylogic Asile

how to use this as a deodorant? any recepies available? 😀

Add a couple of ten-20 drops into a bottle of coconut oil.. add some baking soda and magnificent deoderent! I'm sure there is a recipe on pinterest or somewhere if you want exact measurements.

Nan Dunzweiler Alessio

Love the Bergamot Essensial oil and Glenda Roszel and I were talking about it and wanted to share.

Nan Dunzweiler Alessio

Glenda Roszel you are welcome my friend.

Bergamot Essential oil is great for increasing energy and dissipate feelings of depression.

How to take it?

I drink Earl Grey Tea which is a Blend of Black Tea and Bergamot Oil very refreshing with a little Honey and cream Some Health Drs Claim Bergamot oil helps to lower Cholesterol All I can say is the Tea taste real good.

You should take a whiff of this stuff!

I intend to!