Bergamot is a tropical citrus fruit, the size if an orange but looks like a lime. Citrus aurartiam essential oil (EO) is made from the rind of the fruit and has a sweet slightly spicy flavor.
It is made by cold compression versus steaming like most other EO are made.
If you like Earl Gray black tea, a very popular tea, then you already like the flavor of Bergamot.
Benefits of Bergamot Oil
Bergamot has many cosmetic and medicinal uses.
It is used in medicines and antiseptics to help absorb unpleasant smells and taste of these products.
- It helps with depression, calming, and relaxing. Studies show that Bergamot decreases depression and anxiety, creating more calming and positive feelings.
- It assists with digestion by increasing the secretion of enzymes and bile to help breakdown food.
- Bergamot helps regulate the peristalic action of the intestines assisting digestive processes.
- The EO of Bergamot boosts skin health and has extensive use in cosmetics. It is used in the manufacturing of perfumes for its ability to balance and harmonize aromas.
- It Helps distribute melatonin pigment on the skin resulting in fading of age spots.
- Bergamot EO reduces pain by lessening sensitivity to the pain of headaches and muscle aches.
- It aids the body by stimulating hormonal secretions, thereby maintaining proper metabolic rates.
- Prevents and fights infections due to the compound linalool. It facilities wound healing.
- It acts as a decongestant and expectorant for the respiratory system. Bergamot can be used in vaporizers for respiratory problems.
To get rid of headaches, or stress, rub 2 drops of bergamot on temples, back of the neck to decrease cortisol hormone. Or you can use a diffuser with 5 drops, in your bedroom.
If you are having respiratory issues, rub 2-3 drops on your chest and throat or diffuse into the room.
Rub Bergamot EO on your abdomen for digestive issues.
It is recommended if you have sensitive skin; to blend a carrier oil with your EO whenever using directly on the skin.
Bergamot may react to sunlight or rarely cause irritation or rash; do not use when in sunlight.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.