Best Bergamot Essential Oil*
Bergamot is good for skin conditions
Bergamot, grown chiefly in Calabria, Italy, is a sour tasting citrus fruit whose rind ironically produces a sweet, lemony oil with a gentle, refreshing fragrance. Bergamot has been cultivated in South America and the United States, but the quality is incomparable to fruit grown in southern Italy's unique soil.
The green or yellow oil is an important ingredient in many colognes and perfumes and is used in the production of Earl Grey tea, giving the drink its characteristic aroma. Bergamot is considered the finest citrus oil and is sometimes called the ''sunny'' oil. It has a soothing, calming effect and simultaneously energizes and uplifts the spirit.
Bergamot is good for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and herpes, acne and oily skin. It's excellent for cystitis and urinary tract infections, as well as for reducing fever. It balances the appetite and is useful for weight reduction as well as stimulating the appetite.
The anti-depressant qualities of bergamot make it ideal for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) on cold, gray days. It's mild, sedating effect helps control anger, relieve stress, reduce nervous tension, fear and anxiety.
Bergamot should not be used on the skin neat. It should only be used in a carrier oil, lotion or bath water. A few drops in a solution is adequate.
Since most bergamot oil is photosensitive, to prevent severe skin reaction, it should not be used on skin within 12 hours prior to sun exposure. However, bergamot oil labeled 'Bergaptine Free' or 'Bergamot FCF' (Furo-Coumarin Free) is safe even in direct sunlight and will not cause a reaction.
Health Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil
One of the main functions of bergamot in the history of oriental medicine was to enhance energy flow, while strengthening digestive function. Commonly used in colognes and perfumes, bergamot’s aroma soothes anxiety and stress, prompts confidence, and brings about serene joy.
Skin health is served by the oil’s anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. The oil is also antispasmodic, sedative, anti-parasitic, analgesic, tonic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, and vulnerary.
Application: 1:1 dilution. Topically, Inhaled, Diffused, Dietary Supplement.
Does your skin get angry whenever you eat junk food? Are your breakouts scarring up your complexion so that you can barely recognize yourself? Bergamot oil is the oil for you! Bergamot oil and the citrus plant, itself, are sensitive to soil quality and climate and require strict specifications for cultivation.
Regularly utilized by the Greeks and Italians, bergamot oil offers several health benefits that support the mind and body. Bergamot possesses skin-rejuvenating properties that help promote clear skin. The oil has a calming effect to reduce tension and stress, or abating feelings of sadness.
This is largely due to its bright and uplifting scent. The oil’s capacity to reduce tension, along with its natural ability to support healthy skin, make it one powerful agent to have on hand when you want to look your best and feel your brightest.
To reduce tension, add 3-4 drops bergamot to your diffuser and diffuse regularly. Add a few drops to your bathwater at the end of the day to melt stress away.
For skin health, put 1-2 drops on the area of concern. You can also use a drop or two of bergamot in your tea for a nice citrus flavor. Lastly, you can apply bergamot topically in massage to knead relaxation into your muscles. Simply rub 1-2 drops softly over the affected area.
General Methods of Application
Apply diluted for sensitive skin. Aromatically. Topically. Internally.
Those with sensitive skin should dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Avoid touching the eyes, ears, and other sensitive areas with the oil. People who are nursing, pregnant, or are receiving medical attention should consult their physician before use. Additionally, make sure to store the oil away from children. This oil is photosensitive; avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after applied topically.
Blend Recipe: Craving Combatant
5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
2 drops Lemon Essential Oil
1 drop Ginger Essential Oil
1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil
2 ounces Jojoba or Almond Oil
The next time you’re craving that Mars bar, blend together all oils in a small glass bowl. Apply topically to your feet’s reflex points. You can also use an aromatic method. Nix the carrier oil and diffuse throughout the room.
Uses of Bergamot Essential Oil
Works well in conjunction with lavender, citrus oils, jasmine and juniper. It acts as an antiseptic, bactericide and parasiticide. Also known to have a laxative effect. In perfumes it brings a spicy/fruity tone and is uplifting and revitalizing and is effective as an antidepressant.
Caution must be used when using Bergamot oil in large doses particularly with respect to the skin. Its uses in aromatherapy range from treating acne sores, skin conditions, greasy skin, cracked skin and open wounds. Effective in the treatment of colds, flu, fever and for the treatment of stress related disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Also, can be used as a natural alternative to insect repellant.