Bergamot Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
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Bergamot Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Have you ever drunk Earl Grey tea? If yes, then you had already cherished the bergamot taste and aroma. Tea makers use Bergamot to flavor the tea. In case you do not know, the Bergamot is a fruit that resembles a lemon and is made from a cross between a sour orange and a lemon plant.

If we trace back the inception of this tree, it will lead to the south Italian town of Bergamo, where it gained its reputation. However, different countries started to grow this tree, but it has been part of the Mediterranean diet since the 1800s.

Here in this article, we will let you walk through the world of bergamot essential oil. From its uses to its health benefits, we will discuss everything.

How to use/consume bergamot oil 

Bergamot has a very distinct and citrusy aroma that cosmetic manufacturers add to personal care products. From toiletries to perfumes, you will see Bergamot in every men and women's cosmetics.

Speaking of edible Bergamot, it comes in oil form that people use to flavor their favorite drinks.

Be mindful that experts forbid the use of bergamot oil directly on the skin. Instead, they recommend mixing in coconut or mineral oil for applying to the skin. Also, remember that bergamot oil is not for direct ingestion; you need to mix it in a drink first.

Uses of Bergamot Oil

Bergamot oil does not only bring flavor to your drinks; it also carries medicinal benefits.

1. Aromatherapy 

Bergamot essential oil is a must of Spas and massage parlors since it is highly regarded for its solid and soothing aroma. Moreover, the aromatherapy treatment of bergamot oil is one of the best ways to calm a troubled mind, enlighten mood and boost confidence.

How to use it for Aromatherapy?

You can:

1. Mix the Bergamot essential to coconut oil or any other carrier oil and massage it onto the body.
2.  Add a few drops of essential oil to your favorite skincare products like shampoo, face wash, or body washes.
3. Put bergamot oil to scent candles or dip in the air humidifiers to distribute a soothing aroma.
4. Keep the scent close by pouring a few drops of oil on a handkerchief.

2. Skin Care

Among several compounds of bergamot oil, some contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Considering that, bergamot oil can be best used for treating acne. Moreover, its pain-reducing effect will also help with pain-causing pimples.  

Experts can also vouch for it as a hand sanitizer since it does not contain alcoholic properties like other handwashes.

How to use it for Skin Care?

1. You can add a few drops of the bergamot oil to a carrier. Then, for treating pimples and blackheads, you can apply it and leave it overnight.
2. You can use the oil as a facial rinse by adding a few drops of oil to water or face cleanser.

Note: Keep in mind that you must not apply it to the skin in the daytime or sunlight.

3. Hair treatment

Bergamot oil is highly cherished for making hairs soft and scented after washing. Applying it to the hair can even tame and soften your curls. The best part is it can soothe an irritated scalp instantly and effectively.

How to use it for Hair Treatment?

1. Take your favorite shampoo and pour a few drops of bergamot essential oil.
2. You can also use any carrier oil and then massage at the scalp.

Benefits of bergamot oil 

Scientists are researching bergamot oil, and to date, they have unveiled many benefits. Such as:

1. Reducing Stress

A 2013 research article published in the journal Current Drug Targets indicated that bergamot oil's Aromatherapy could ease mood disorders, stress, and anxiety besides other essential oils. The inhalation of bergamot oil triggers dopamine and serotonin, which are chemicals that make us feel happy and relaxed.

About this study, another research in 2015 on females from Japan revealed that inhaling bergamot oil with water vapor can reduce anxiety and low energy.

2. Fighting food poisoning

Bergamot houses a compound named linalool, which can effectively destroy bacterial food poisoning.

In 2016 researchers tested the effectiveness of different varieties of Bergamot essential oil against Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes are bacteria that induce listeriosis infections. Listeria specimens were sampled from a variety of sources, notably fish and poultry.

The varied Bergamot concentrations exhibited varying degrees of success in preventing the growth of the bacterium samples. The authors found that the efficiency of Bergamot essential oil towards bacteria in food items can be considered.

3. Reduces Cholesterol Level

A review on human and animal studies in 2016 revealed that flavonoids of Bergamot could minimize the lipid level. However, at this point, researchers could not find the scientific reason for it, making the indications doubted.

Two years later, in 2018, a study on rats confirmed those results. Besides, they also revealed that polyphenols of Bergamot could bring anti-inflammatory effects as well.

4. Pain And Inflammation Reduction

A review study in 2017 examined different essential oil compounds for effectiveness towards the pain. animals. The researcher found that both linalool and carvacrol have analgesic, antiepileptic, and anti-inflammatory properties when administered in a number of different ways, including skin application.

Risks Associated with bergamot oil use

Applying the oil in full concentration without mixing in a carrier oil can irritate or damage the skin causing allergic dermatitis. In case of an allergic reaction, you might encounter redness, blisters, pain, or a burning feeling in the affected area.

Experts recommend performing a patch test (applying diluted oil on the forearm) before using any essential oil.

Note that pouring essential oil into a diffuser can badly affect the childers, expecting mothers, and pets.

Besides, the bergapten compound of the Bergamot can induce skin irritation, as per a research study of 2001. If you expose the skin to sunlight after applying the bergamot essential oil, it can cause skin irritation.

The Bergamot in cosmetic products can also bring skin damage upon exposure to sunlight. Although, it is not much of a concern since bergaptene-free essential oils are available as well.

Be mindful that bergamot oil is not intended for swallowing or ingesting since it can interfere with other medications. Besides, the topical use of the oil can also alter the effectiveness of medicines.

In such a case, you need to check for the Bergamot and your medication's interaction. But, again, you can consult a medical expert in this regard.

Conclusion

Bergamot oil brings many health benefits like reducing anxiety, inflammation, curing acne, lowering cholesterol, and much more. However, be mindful that Bergamot can induce skin irritation if you expose it to sunlight. Besides, the Bergamot can also interfere with other medicines, so it is best to seek medical consultation before starting this oil.